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Grand Opening! Rotherham

The Grand Opening of A Small Cinema in Rotherham took place on the 21st April 2011 at the Old Market Gallery, and was attended by the Mayor of Rotherham.

A full set of the photos is viewable here on our Flickr page:


What makes “A Successful Small Cinema?”

Well, the bow-ties are off and the posters are taken down and now we are asking the question: What makes “A Successful Small Cinema”?

We held an evaluation meeting for “A Small Cinema in Kirkby” in our studio over in Liverpool and discussed the many the many different aspects out of which the most recent project – “A Small Cinema in Kirkby” – has been shaped.  Behind the many bespoke details there are some key components which go into making this kind of “A Small Cinema” project successful and we boiled these down to five essential elements:

  1. transformation of a space (eg empty shop) into a bespoke cinema (this includes details like a cinema screen, tickets, promotional posters, seats, curtains etc.)
  2. the commissioning of at least one new, locally or thematically relevant, short film
  3. screening of archival film footage and material sourced directly from filmmakers
  4. conducting research into peoples memories of cinema and creatively manifesting these memories within the overall event (e.g. as posters, within brochure, photographs etc.)
  5. staging of cinema screening event (requires promotion, volunteer ushers, popcorn, tickets, trailers etc.)

A Small Cinema in Numbers

Ten film screenings took place over two days at the end of January 2011.  Two hundred and twenty-two members of the public attended these screenings as audience members consuming a total of four kilograms of popcorn.  Tickets cost twenty-five pence each (or an empty jam-jar) and six empty jam-jars were received in lieu of payment.

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Audience Comments

We left out some simple comments sheets for audience members to write on as they exited our “A Small Cinema in Kirkby” events.  All of the comments are listed below and one young guy drew Mickey Mouse!

“Excellent, very good for all the family. Love the memory posters” Sarah & Jack

“It was great. Really good for kids. It was entertaining as well” Sarah

“It was boss. It was funny. I loved it.” Lily

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Memories of Cinema

Silkscreen printed posters produced by Pingwood Art Group who are based at the Towerhill Community Centre, Ebony Way, Kirkby are viewable below (or over on flickr here!)

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Your Guide to Good Buys at Kirkby Market

This short video was produced by Re-Dock as part of “A Small Cinema in Kirkby.” The idea was to speak with stall-holders and get a sense of the heritage of the market, the characters and the range of produce available in their own words.

Newspaper images kindly supplied by Knowsley Archive. (Rob & Lin)
Thanks to Mark & Adele and all the stall holders on Kirkby Market.
Music used under Creative Commons licence: Flutterspot “Take Care etc.” (

Fighting Chance – New Film Commission

We’re incredibly excited to have premiered “Fighting Chance” at “A Small Cinema in Kirkby.” This, specially commissioned, brand new short film by Tim Brunsden, brought a local story of Olympic proportions to our small-big-screen.

In a remarkable year-and-a-half, Kirkby local Kayleigh Hayes, formerly a dancer, has progressed from never having laced up a pair of gloves to winning the 2010 Womens Amateur Boxing (ABAE) National Senior Title. We catch up with Kayleigh in her preparations for an important International bout in Sweden and competition at international level has never been more intense: Womens Amateur Boxing is set to feature in the Olympic Games for the first time ever at London 2012 and there are still places on the GB team up for grabs! Continue reading