Tideswell Cinema has been operating an annual season of films and special events from Tideswell since 2005, when the venture started with the provision of mobile digital cinema equipment made available from Derbyshire Film.
This initial support came to an end and the equipment gradually needed upgrading – takings from annual and guest members, together with special fund-raising screenings have enabled us to carry out essential equipment updates and replacements. We can now offer full HD projection on a five metre screen and Dolby 5.1 sound system – in addition, we have installed satellite equipment allowing us to receive live broadcasts.
Over the past six years we have used a range of venues across the village but have now found a permanent home upstairs at The George Hotel, right, which is an excellent venue and gives the audience the opportunity to book a pre-show meal as well as interval drinks.
Each year we create a balanced programme that includes award-winning mainstream films, arts and drama, subtitled foreign language and classics. We ask for audience feedback in the form of questionnaires to ensure that we create a programme meeting the needs of regular members.
It is pleasing that so many people enjoy the range and variety of films that we screen and that a number of members are able to join us who would otherwise struggle to reach a cinema. The current season has been particularly successful with several full houses of 40+ people and we have introduced a post-film discussion group for the first time.
We are grateful to the Tideswell & District Community Association and Derbyshire County Council for support.
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