3 months ago we began screenings for our rural touring cinema project Flix In The Stix, and what a great success it has been so far! We have currently screened in 6 villages including, Glentham, Lea, Scothern, Corringham, Saxilby and Ingham. The residents have attended in their dozens and have had nothing but high praise for the benefits the service brings to their community. For those who are unsure of the purpose of Flix in The Stix, it is a project intending to allow those living in these rural villages the chance to enjoy the big screen experience without the difficulty and expense of travelling into the nearest town or city.
Flix has been successfully funded in part by Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Awards for All’ initiative to improve communities as well as by the British Film Institute’s ‘Neighbourhood Cinema’ initiative and ‘Film Audience Network’ (through Film Hub Central East) to bring specialised film programming into areas with limited access to a cinema. This funding has proven essential as it has allowed us to expand into 2 more villages (Digby and Upton) which we are incredibly excited for, as it will give even more of these rural communities to experience the selection of amazing films we are showing in the coming months.
The funding has also allowed us to purchase amazing equipment; including a huge folding frame screen, which for our first screening in Glentham had a slight moment of panic, when we thought the screen might actually be too big for the hall! Luckily this problem was quickly solved and the screen has looked fantastic in each venue, with attendees commenting of how impressive it looks in their village halls. No cinema would be complete without a high quality sound system, so we have some hefty Yamaha speakers which has sounded amazing in each screening.
Having this equipment ensures the screenings we deliver to each village are of an exceptional quality, and our residents are getting a true value for their money for an entertaining night out.
June and July featured the screenings of films both modern and classic, which included Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’, ‘Lady in The Van’ Starring Maggie Smith and ‘Some Like It Hot’. All films were incredibly well received and despite some of these films showing on gloriously warm evenings or during big sporting events, Flix has managed to attract significant audiences to come experience this diverse range of cinema. Our series of screenings of ‘Lady In The Van’ have proven to be the most popular so far with one of our villages filled to the brim reaching nearly 100 attendees!
From September, our Autumn season will commence, and Flix will then screen in a total of 8 locations. We have an exciting mix of films including ‘Lady In The Van’ (playing at the villages that missed out in June), comedy drama ‘Chef’, James Bond’s latest – ‘Spectre’, the Oscar nominated ‘Brooklyn’ and two classics; ‘Casablanca’ and Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’. We look forward to hearing the feedback from our two new villages and are excited to see the potential of Flix In The Stix as it continues its expansion.