Deserving community group members and brave youngsters were treated to a film preview at Sheffield’s newest cinema.
Children and adults involved with the Pitsmoor Adventure Playground project, Sheffield Young Carers and the Bluebell Wood Hospice in North Anston were some of the first to see the film Dog’s Purpose at The Light, which opened on The Moor just last month.
The event was organised by The Light and The Star.
Ashley Inman, business manager at The Light cinema, Sheffield, said: “We wanted to offer the local community the opportunity to see new film before it went on general release compliments of The Light – we call it our People’s Premier.
“So we talked to The Star team who asked some of the local neighbourhood charities if anyone would like to come and see A Dog’s Purpose.
“It was a pleasure to welcome guests from Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Pitsmoor Adventure Playground and Sheffield Young Carers to our lovely new cinema here on The Moor.
“They certainly seemed to be enjoying themselves even before the film started but maybe that was the popcorn and sweets!”
The £8m The Light complex is part of the ongoing regeneration of The Moor.
It includes the nine-screen cinema and a number of restaurants, including Zizzi and Gourmet Burger Kitchen, plus PizzaExpress.
City leaders hope that the new experience will encourage more people to stay in and use the city centre after business hours.
In the next and final stage of regeneration, the row of shops opposite the cinema is to be transformed.
A major retailer is also being lined up to take over the old BHS store, developers have said.