Blockbuster - 250 turn out to help cinema
Monday, 10th October, 2011
In the space of less than a week businessman John Wren has seen some of the best and worst in people.
Mr Wren was left devastated when thieves broke into the Silver City Cinema on Tuesday morning, ransacked the place and made off with a safe containing a large amount of money and personal papers.
Police are still hunting for the perpetrators.
After hearing Mr Wren’s emotional reaction to the burglary on radio, Dot Williams and Vicki Barratt came up with the idea of urging locals to help Mr Wren in his hour of need - by going to see a movie.
“We didn’t want to do the charity thing for John; we knew he wouldn’t want that,” Ms Williams told the BDT on Friday.
The response was spectacular.
Over 200 people flocked to the Saturday afternoon screening of “Monte Carlo”.
The gesture left Mr Wren “flabbergasted”.
“It was extraordinary,” he later told the BDT. “About 250 people (came to watch the film). It was an extraordinary response.”
He said the film, about three women holidaying in Paris who find themselves whisked away to Monte Carlo after one is mistaken for a British heiress, was well received by an audience who ranged in age from 8 to 80.
“Everybody gave it the thumbs up.”
It all meant another emotional day for Mr Wren, who “burst out crying” when he saw the crowds of people coming through the doors.
“I really, really, really, sincerely, from the bottom of my heart, say thank you to everyone,” he said.
“It is a tremendous feeling. I’m flabbergasted.”