More promoters needed for cinema scheme

Michelle Williams in My Week With Marilyn: A film shown by the Cinema network this month

Michelle Williams in My Week With Marilyn: A film shown by the Cinema network this month

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A cinema network, which brings the big screen to community venues throughout the county, is looking for more promoters.

The Big Country Rural Cinema Network is a publicly funded mobile cinema scheme, which brings feature films – from classics to

The Big Country Rural Cinema Network is a publicly funded mobile cinema scheme, which brings feature films – from classics to the latest releases – to venues, such as village halls, throughout the county.

But the network would like more promoters to come forward, especially in and around Kettering, to open up the experience to more people.

Anna Hayward, co-ordinator centre screen Northamptonshire, said: “Promoters are someone who is connected to or involved in the venue - usually someone in a village hall group, who would like to help to put on this kind of event.

“They would have to do some voluntary work to promote the film locally, sell tickets, and arrange to have people there on the night.

“We do all the technical stuff.

“They need to be confident they can get a minimum of 30 people along to the film to cover the costs.

“In the Kettering area you are looking to cover £100 through the ticket sales, and then anything extra made from the tickets sales would be split with us 50/50. Promoters can also sell snacks and raffles to make extra money.”

There are around 30 venues showing films with the network in Northamptonshire at the moment, but most of them are in the west of the county.

Anna said: “There are only three in the Kettering area and we only have a couple in the east. Kettering’s council support the scheme so it keeps the cost down there, however, Northampton Borough Council, Wellingborough Council and East Northamptonshire Council don’t, so it’s a bit more expensive there.

“Kettering has put aside specific funding, so it would be great to get more promoters in this area.”

She added: “These screenings are not just about seeing the films, they are also social events, where people can get together and do something fun for the night.”

To find out more about The Big Country Rural Cinema Network visit: www.ruralcinema.net. To contact Anna call: 07500 928111 or email: anna.hayward@phoenix.org.uk.