News and Blog:

Fri 14 December 2018

 

 

We always have a great time at the meet-up but this year it was lovely to see meet some of the new members who have joined us over the past few months.

 

Thanks to the National Lottery, we were able to open up the meet-up to volunteers and interested parties to join us and find out more about how it all works.

 

Straight from the horse’s mouth, here is some of the feedback that we’ve received:

 

Many thanks for the invitation the other day - both Ben and I found the afternoon very useful, and we went away with a much better understanding of what is involved when screening a film in a rural community cinema (and some of the pitfalls to be avoided!). Also, we managed to touch base with quite a few seasoned professionals, all ready to give us advice. (Stoke by Clare)

 

Thanks again for arranging the lunch / presentations on Wednesday it was all very useful (Gt. Finborough)

 

Thank you so much for yesterday and also the great food. Now my husband is feeling much better we can hopefully, with a bit more help, get going on showing films at Edwardstone Parish Hall.

 

It was a very good annual gathering and I enjoyed finding colleagues who were early starters and still going strong. The venue worked well. (Polstead)

 

Thank you again for organising such an informative and very useful Members’ Meet-up at the John Peel Centre in Stowmarket this afternoon. Sue and myself thoroughly enjoyed the session and meeting fellow members to share experiences.  I look forward to receiving further details about Life on the Deben as it could be of interest to show at our next AGM in March. Hopefully the Suffolk Cinema Network will be able to continue to provide the clearly much appreciated and valued core support for the foreseeable future. (Shotley – Viking Forest Project)

 

Sun 18 November 2018

We're getting in early and having a lovely little festive meet-up for all members, partners, volunteers - and anyone interested in setting up their own community or village cinema - on December 5th, 1-4pm.

We'll be at the John Peel Centre in Stowmarket and we'll have festive lunch/treats, drinks and a chance to meet and chat to our members about what makes a good community cinema. Some of our members have been running cinemas for over a decade, so they have plenty of insights to share!

If you're interested in joining Suffolk Cinema or want to find out more about setting up your own village cinema, come along and see us. We always like to see new faces. :)

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Thu 24 May 2018

We'd like to welcome Darren from AED Sound as our official Technical Partner. Darren and his team have a wealth of knowledge about AV equipment and how to get the best sound and picture quality from your kit. They've done AV installations in many churches and cathedrals across Suffolk and Norfolk and AED are also the sole Tech Partner for our lovely friends at Creative Arts East Screen (formerly Village Screen) in Norfolk.

We're working hard to upgrade our kits and make them more user friendly - we have new screens at The Quay in Sudbury and John Peel Centre (coming soon!), plus all projectors are now HDMI and we have a couple of units that make kit assembly far easier. We aim to add another screen and another assembly unit into the mix soon enough...

In the meantime, if you have any questions about the kit, or want to upgrade your own audio equipment or projector, Darren is your man.

Tue 05 December 2017

 

A SPECIAL MONTHLY MUSICAL FILM SCREENING FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA AND THEIR CARERS. Free Entry

 

Sponsored by The Sudbury Flower Club and McColls Sudbury


ALL SCREENINGS ARE AT 2.00pm

ONLY BOOKABLE THROUGH THE BOX OFFICE : 

01787 374745

 

TRANSPORT

A mini bus will be operating within Sudbury, Cornard and surrounding villages to collect anyone living with dementia or who suffers from limited or restricted mobility.

There will, be a flat return fare of £4 payable to the driver on the day.  Anyone wishing to use this service needs to book in advance by calling GoStart office on 01787 242216.

Spaces will unfortunately be limited so you are advised to make booking arrangements well in advance. All our Mini Busses have wheel chair access.  It is very important for anyone travelling in a wheel chair to make that clear at time of booking.

As spaces are limited and demand is high, please ensure that you advise the GoStart office as soon as possible if you are unable to uphold your booking

 

AUDITORIUM

If you are coming with a large group, please ensure that you arrive at least 20 minutes before the screening.

The space for wheelchairs is limited in the auditorium so it is essential that you advise the Box office of any wheelchair spaces needed within the theatre. Wheelchairs can be stored in the theatre wing if those using one are able to be walked to a fixed seat.

Our dementia friendly screenings have the house lights on low and the volume is kept lower than usual film screenings.

Staff are aware of the need of a ‘safe’ and quiet place within the theatre if needed by any of our visitors.

