As the Bolton Film Festival events end and Bond takes over the big screen, the Light Cinema Bolton has had an influx of visitors, more than they have seen in almost two years.

The Light Cinema Bolton shared a huge thanks to everyone who visited at the weekend on their Facebook page because it has made a huge difference compared to quiet months.

The post said: “We would like to thank everyone who visited over the weekend.

"We had more people pass through our doors on Saturday than any other day for almost two years!

“This is due to the huge success of #NoTimeToDie which is receiving a great response from our guests - the atmosphere in our bar and screens was fantastic.

“Come and check it out this week if you haven’t already. Cinema is back and in full force, and we’re so excited to welcome you all.”

The new Bond film, delayed several times from its premiere by the pandemic, is said to have taken between £4.5m and £5m on its first day of showings.

The influx of visitors is welcome news for the cinema, after a difficult 18 months due to Covid-19.

The Light had to temporarily close in October 2020 as there was a lack in film releases due to the pandemic and a “lack of ongoing support for cinemas by government.”

Although the venue had some positive news in December 2020, when they received £7,163 of funding to make the cinema Covid secure so they could reopen. But it has been a difficult 18 months for independent cinemas across the country.

Cinema bosses say they have a range of great films upcoming which they believe will also drive in more visitors.

These include Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Dune, Eternals, The Matrix Resurrections, West Side Story and Spider-Man: No Way Home.