One of the issues highlighted by the Initiative in 2000 was the long-felt lack of a cinema in town (especially ironic as we once had two cinemas: Walden Cinema (left), and the Plaza in Station Street, 1932-c1975).
“Entertainments provision for all ages – A way must be found to provide a wider range of entertainment facilities than exists in the town at present. It is clear that there is significant demand for ... a cinema ... It should be possible initially, to at least set up a Film Society using, perhaps, the Town Hall and Saffron Walden Initiative has been in touch with the British Federation of Film Societies (BFFS). BFSS is a body which provides much useful information, support and resources in the setting up of Film Societies. A cinema, or cinema facility within a larger entertainment venue, could be something that grows out of a successful Film Society.” (Striving for Success: Strategic Proposals for Regeneration)
This eventually led to the partnership with Saffron Walden County High School and our hugely successful and much-loved Saffron Screen community cinema. Saffron Screen recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and is all set for a bright future for many decades to come.