FINAL preparations are underway a special event that aims to re-create the golden era of cinemas in Chester - complete with usherettes, ice-cream trays and a full length classic feature film.

The event, "An Evening at The Movies" will take a nostalgic look back at the long-gone picture palaces that Cestrians used to flock to.

Taking place at Upton Village Hall on Sunday (February 25) from 7.15pm, the venue will include a display of memorabilia from some of the much loved Cinemas in Chester including The Regal, Odeon, Gaumount, The Classic and The Musical Hall.

The feature presentation will be a screening of the classic Hollywood film Some Like it Hot starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon.

Organised by a group of local cinema enthusiasts, tickets for event are £5 which includes free ice cream, with a donation from each ticket sold going to the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

One of the event organisers, Peter Davies, who worked at The ABC, Classic and Odeon Cinemas in Chester over a fifty two year period, said: "We are aiming to re-create what many regard as the golden era of cinema complete with many of the features that made ‘going to the flicks’ special.

“We will be screening 'Cinemas that Chester had...then lost' which is formed around a radio interview. The film contains so much film footage and photographs of cinemas from the Picturedrome to Storyhouse that are unique and tell the story of the great picture palaces in Chester. During the interval we will be bringing back the trimmings of footlights, curtains, usherettes and ice cream trays. Then we are screening the classic film Some Like It Hot.

“It's going to be a very special evening, full of nostalgia. we have even acquired the original ticket machine from the ABC Regal, and together with one of the original cashiers from the Cinema, we will bring it back into use on the night. Many of our helpers on the day are former staff members from the old Chester picture houses and I'm sure the event will bring back many happy memories."

Full details of An Evening at The Movies can be found at where tickets can be booked online or by telephone on 01244 520429. Tickets will also be available on the door.