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The cinema project was initiated by Eden Arts in Penrith and is promoted as the “Rural Touring Cinema”, a project that aims to bring films closer to the community by involving local people in the choices of films and the way the films are presented.
In the past we have had themed evenings with additional food and entertainment to match the film but mostly we simply aim to show a good film in a friendly, relaxed environment. We aim for the cinema to be a relaxed, easy going and cosy atmosphere, where friends in the village can meet and share time together.
The cinema project is totally self funded and so we rely on people in Asby and the surrounding areas to attend the events in order to keep the cinema going. Although we do not have a lot of overheads, we are required to pay a licence fee for showing the film and we need to pay for the venue, so we need a good turn out to each film for the project to be maintained.
This promotional video explaining the idea behind the remote cinema project will tell you more:
Great Asby Cinema is a local cinema, run by people in the village. Although we do have a core group of people to set up the film on the night, it is an informal committee. So, if you live in Great Asby, we’d prefer to think of our ‘committee’ as you!!
Anyone can recommend films, just let us know your ideas when you attend one of our screenings, or use the online ‘Suggestion Box‘ (on the right).
If you want to leave us your contact details we can include you in email circulars when we come to decide the next set of films; so you can have your vote. We are generally required to decide on the films every 3 months.
When we know what films we want to show, we inform Eden Arts who prepare a brochure with the films being shown in all the villages involved in the project. Eden Arts also advertise the films on their website.
To promote the films in the village, we send out reminders and posters throughout the village. Details of our forthcoming films, including video trailers, can been seen on this web page. (We also include them in the monthly edition of “Asby Matters”).
On the night of a film, the main core group usually meet a few hours before to set up the equipment and the hall. Someone will have been to collect the equipment and refreshments earlier in the week. If anyone would like to come along to help us set up, or to offer to collect equipment, your help will always be appreciated.
If you are arriving in time to watch the film and have a relaxing evening with friends, there isn’t much more you need to know. Just pay on the door, grab yourself a drink and sit down to enjoy the film.
We generally serve hot drinks at the start and ice creams with other usual cinema refreshments available at the interval. You are also welcome to bring your own drinks, including alcohol if you like. If you’ve not brought anything, we do have bottles of wine on sale too, or you can pop out to the pub next door and bring drinks back to the film (so long as you return your glasses afterwards).
If you would like to know more about the cinema project in Asby or would like to become involved in some way, please do get in touch. We would love to be able to do more with the evenings, perhaps more themed nights or discussion groups after the more thought provoking films. We currently have a very small ‘core group’ and so we can only do this with more helpers involved, so we’d love to hear from you.
We particularly welcome the involvement of young people. When the cinema project was first set up there was a requirement for the committee to consist of at least 50% under 16 year olds. The aim was to encourage young people to do more for their local communities. Although this is no longer a formal requirement for the funding of the project, we would like to continue with this ethos in Asby. Many of our younger committee members will soon be turning 16, so new younger members who want to help would be welcomed.
We also welcome more family involvement. As this is a village entertainment project, we aim to provide family entertainment and not just entertainment for the adults in the community. Most of the films we show are rated PG, 12 or 15, with the very occasional higher rated film. We also enjoy showing U rated films that are suitable for all the family and, with the participation of local families, we would very much like to be able to promote more family films in the future.
For more information do contact one of the following:
- Karen, on
- Gina, on
- Fiona, on
- Geoff, on