More than 1,000 people have been through the doors of Penrith’s Alhambra Cinema since it was allowed to reopen.
And manager Matt Bainbridge said the runaway success was Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway.
“Peter Rabbit 2 has easily been the highest grossing film of the week, being popular across a wide range of audiences and particularly families at the weekend,” said Matt.
He added that Peter Rabbit was always going to be a huge draw, as the mischievous rabbit was basically “Cumbria’s answer to Mickey Mouse”.
But the cinema has also seen great numbers for the Oscar winning Nomadland, too, which has catered to other audiences.
Matt added: “It’s very clear to us that the high profile films attract the biggest audiences, so we are working hard to programme the biggest and best of the new releases alongside some exciting smaller releases, independent and world cinema,”
He added that he hoped the trend will continue.
“There’s such a great slate of film releases are ahead of us, so I think it’s definitely achievable,” said Matt.
He added that it had been absolutely brilliant to back and great to see new and returning faces walk through the doors.
“Each day has seen a steady increase, and our weekend admissions were very promising in terms of a return to pre-lockdown figures.
“All of our staff have smoothly and confidently fallen back into their roles and there’s a strong sense of positivity amongst the staff after seeing audiences begin to return,” he said.