MORE outdoor film screenings could be held in Malvern next year in the wake of the success of September's showing of Jaws in Priory Park.
The screening, arranged by Malvern Hills District Council, was a great success, attracting some 300 cinemagoers, twice the number estimated. It was shown to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Steven Spielberg-directed classic's original release.
And now the district council and Malvern Town Council are considering joining forces to promote a Malvern Film Festival for summer 2016.
The proposal envisages screening two films in Priory Park, which is owned by the district council, and one each in Rosebank Gardens and Victoria Park, the property of the town council.
Eadwine Brown, the town council's events officer, said: "Around 300 tickets were sold for Jaws, with groups travelling from as far afield as Wolverhampton - proof that the right film at the right date can have a real impact. MHDC’s baseline target was around 100-150 tickets."
Council officers are suggesting that a family-orientated film could be shown at Victoria Park, and a more classic film at Rose Bank Gardens.
The district council is hoping to secure the services of the English Film Orchestra to provide a live score to the films they screen in Priory Park.
At tomorrow night's meeting of the town council's events committee, members are being recommended to go ahead with two trial film screenings in 2016 as part of the partnership with the district council.
Simon Smith, the district council's economic development manager said of the Jaws screening: “The evening was a fantastic success with a huge turnout and was greatly received by the public. Everyone got into the spirit of the event and brought along chairs, blankets, picnics and some even brought blow up beds and wore onesies."