Back with a (Cultural Recovery Fund) Bang: ECA Secures Funding

For a membership-and-events-funded organisation such as the Event Cinema Association (ECA), a consequence of 2020’s cinema-shutting pandemic resulted in, like for so many others, pretty much zero income. So some truly happy news in 2021 is that the ECA has…

Filmgrail: Doubling Cinema Audience Engagement

If you’re a cinema exhibitor then depending on where you are in the world you’ve probably had a year of this COVID-19 “nonsense” (for want of a better swear word) keeping your cinema closed. But there is now light at…

100 Years of Everyman

The Everyman Cinema in London’s Hampstead (known as “Everyman Hampstead”) has joined many of us this year in having a lockdown-restricted birthday. One hundred years after opening its doors for the first time in 1920 as a theatre, the company…

Private Cinema Rentals: Innovation In A Time of Crisis

Given the struggle facing international cinema exhibition it’s a real challenge to find a silver lining, especially amongst the latest spate of films decamping to 2021 or heading straight to streaming. Operators are going through a time of crisis and…

Cretors: “Honouring The Past, Engineering The Future”

When you sit down for a (phone) chat with Beth Cretors and Shelly Olesen of C. Cretors & Company it becomes apparent very quickly that the company responsible for the creation of the first ever popcorn machine is steeped in…

We Are Parable: Experience Over Everything

Their first-ever event at East London’s Stratford Picturehouse completely sold out in 2013. In 2017, directing legend Spike Lee collaborated on a central London event with them. In early 2020, they were recipients of a Lodestar award from Film London….

MediCinema’s Marvellous Movie Medicine

During a long stint in hospital, patients – and their families/carers – often have no respite or distractions from their (often serious) illnesses or upcoming treatment. UK charity MediCinema aimed to change exactly this when it was founded in 1999…

CJ Interviews: Steve Knibbs, COO for Vue International

The global COVID-19 pandemic, and resulting government-enforced lockdowns, has pushed the international cinema industry to its limits. But throughout this time, innovation and a strong sense of community has surfaced, with exhibitors around the world using the downtime to plan…

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