Cinema as it should be


Despite pleas to have it reopened as a traditional cinema, the Ritz Cinema in Enniskillen lost part of its iconic value recently with the removal of the ‘Itchy Feet – The Band’ sign on its facade.

The end of an era? An era where cinemas were characterised by their tuck shops, popcorn sellers, being directed to your seat by flash lamp and the excitement of actually seeing ‘moving pictures’?

Fermanagh Concert Band, which is presenting ‘A Night at the Movies’ on Friday 22nd of March at 8pm in Enniskillen Library certainly won’t be undertaking management of the Ritz, but they will get pretty close! By melting all the elements of a typical cinema into one night’s entertainment, the band and its director David Baxter will create the buzz and excitement likened to your first cinema experience.

The band and its committee have worked tirelessly since December to bring their vision of A Night at the Movies to life, and since its members are of all ages and from all walks of life, the task has been an easy one. The playlist is rich and varied, sending out a wealth of emotions, just like every good film! The evening will take you across the globe, with Hollywood favourites such as ‘The Godfather’, and the sun-scorched earth sounds of ‘Once upon a time in the West’ to the Russian film ‘Alexander Nevsky’.

Fermanagh Concert Band are also trying their luck at a bit of time travel, with a trip back to the War Years, featuring ‘Colonel Bogey’ from The Bridge on the River Kwai, ‘The Luftwaffe March’ from The Battle of Britain and the especially poignant Theme from Schindler’s List.

A delightful selection of children’s favourites, such as ‘Colors of the Wind’ from Pocahontas and The Muppet Show Theme will be enough to put the guns and blasts of the War Years at ease, as will any young members of the audience, who are invited to dress up as their favourite cartoon character, with a prize for the best!

In order to truly fulfil the phrase ‘Lights, Camera, Action’, the cinema experience will be enhanced with lighting, costume, choral music from Erne Integrated College Chamber Choir, live dramatisations, refreshments, and of course, film, which will be projected as the band plays.

So for a typical cinema experience with an entirely new dimension, come along to A Night at the Movies, on Friday 22nd March at 8pm in Enniskillen Library.

Tickets are available at, from KB Music, Queen Street, Enniskillen or at the door on the night. Check out the band on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

A Night at the Movies
Fermanagh Concert Band, with director David Baxter, present ‘A Night at the Movies’, on Friday 22nd March at 8pm in Enniskillen Library. The evening promises to be a feast of movie-music classics, which will serve as part of the wider ‘cinema experience’, including film clips, live dramatisations and choral music from members of Erne Integrated College Chamber Choir. Tickets are available at, from KB Music, Queen Street Enniskillen, or at the door on the night.

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