Meavy Cinema opens tomorrow night (Fri Nov 3), with a screening of Guy Ritchie’s epic effort King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (12a).

A monthly cinema night is the latest venture into the local entertainments scene by the parish hall management committee, which has been running music nights on the last Friday of the month and has folk doyen Geoff Lakeman lined up for the next one – Nov 24.

The King Arthur film got panned by the critics, bombed at the box-office and so has not been widely shown by the established cinema chains.

The Meavy committee are hoping to capitalise on untapped interest – and a local market for a slightly different night out. Yelverton has made a success of its cinema club and other small venues around Dartmoor are copying – more on them later.

The Guardian’s film critic, Peter Bradshaw, was among those who found some merit in the Arthur film.

He said: Ritchie’s cheerfully ridiculous Arthur is a gonzo monarch, a death-metal warrior-king. Ritchie’s film is at all times over the top, crashing around its digital landscapes in all manner of beserkness, sometimes whooshing along, sometimes stuck in the odd narrative doldrum. But it is often surprisingly entertaining, and Ritchie again shows that a film-maker of his craft and energy commands attention.”

Tickets are £5 for adults and £2 for accompanied under-12s. The hall can hold 100 people and has parking for 20 cars, plus some street parking when the pub is not busy. In future, there will be a licensed bar in the hall on cinema nights, but not this time.Doors open 7 for 7.30 start.

Next Meavy Cinema night will be another relatively new release, Churchill (PG), starring Brian Cox, on December 1.

More films promised on the first Friday of every month except February and August next year, when the hall is already booked. Check – and/or watch the What’s On listings on this site at

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