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    Hi people, I was wondering if anyone had any advice/experience with hiring a local cinema to screen an independantly produced film? I ask because I am about to start production on a project that will need to be showcased on a big screen and I'm aware of people hiring out a cinema screen for one night to showcase their work but I have no idea how to go about this, I have called my local cineworld here in Birmingham but the guy i spoke to had no idea what he was talking about and seemed to think i was making a ludacris proposal.

    If anyone has any information it would be greatly appreciated.

    PS the project's final format will be full HD/PAL & i aim to showcase the project to the 100 or so people involved with the production.

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    Try contacting the IAC IAC - Introduction to great movie making!. They organise festivals up & down the country and will no doubt have knowledge of cinemas of the sort of size you want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cappa esquire View Post
    I have called my local cineworld here in Birmingham but the guy i spoke to had no idea what he was talking about and seemed to think i was making a ludacris proposal.
    You'd have thought that somone working in a cinema would share a mutual passion for filmmaking . I'd certainly follow up on Tim's lead, but don't discount contacting more of your local cinemas, particalarly any independants. However, make sure you talk to the decision makers - find out when the manager will be in and pop down to talk with them.

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    We have a independent cinema here in Aberdeen and I contacted them direct. They were even good enough to quote me hourly rates for the three screens they had to offer.

    Go local and get taken seriously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Peters View Post
    You'd have thought that somone working in a cinema would share a mutual passion for filmmaking .
    Lol. Years ago I worked for a famous frozen food producer. Occasionally some of us in IT had to visit the coalface where the pies were made. I think it's fair to say anyone who's seen a frozen beef pie in the process of manufacture is unlikely to share a passion for meat pies ever again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TimStannard View Post
    Lol. Years ago I worked for a famous frozen food producer. Occasionally some of us in IT had to visit the coalface where the pies were made. I think it's fair to say anyone who's seen a frozen beef pie in the process of manufacture is unlikely to share a passion for meat pies ever again.
    And if you saw the state of pension scheme data, you'd likewise stuff all your cash under the mattress.

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    If you are near Bristol uk ( unlikely i know ) ,we have a local indepentant that is so independant thay never show anything any good - lols.

    I know for a fact it is dead cheap to hire thier 300 seat cinema - and they have open film nights every month where they show what you bring.

    Cube Cinema Bristol

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    This may be of use:

    Independent Cinema Office

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    When I was a student I went to a local arts center and they allowed us to show our films there for one evening at a cost of about 130-150, we spilit this cost between all the video groups and had a great laugh. As another thought, a university may allow you to to hire a lecture hall with projector, this may be a bit of a lame aproach if they have poor facilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ContrastDesign View Post
    As another thought, a university may allow you to to hire a lecture hall with projector, this may be a bit of a lame aproach if they have poor facilities.
    Nice idea!

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