DORSET-born film director Edgar Wright is backing an anniversary fundraising appeal at a Swanage theatre.
The Mowlem Institute, which operates the venue of the same name, is aiming to raise £160,000 to celebrate its 160-year history.
The Take Your Seat campaign offers audiences the chance to dedicate a seat in the auditorium to a family member, friend or themselves.
The charity has started the scheme by dedicating chair J13 to its first patron, Edgar Wright, who grew up in the area.
The award-winning film director created Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Baby Driver, and was named the venue’s first patron last year.
On Instagram, he said: “I was born and raised in Dorset and lived in Swanage until I was seven.
“The Mowlem was one of the first cinemas I ever attended and it was partly responsible for a film fandom that continues to this day.
“Some movies I saw there first release with my parents and older brother Oscar, include the Ralph Bakshi animated Lord Of The Rings, Watership Down, Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Clash Of The Titans.
“I returned to Swanage for a break last summer and was thrilled to see that the Mowlem was still showing movies.
“Standing in the auditorium again was a very pleasant experience and I hope to be down there again very soon.
“I’m proud to be a Mowlem patron.
“I’m a film director now, but never stopped being a film-goer. Keep up the great work.
Donations will fund updates to the auditorium, including a new lighting desk and communication equipment.
It will also contribute to day-to-day operations, helping to reduce the small deficit accrued during the pandemic.
In return for £200 per seat, the theatre will engrave a personal message of up to 40 characters, to remain for the next 10 years.
Edgar’s plaque reads ‘Edgar Wright, Film Director & Film Goer (1974-)’.