WIRRAL schoolchildren will be the first in the UK to benefit from an unusual education package at the borough’s newest cinema.
The Cinema Park programme uses the latest film and cinema technology to take pupils through a voyage of discovery on subjects such as wildlife, protecting the planet, space and science.
It is being introduced at The Light cinema, at Marine Point, New Brighton, which opened last month.
The scheme offers half-day tours so schoolchildren can interact with films created by some of the world’s leading documentary and filmmakers from the BBC, National Geographic and the History Channel.
The Light’s manager Phil Dove said some schools had already shown a lot of interest in the “edutainment” packages, some of which are compulsory for schoolchildren in Florida and are designed to “engender curiosity”.
He said: “Areas such as citizenship, the natural world, science and nature can be presented through various media, which is particularly useful and also makes an impact.
“One of the biggest differences in this cinema is we have joypads, which can capture information and shows how fruitful the experience is. The trial runs have gone fantastically well.
“While adults tend to approach it with scepticism, kids are so conversant with technology in the way they learn and interact with each other they pick it up quickly.”
But Mr Dove also insisted the £5.5m, eight-screen, all-digital cinema, which opened just in time for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s recent visit to New Brighton, had more to offer.
He said as well as showing the big budget Hollywood blockbusters and films aimed at children like other multiplex cinemas do, The Light plans to increase choice further.
A concert by the Berlin Philharmonic will be shown this month and there are plans to beam comedy in live from festivals such as Edinburgh and Montreal.