For film fans in Oswestry, the only news this week is the long awaited reopening of our community cinema, Kinokulture.

A lot has changed since it closed back in March, including the cinema itself.

There is now a one way system through the cinema, the number of seat rows has been reduced to enable the remainder to be spaced further apart, and there is a whole new row of sofas on the back row with screens between them.

It’s a bold re-imagining which continues with screened off seating ‘pods’ so your group can still have a pre–film chat together, the whole auditorium feels well-spaced and comfortable, a nice place to go for a night out. This work has clearly taken a huge amount of effort from owners Ruth and Ian, and I hope our town pays them back by continuing to support the cinema.

They reopen with a feel good film, Military Wives, screening this Friday and Saturday night, and a matinee showing of the fantastic musical, Kinky Boots, on the Sunday. Military Wives had the misfortune to be released around lockdown and it’s great to see it getting a second chance now.

Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan star as the soldiers’ wives who help start a choir of, you guessed it, military wives, while their partners are away in Afghanistan. The two butt heads as their differing styles cause friction, before no doubt learning to get along with winning results. Based on a true story featured in Gareth Malone’s BBC series, The Choir, this promises to be a hugely enjoyable film. Think of a cross between Calendar Girls and The Full Monty minus the nudity!

What is there to say about Kinky Boots? If you’ve seen the film, you’ll love the musical. Again based on a true story, this has songs by Cyndi Lauper to add to the fun, should be a treat: for details.