Chapel’s starring role in movie’s anniversary event

Chapel director Ian Gardner with Mark Hallam (Quilter Cheviot), and Peter Johnson and Ian Brown of Film Mobile

Chapel director Ian Gardner with Mark Hallam (Quilter Cheviot), and Peter Johnson and Ian Brown of Film Mobile

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Special outdoor screenings of The Da Vinci Code will take place later this year to mark the 10th anniversary of its release.

Filming of the Holywood blockbuster took place at Rosslyn Chapel in 2005 ahead of its 2006 release and brought the 15th century building to worldwide prominence.

Welcoming these screenings, Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown said: “When I decided to write The Da Vinci Code, I knew that its finale would have to take place at the most mysterious and magical chapel on earth - Rosslyn.”

Screenings, which will be held on September 23 and 24, will take place in the grounds of Collegehill House, adjacent to Rosslyn Chapel, and are sponsored by Quilter Cheviot and supported by Film Mobile.

Ian Gardner, Director of Rosslyn Chapel Trust, said: “The Da Vinci Code has had a profound impact on the profile of Rosslyn Chapel. Visitor numbers grew from around 35,000 to over 176,000 per year at their peak, with income from these visitors helping the trust to complete a major conservation project at the 15th-century chapel. Our visitor research shows that the book and film are still very influential, with 46 per cent of visitors saying that The Da Vinci Code was one of the factors which encouraged them to visit.”

Film mobile MD Ian Brown said: “This will be a fantastic evening for fans of both the chapel and the film which will result in a night to remember.”

Tickets are available from the chapel website - www.rosslynchapel.com. Attendees will be invited to bring picnics, rugs or garden chairs; no seating will be provided.