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Final credits for historic cinema
Christine Graham with chief projectionist Jimmy Purdham
Cinema manager Christine Graham and projectionist Jimmy Purdham
A Carlisle cinema's final credits are to roll for the last time despite a campaign to keep it open.

The Lonsdale Cinema will shut on Sunday after a special screening of the classic Frank Capra 1946 movie It's A Wonderful Life.

The building opened for the first time in 1931.

Cinema owner Alan Towers said: "It's going to be the end of an era, as the film feeds through the projectors for the final time."

Original programme

A campaign group was set up to try to save the building as a developer wants to turn the building into flats.

Mr Towers said: "Sadly our lease is up, and we have to move out of this unique building.

"Although it's going to be a sad day at the Lonsdale on Sunday, this show will be an event many will not want to miss.

"We have planned a souvenir programme for everyone and this will also serve as admission to the film.

"This will be a reprint of the original souvenir programme for the opening of the Lonsdale Cinema in 1931."

Chief projectionist Jimmy Purdham, 75, who began working in the cinema when he was 16, will be on hand to start the last film.

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