OSWESTRY’S only independent cinema has announced it will remain in the town after extending its lease.

Kinokulture, based at the former United Reform Church in Arthur Street, was set to close down in April after negotiations to extend its lease seemed to hit the buffers.

It looked as though the cost to remain at the church would be beyond the means of the volunteer-run service, however recent negotiations have been successful, resulting in a new five-year-lease for the group.

Owners Ruth Carter and Ian Garland are happy with the news, having spent some time looking for other potential locations in Oswestry.

Ruth said: “We’re obviously very happy. There were no alternative locations in town – we looked thoroughly but nowhere in town would suit.

“It’s hugely important we stay in the area, it isn’t just about entertainment. I firmly believe films should be on the big screen and in a community space. It offers people the chance to make friends and enjoy time together socialising in a safe place.”

With the news of the new lease, Ruth and Ian are looking ahead at providing more services to their visitors in the future.

Ruth said: “We’ll have new programme strands and live broadcasts of new theatre productions.

“We have a new Beethoven season in September to celebrate his work too, so we’re planning way ahead, especially with the live broadcasts.

“During the holidays we will be running our family friendly season, and we will also be starting a midweek season focusing on British and international independent films. This will all be run alongside our regular, more mainstream cinema programme.”

Ruth gave a special mention to the people who use the service and help with its running: “We’re incredibly pleased and thankful to both our volunteers and our supporters – they have been amazing.”