One of the things that makes the Electric Palace such a great place to visit is our fabulous, dedicated volunteer team. 

So, who are the people who welcome you when you head up the stairs to the cinema? Find out in our Meet the Volunteers series...

Name: Chris Pierre

How long have you volunteered at the cinema?

Two to three years.

What's your favourite thing about the cinema?

Conversation! Between the volunteers, the staff and the audience. It's not just watching the film, but a feeling of we are doing something together. It makes it different. A bit clubby or being a member of something good.

Tell us about an experience at the cinema

At a Volunteers Night we watched a film I suggested, Isle of Dogs. It was great that people enjoyed something I suggested. It was witty and dark. I love Wes Anderson's approach, and the animation was beautiful.

What film would you like to watch at the cinema?

Fitzcarraldo by Werner Herzog with Klaus Kinski. It's a true story about a ridiculous idea. Created with no special effects, it's an extraordinary film.

Have you ever gone to see a movie and wanted to watch it again immediately?

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. It had such an impact.

Tell us a favourite film of yours

Lawrence of Arabia.

Tell us about a great film night at the cinema

I hosted the Q&A after the screening of Winterlong, a film that was set in Hastings, about a family splitting up. That was enjoyable experience.

Tell us a good soundtrack you listen to

Two soundtracks; A Good Year with Russell Crowe, and Tsotsi featuring South African music.

What's your favourite snack or drink at the cinema?

Divine Cappuccino chocolate bar.

And, something we all have an opinion about....what's your favourite seat at the Electric Palace?

Second row from the front on the right, the aisle seat. It's great for short-sighted people like me. I can see everything.

Tell us something unusual about yourself

Well I have to be careful about my bangles jangling during the films! I've been collecting them. I bought the first one in Mexico when I cycled from Alaska to Chile. Since then when  travelling I bought or exchanged bangles such as one from a Bedouin on a camel. Then I made some myself out of brass and others are gifts.

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