The manager of a new cinema in Buckinghamshire is hoping to cement its role as part of a 'brilliant' local community.

Four months after opening its doors, the Everyman Cinema in Marlow is well on the way to establishing itself as part of the community-spirited town's fabric.

Thanks to manager Ana and her colleagues, the striking new venue in Market Square, with its dimly-lit velveteen interiors, is Marlow's first cinema in decades and has added a splash of cultural glamour to the top of its High Street.

Ana, who joined the Everyman team in Marlow back in October, recently organised a joint film screening and fundraiser - helping to pay for a new boathouse for local schools - with just a week or two's notice, part of her commitment to making the cinema feel more like a community asset than a remote chain enterprise.

"We would never say no to these kinds of events. My previous role was at the Wokingham Everyman and we held many charity screenings to raise money for local schools back then. 

"When I was asked to pull the boathouse fundraiser and screening together, I said: 'It's going to be hard work because it's such a short time scale, but we'll do everything we can'. And we made it happen! I was so glad."

Ana, who lives in Reading, said she didn't know Marlow at all before taking the Venue Manager position but has quickly become charmed by the friendliness of the community and her neighbouring High Street businesses.

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"So many people have come in over the last few months to introduce themselves and welcome us, it's been lovely. We've been steadily busy so far, too, especially on Friday and Saturday nights because some people come to watch the films and others just come for food and drink.

"What I love about this company is that when you have an Everyman in Marlow, it becomes a Marlow thing. I think the town is brilliant and we'll continue to support it in any way that we can.

"Even though we're a chain, I'm hopeful that we'll be able to create something new. I wouldn't have it any other way."

Everyman Marlow opened its doors on September 29, boasting plush seating, a licensed bar and table service as part of the company's lavishly cultivated cinema experience. 

It is currently showing The Boys in the Boat, a film that is linked to Marlow in more ways than one, alongside Yorgos Lanthimos's Poor Things and the new Anthony Hopkins film One Life, among other listings.