Many members of the British and European community in Majorca will be saying at last as the Bulletin can reveal that, after an absence of some 15 years, Palma is shortly to see the return of regular English language cinema.
British resident and businessman Paul Paddy Whitelaw and his wife Susie are to take over the management of the Rialto cinema in calle San Feliu next month, and the grand re-opening of the cinema will be marked by a special charity premiere of the new James Bond film The World Is Not Enough. Whitelaw admits that many people have already seen the movie, but those attending the premiere will be asked to dress up as their favourite Bond character and the screening will be followed by drinks, food and live music.
Whitelaw has secured a renewable six-month lease from the Salas cinema chain. Palma City Council, who want to use the cinema/theatre for ballet in the winter, thus combining the building's use, will be completely reforming the classic building.
Whitelaw said yesterday that under the new British management, the Rialto will, to start with, be showing top blockbuster movies which will be no less than six weeks old and, depending on the volume of business, he will then start securing this class of movies for screening on their release.
For March, he is already looking at current movie hits on both sides of the Atlantic such as Sleepy Hollow and American Beauty.
All of the movies will be in English with Spanish subtitles and Whitelaw has contracts with four of the biggest Spanish distributors.