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A Community Cinema for Hadleigh

Funded on Spacehive 6 October 2018 Delivered 15 November 2018

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A Community Cinema for Hadleigh

Arterial Culture CIC By Arterial Culture CIC

Help us to upgrade our equipment so we can launch a monthly Community Cinema from this September at Hadleigh Old Fire Station, Essex

Hadleigh Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 06 Oct 2018!

We want to offer a welcoming space for local people to come together and enjoy films including the latest independent and mainstream films, archive and local interest films, films by local filmmakers, shorts and much more - enhanced by talks and related activities for everyone to get involved in. A Community Cinema would enhance Hadleigh Old Fire Station, already a thriving community hub in the centre of Hadleigh, Essex. The Appliance Hall where the fire engines used to be is now a vibrant multi-use space. A big screen was installed in 2013 and there’s seating for around 100 people. With parking and disabled access it’s an ideal venue. Hadleigh Old Fire Station has hosted Pop-up Cinema events since it was converted in 2011 and we’ve relied on borrowing a basic projector, dvd player and speakers or using donated home hi-fi speakers and amplifier. They’ve served us well despite the odd technical hitch! We’d now like to buy our own equipment for a better cinema experience.

What we'll deliver:

  • Upgrade our projection equipment
  • Upgrade our sound system
  • Buy some cushions for our chairs
  • Provide a mobile cinema experience for community groups in Castle Point

Why it's a great idea:

We believe that film is one of the world’s most accessible art forms and going to the cinema, one of society's great shared experiences. Bringing that experience closer to home, making it more 'social', we aim to connect more of the community and make Hadleigh an even better place to live and work. Our aim is to benefit the whole community by being friendly and accessible to everyone by offering 'relaxed' screenings for members of our community for whom getting to the cinema can be a bit more challenging. We want to share our great idea with the wider community too. With a portable screen we can set up the cinema for clubs, charities and community groups throughout Castle Point and help them make the most of a film screening, organising everything needed for a successful event.

Steps to get it done:

  • Purchase equipment needed to launch the Community Cinema
  • Launch Community cinema late September 2018
  • From 2019, offer cinema for use by community groups
  • Spring 2019 set out our 2019/20 programme
  • Summer 2019, special screening promotional event to raise awareness
  • From Autumn 2019, offer additional ‘relaxed’ screenings

In recognition of your donation we’ll include a list of all our backers to be projected onto the screen before each film.


Location Hadleigh

About the space

Hadleigh Old Fire Station


Castle Point Borough Council

How will the money be spent?Total £6,423

Mid-range 5500 lumens WUXGA digital projector - £1,691 (26%)
Volunteer support hours - £1,500 (23%)
Venue hire - £1,032 (16%)
Portable screen including flight case - £884 (14%)
5.1 Surround sound speakers and blu-ray player - £550 (9%)
50 foam seat cushions - £250 (4%)
Protective, lockable storage case - £150 (2%)
Small contingency (less than 5%) - £100 (2%)
Other - £266 (4%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Mid-range 5500 lumens WUXGA digital projector
Volunteer support hours
Venue hire
Portable screen including flight case
5.1 Surround sound speakers and blu-ray player
50 foam seat cushions
Protective, lockable storage case
Small contingency (less than 5%)
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Purchasing and installation of a projector ceiling mount. More cushions for our chairs!

Total £6,423

Our Volunteer List

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