One of the things that separates out a community cinema from a large, impersonal multiplex is the 'added extras' you can bring to your event.

These extras come in many shapes and forms, but could include:

  • A themed screening, with venue decorations and invitations for people to dress up
  • Food and drink
  • Live music before, during an interval or as people leave the screening
  • Q&A with a person linked to the film (director, performer, somebody relevant to the film's content etc)
  • Sing-a-long session
  • Storytelling or craft session that ties-in with the film's themes

Click on the links below to read about community cinemas that added fringe benefits to their events - and had fun doing it!

Kelty Community Cinema in Fife invited the Kelty & Blairadam Concert Band along to play at their first screening.

Fèis na h-Òige in Inverness screened Brave and invited Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis (who is on the original soundtrack) to run a sing-a-long session

Letham Lights in Fife showed From Scotland With Love and invited Kenny Anderson, who composed the soundtrack, along for a Q&A.

Flicks in the Sticks in Strathnairn brought in a storyteller to embellish their afternoon screening of The Water Horse, followed by live music that evening before screening Hamish. They also invited audience members to pre-order pizza!

WHALE Arts in Edinburgh ran a Bugsy Malone themed evening