A platform for Croydon's communities to develop, fund and launch their own projects.
Flickworks Community Cinema will offer a permanent cinema space for South Norwood residents, providing regular access to quality independent and mainstream film seven days a week. We want to build a cinema with an auditorium of around 75 seats. Our film curation will be shaped by the community and will be reflective of the local demographic. Alongside a diverse programme of first-run films, we will run specialised screenings for families, schools, parents and babies, the over 60s and hard-of-hearing. We believe that cinema should be part of everyday life, not just a luxury for those that can afford it. To help us welcome in the wider community, we want to create an affordable pricing structure, with subsided tickets at off-peak times and concessionary memberships for the low-waged. We are still searching for the perfect venue, but in the meantime we are keen to get cracking with raising money for those really important things - projector, screen, seats and an awesome sound system.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
South Norwood boasts a rich history of cinema-going, at one point supporting three large cinemas. Things have changed and South Norwoodians now have to travel 2 miles to get to a multiplex, or much further for broader film programmes. Our new community cinema will provide people with access to a programme of current mainstream and independent film, right on their doorstep. Heritage and locality are really important to us, so we have chosen a name that references local history - the area’s historical brick manufacturing industry. We hope to find a venue with a story behind it, enabling us to revive the magic and romance of cinema from a bygone era and weave local heritage into our ideology. The project will be delivered by the team behind Stanley's Film Club, a pop-up community cinema in operation at various venues in South Norwood. A dedicated cinema space would provide an opportunity for us to grow a visible brand and affect long-term positive change within the community.
Steps to get it done:
We are in the process of finding and securing a suitable venue, which is likely to tie in with local CED plans. Discussions are underway to find a space that enables us to operate sustainably and symbiotically alongside other businesses, and support regeneration. We will keep our backers updated about our progress and guarantee that, if we reach our target, all funds raised will be invested into the project. Further down the line, once we have secured our venue, we will need to source further funding for building works and additional furnishings. We will welcome donations of volunteer time and physical assets to get this off the ground. When it comes to covering day-to-day running costs, the cinema aims to be self-sustainable, bringing in revenue from ticket, membership and bar sales. We believe that comfortable seating and quality high spec equipment will be absolutely crucial to the cinema’s success, but it will come at a cost. This is where we need your help!
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