Hindolveston Village Screen started in 2005. Creative Arts East were just starting their Norfolk Village Screen organisation and Hindolveston was one of the first villages to join the scheme. Since then, there have been between 8 to 10 showings a year which now include ‘World Cinema’ films as well as live or recorded broadcasts from the National Theatre. For a flavour of previous films take a look at the screening list 2012 – 2016.
Village Screen Committee
Selection, organisation and staging of the films is done through the voluntary work of the Village Screen committee. This comprises Frances Wingate Derek Chapman, Sarah Pettegree, Adrian and Susan Day, Graham and Audrey Bould, Les and Janet Ellis, Sue Billings and Liz Goldfinger. To see the up to list of films for the current season, click here.
Ticket Sales and Proceeds
The proceeds of ticket sales must cover the cost of licensing each event but any profits go directly to the Village Hall funds; as at the end of 2016, over £8000 has been raised in this way. Tickets cost £4.50 per person and are available on the door or from Parker’s Garage in the village, but to avoid disappointment, they can also be booked in advance by calling Frances on 01263 860257.
Film Night Details
Doors open in the Village Hall at 7pm. The Astley bar is open beforehand and afterwards and light refreshments, including ice cream are available before the film starts at 7.30pm.
The confines of the Village Hall, with its large wall electrically operated screen, high quality speakers, ceiling mounted projector and, new for 2016, padded seats, ensure an excellent viewing experience. Pictured here is the audience seconds before the showing of ‘Hunt for Wilderpeople’!!! And below is a picture that gives you an idea of the size of the screen which is big enough for comfortable viewing.
Extra information as at September 2018
– Rural village cinemas are now recognised to be an important sector by the British film industry.
– 13 years ago in 2005, Hindolveston was one of the first rural cinemas in Norfolk, and is one of the longest running – and still going strong!
– Each season lasts from September to April, and we show 8 mainstream films and 4 foreign language (subtitled) ones.
– The main films are always shown on the third Saturday of the month, with the subtitled films shown on the intervening Saturdays.
– The films are all carefully chosen by the Cinema Committee to be interesting and entertaining – we always welcome your suggestions for films to show.
– The licence we have to pay the distributors to show each film is around £100-120.
– Every film over the seasons has sold enough seats to make a profit.
– Ticket sales have raised an amazing profit of over £9,500 over the years – all proceeds go to the Village Hall
– In 2015, the BFI (British Film Institute) awarded the Village Hall a grant of £5000 to buy new upholstered seats to make Hindolveston cinema-going a really comfortable experience.
– The Village Hall Bar is open for drinks before and after the film, and delicious local Ronaldo’s ice creams are on sale (the most popular ice-cream flavour is Butterscotch and Almond)
– Projectionist Derek carefully matches the background music before the screening to the film (listen out next time).
– Our most popular film last season (Spring 2018) was the BAFTA winning and Oscar nominated ‘Lion’
– Last year (2017) the Cinema Committee walked in total approximately 200km delivering flyers about the cinema, making a fitter committee!
– People come to Hindolveston Cinema from villages all around the district