HEXHAM'S independent cinema has celebrated its 84th birthday.

The Forum Cinema first opened its doors on Monday August 23 1937.

It opened on the same site as Hexham's previous cinema, The Gem Cinema.

The first film shown was Keep Your Seats Please starring George Fawnby.

Hexham Community Partnership, the current owners of the single screen cinema, took over in 2007.

The majority of profits go back to the partnership to help fund events and schemes in Hexham.