Charity fundraiser screening in memory of Oxford cinema owner

Becky Hallsmith - The Ultimate Picture Palace by Ian Wallman

On Thursday December 13, The Ultimate Picture Palace in East Oxford will host a charity fundraiser in memory of owner Becky Hallsmith, who died in September this year.

The cinema will show one of her favourite films, The Philadelphia Story, with all ticket sales being donated to charity Lymphoma Action. The screening will be proceeded by a special live performance by Oxford ukulele band The Rebukes.

Becky bought the cinema in 2011, in what she described as an impulse purchase. As ticket sales increased, she channelled the money into making significant improvements to the business. She had been diagnosed with lymphoma 15 years previously, and surviving that diagnosis spurred her on to make the cinema what it is today; a thriving part of Cowley Road’s vibrant cultural community.

Ultimate Picture Palace by Ian Wallman

Oxford ukulele group The Rebukes will once again play a short set in the cinema auditorium, having been asked by Becky to perform at screenings of Some Like It Hot (October 2015) and Buster Keaton classic Steamboat Bill Jr (January 2017).

Amanda Minett, Lymphoma Action’s Regional Fundraiser for London and the South East, will also give a short presentation explaining the role of the charity and the impact of funds raised.

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