Ticket prices are
Adults £5, Over 60 £4.50, Under 18 £3, Family (2A+2C) £14 + £2 each extra child,
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Contact Us via email at “BawdeswellVillageCinema@gmail.com” for more information and you can ask to be put on our emailing list for regular updates on our program plus a chance to vote on the films that we screen.
More about Us
Aims – Our aim is to bring films to our village at low cost and as a non-profit making enterprise. Any surplus made will be used to provide better systems and facilities and to screen a more diverse range of films.
Volunteers – The cinema is currently run by a team of 6 volunteers. With the new hall we have the opportunity to provide more facilities such as pre-film drinks and snacks in reception but we need more help to do this. If you could spare a few hours once a month please let us know.
Costs – It is not cheap to put on a film. We pay for the hire of the hall, purchase the DVD and then pay a licence fee to show the film. For example, our average cost of putting on a film is £180 –£200 and this is subsidised by a small profit from the Bar/Café. 35% of the tickets prices plus an additional fixed fee goes to Moviola.
History – ‘Bawdeswell Village Cinema’ was started through the Bawdeswell Activities Group [BAG] with membership of ‘Village Screen’, part of ‘Creative Arts East’, from whom we hired equipment to show two singalong films [Mamma Mia & Grease] plus some films during school holidays. The logistics of collecting equipment from North Norfolk and then returning it inspired us to apply for a grant for our own equipment. With a ‘Grassroots Grant’ through Norfolk Community Foundation, BAG was able to purchase projection equipment and started running regular film shows, initially as part of BAG and then separated and re-branded as ‘Bawdeswell Village Cinema’. We also received sponsorship from a local business ‘Quotatis’ which helped us in the early days while we were building our audience and is enabling us to show the most recent releases for the foreseeable future.
Temporary Move, July 2014 to May 2015 – With the demolition of the old village hall, having shown over 75 films there in rather cramped conditions, we moved to a temporary location at Reepham Town Hall where we were able to use their equipment to show 11 films. We are very grateful for the help given by the Town Hall team.
Now – The New Village Hall has given us an opportunity to improve the viewing experience with a bigger capacity and a bigger screen. We have made four successful grant applications, one for a new more powerful projector through the BFI [British Film Institute] Neighbourhood Cinema Equipment Fund and for a larger and electrically operated screen from the ‘Love Norfolk Fund’ through Norfolk Community Foundation [NCF] both of these now having been installed. The other two were applications through the BFI [British Film Institute] Neighbourhood Cinema Equipment Fund for new chairs, 50 of which were supplied in January 2016 and the second 50 having arrived in August 2016.
The lens supplied with the new projector only allowed a maximum focal length of approx 13.5m so we used a stand for it at first. Thanks to a very generous loan [now repaid] we have been able to purchase the lens required to install the projector in the purpose built cupboard above the entrance and this is now in place.
Technical Bits – The new projector is an NEC PA522U with a NP14ZL lens which replaces the Acer P5280 model.
The new screen is a Sapphire Mayfair SEWS450BV, Electrically Operated with Radio Control. It has a viewable area 4.491m wide x 3.38m high. As with the old screen it is 4:3 format to cater for older style films etc. Modern films are 16:9 so the image will be 4.49m wide and about 2m high. The old screen was a Harkness Best View MRH2-6733 Manually Operated Screen W3.66m x H2.74m
Sound – We have now installed Dolby 5.1 surround sound which gives a superior listening experience format. A sound switching and volume control box allows us to direct ordinary stereo sound to all 6 speakers and has a separate input for auxiliary sound sources. Due to poor sound quality, especially speech, on commercially available DVD’s we will be using Blu-ray discs in future when available.
Use of Equipment by other Hall Users – modifications to the equipment, interfaces and connections have been made and ‘How To’ sheets produced so that other Hall users can make use of the equipment without help from us. WARNING:- In order to show a commercially produced film on this equipment you MUST have a licence from the film distributor or one of their agents such as Filmbank or Creative Arts East. You could be sued for damages if you show a film under copyright in public without being licensed. This includes DVD, Blu-Ray and video formats. This includes showing a film for a private party. Sorry but we don’t make the rules!
Further Ahead – We are considering the possibility of ‘Simulcasting’ live performances of opera, ballet, plays, concerts etc. However, this will need some significant [£10,000 to £15,000] investment in new equipment.
Helping Others – The old projector & screen were made available through BFI to be recycled to another community group setting up local cinema. The projector has gone to Marlingford and the screen to Postwick.
If you would like to help fund the Cinema a Giftaid form is available here.
Thank You – Bawdeswell Village Cinema and the community wish to thank, Quotatis, BFI Neighbourhood Cinema, the Love Norfolk Fund and NCF for their support to our Village Cinema and to Creative Arts East for getting us started. We also thank Moviola for licensing/supplying our regular films and Capriol Films for their work in Norfolk and making films available to us.