 

The Quay Theatre, Quay Lane, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2AN / 01787 374745


MONDAY 8TH JANUARY

Singin’ in the Rain

A spoof of the turmoil that afflicted the movie industry in the late 1920s when movies went from silent to sound. When two silent movie stars', Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont, latest movie is made into a musical a chorus girl is brought in to dub Lina's speaking and singing. Don is on top of the world until Lina finds out.
Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds
U | 1h 43min

MONDAY 5th FEBRUARY

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

While truant from school, young siblings Jeremy and Jemima meet the beautiful Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes), who falls for their widowed father, Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke), and his various oddball inventions, including the family's noisy rebuilt car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. One day at the beach, Caractacus tells Truly and the children a fanciful fable about the villainous Baron Bomburst (Gert Frobe) and his evil designs on the Potts family car.
Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries
U | 2h 24min

MONDAY 5th MARCH

On the Town

Fun-loving sailors Gabey (Gene Kelly), Chip (Frank Sinatra) and Ozzie (Jules Munshin) have 24 hours of shore leave in New York City, and they want to make every second count. While Chip hooks up with loudmouth cab driver Brunhilde (Betty Garrett) and Ozzie swoons for prim anthropologist Claire (Ann Miller), Gabey falls in love with an actress he sees in an advertisement, Ivy Smith (Vera-Ellen). Leonard Bernstein, with lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green providing the music. Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett U | 1h 38min

MONDAY 9th APRIL

Gigi

Gaston (Louis Jourdan) is a restless Parisian playboy who moves from one mistress to another, while also spending time with Gigi (Leslie Caron), a precocious younger friend learning the ways of high society. The platonic relationship between Gaston and Gigi changes, however, when she matures, but the possibility of something lasting seems unlikely since he won't commit to one woman. Gigi refuses to be anyone's mistress, however, and Gaston must choose between her and his carefree lifestyle.

Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan. A | 1h 55min

 

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Mon 16 October 2017

We're thrilled to announce that Suffolk Cinema has been successful in two funding bids - to the Postcode Community Trust run by Postcode Lottery and also the Big Lottery Fund! This is a great endorsement of the work that we do in communities across the county.

This funding will help us expand our operations, upgrade bits of kit that are over 10 years old and also do more of the things that we do best - such as dementia-friendly screenings and a new venture supporting outdoor screenings.

Thanks to everyone who plays the Postcode Lottery and National Lottery!

Tue 20 June 2017
We've just had our annual board meeting and wanted to shout out about our figures for 2016-2017, which touch on all the great work going on right across Suffolk. We have 35 member groups that work with over 175 volunteers and across the year.
Collaboratively these community cinemas screened:
203 films
Sold 8210 adult tickets
Sold 866 children or concession tickets
Made £21,146 in box office income across the year (gross profit before paying licence fees etc)
This is a fantastic endorsement of community cinema - the profit made goes directly into the local communities / economies.
Well done everybody!

Mon 10 April 2017

After a successful pilot of dementia-friendly film screenings generously funded by Suffolk Community Foundation, Mid-Suffolk and Babergh District Councils took up the charge in the second half of 2016 and we ran two more screenings at The Quay Theatre in Sudbury and Hartismere Care Home in Eye. For our final screening, we're heading back to The Quay for the stunning musical High Society, starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra, with a musical score by Cole Porter.

Monday 22nd May

Film starts 11am

This screening is open to all but particularly accessible for those who may be living with memory loss or dementia, their carers and families.  Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance by calling The Quay Theatre Box Office on 01787 374745. Wheelchair spaces are available but must be booked. 

Community transport is available through GoStart  - 01787 242 116 - and is also free, kindly funded by Suffolk Community Foundation

 

Mon 10 April 2017

Thanks to everyone who came along to our meet-up at the lovely John Peel Centre in March. We made a good job of attacking the buffet spread and there was lots of chit-chat and mingling, always a good thing to see! Thanks go to Alice from Village Screen, our sister organisation in Norfolk, for popping along to tell us more about the 2017-18 programme, the ICO Screening Days and opportunities for live / event cinema screenings!

Wed 18 January 2017

We were thrilled to receive some funding from Suffolk Community Foundation to run some pilot screenings in Stowmarket and Hadleigh, for those living with memory loss or dementia, their carers and families. The initial pilot at The Regal in Stowmarket has become a core part of the cinema's offering, with continued relaxed, dementia-friendly screenings taking place in February (Some Like It Hot) and March (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers). Thank you Regal!

Since the pilot, we have received some more funds from Mid-Suffolk and Babergh councils to run screenings in other areas of Suffolk - we screened Dad's Army in Eye at the end of 2016 and are showing An American In Paris at The Quay in Sudbury on 27th January 2017. All welcome!

 

 

 

Tue 04 October 2016

Big thanks to the fabulous Quay Theatre at Sudbury and to Steve from IFT for our training session last week - and a hearty welcome to the very enthusiastic Melford Movies group who have just joined our Network!

We have another training session coming up at John Peel Centre on 10th Oct at 7.30pm. This will likely be our last training session this year, so if you're interested in setting up a village cinema but want to see the kit first and get an idea of what it's all about before you commit, pop down on 10th!

 

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Latest news:
December 2018

    We always have a great time at the meet-up but this year it […]

November 2018

We’re getting in early and having a lovely little festive meet-up for all members, partners, […]

May 2018

We’d like to welcome Darren from AED Sound as our official Technical Partner. Darren and […]

December 2017

  A SPECIAL MONTHLY MUSICAL FILM SCREENING FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA AND THEIR CARERS. […]

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