Forum Cinema Founder Returns To His Roots

Northampton Leisure Trust which operates The Forum Cinema at Lings Forum Leisure Centre has announced the appointment of its new Film Programmer Alan Alderson-Smith. Originally part of the team put in place by Northampton Arts Central to set up the Forum Cinema in 1987, Alan is returning to his roots at Northampton’s premier cultural cinema.

After his three years at The Forum in the late 1980’s, Alan went on to become the Arts Officer for Luton Borough Council before becoming establishing himself as Head of Film at the Phoenix Cinema in Leicester. Most recently he has been a freelance film programmer for four different independent cinemas across the UK.

Alan commented “When I was first appointed in 1986 The Forum was one of just two cinemas in Northampton. After more than 30 years in the industry I was keen to return and see how the Forum has grown over the last 26 years. I am very much looking forward to being part of the team helping the Forum to continue its expansion and development.”

To find out more about the Forum Cinema or to see the full list of films please click here.


Family Fun Returns to Lings Forum This Saturday

Northampton Leisure Trust’s Family Funday returns to Lings Forum Leisure Centre this Saturday, 18 October. With more than 20 different activities for children 14 and under to try, the day gives a taster of the fun activities on offer during October half term.

Trampolining, football, martial arts and street dance will be available to try along with face painting, reptile display, arts & crafts, activities for under 5’s and many more. A colouring competition will also be running on the day with some great prizes including Wizard of Oz family pantomime tickets from the Deco theatre.

The Funday is free to Junior Active members, and just £3 to anyone else. There is no need to book, just come along on Saturday between 1pm and 5pm.

Ian Redfern, Managing Director of Northampton Leisure Trust said: “Our Family Fundays are a great way to sample many of the fun activities we organise for the school holidays. Getting young people involved in sport sets the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle and enables them to gain new skills and confidence. So come along to Lings Forum Leisure Centre and find out what will be happening during half term.”

To find out more about the Funday or to see the full list of what is going on over the school holidays and activities organised by Northampton Leisure Trust click here.