The runaway success of a smash-hit movie was brought to a shuddering halt in Elgin this week – by repair works on the local cinema.
Moray Playhouse had to cancel the afternoon showing of the box office phenomenon ’50 Shades of Grey’ yesterday because the noise made by workmen undertaking essential refurbishment works was louder than expected.
Since its release last week the movie version of the world-wide best-selling book by E L James has become the most popular UK 18-rated film release of all time, recording box office receipts of £13.5million.
Moray has been no different from cinema’s throughout the country with “unprecedented demand” for the movie in Elgin.
However, those wishing to take in the show planned for 2pm on Wednesay were disappointed as it had to be cancelled alongside afternoon showings of Foxcatcher and the animated movie Big Hero 6.
The good news is that initial fears that showings of the movies today would also be affected were allayed last night. A spokesman for the Moray Playhouse said: “The 2pm performance had to be cancelled on Wednesday as some necessary repair work proved noisier than expected.
“All the work is now completed however, and we resume normal service on Thursday with all showings back on again.”
Fifty Shades of Grey is being screened at the Elgin Cinema daily at 2.30, 5.30 and 8.30 with advance booking for all showings recommended.