Cinema lands an early showing of royal winner

A FILM tipped for Oscar success has proved so popular a Calderdale cinema has had to change its schedule.

The Rex in Elland has been bombarded by requests to show The King's Speech, starring Colin Firth.

The film, which tells the story of King George VI overcoming his stammer, is tipped for an Oscar, with Firth already picking up the Golden Globe for Best Actor.

Rex owner Charles Morris said: "We have been inundated with inquiries for the film.

"I think we have got a film of the magnitude of Shirley Valentine, Calendar Girls or Mamma Mia, which have been our highlights to date.

"The weekend was spent conducting a series of frantic emails with the film distributors to see if we could get the film earlier, because I think it could run for a while. As we have other films planned towards half-term, I wanted to give this one as long a run as possible."

The last time the cinema had to change its schedule was in 1996 for Brassed Off, parts of which were filmed in Halifax Piece Hall.

The King's Speech will now be shown a week earlier than scheduled, starting tonight at 7.45pm with performances on Saturday and Sunday at 5.15pm and 8pm. It will screen at 7.45pm Monday to Thursday next week with matinees on Wednesday at 2.30pm and Thursday at 10.30am.