Explore the Seven Wonders of the World at charity film screenings

Mike Edgecumbe is reviving Cinerama in Sidmouth

Mike Edgecumbe is reviving Cinerama in Sidmouth - Credit: Archant

Movie lovers will have the chance to experience extraordinary constructions of classical antiquity from the comfort of Sidmouth in a trio of special screenings in aid of an international children’s charity.

A scene from Seven Wonders of the World. Lowell Thomas in the foreground.

A scene from Seven Wonders of the World. Lowell Thomas in the foreground. - Credit: Archant

Michael Edgecumbe, assisted by his son Jonathan, will be presenting the Seven Wonders of the World on his giant Omniscope curved screen at the Methodist Hall, in High Street.

Proceeds from the screenings later this month will go to UNICEF’s Syria Children Emergency Appeal.

Mike said: “UNICEF have emailed me to say that the government have extended their offer to meet pound-for-pound whatever amount we raise so, as I am hoping to raise more than £1,000, this would equate to over £2,000 with the government addition.”

The 1956 film Seven Wonders of the World is a round-the-world adventure which picks up where the Greeks of the distant past left off.

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From there, Lowell circles the globe in a converted B-25 bomber dubbed ‘Smasher’, photographing extraordinary sites including a live East Africa volcano, the Parthenon in Athens and Angel Falls in South America.

Michael said: “The film encourages the audience to choose from the dozens of sites explored: ‘What are your seven wonders?”

The screenings will take place on Friday, February 19, at 7.30pm, followed by two on Saturday, February 20, starting at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Tickets, priced £6 for adults and £3 for under 16s, are available from Paragon Books in High Street, or on the door.

For booking enquiries, please email: carolinefellowship@tiscali.co.uk

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