We’re delighted to share news that Screen25 in South Norwood has achieved its target of 100 champions & will now be keeping its doors open. Carry on supporting this vibrant community cinema by buying tickets for their autumn season (for which we can tempt you with a juicy discount…).
By RADIANT CIRCUS
Earlier this autumn we reported that Screen25 Cinema in South Norwood was anticipating closure unless they could recruit a cohort of community champions to keep them open. The wonderful news is that “after a long and emotionally exhausting month of campaigning” (their words!) this target has been reached.
Very well done to everyone for putting their shoulder behind this task, particularly the new champions whose contribution is so vital to the cinema’s sustainability. But this is really just the beginning… Like all cinemas, the core of Screen25’s viability is growing and keeping a decent audience, week in, week out, film in, film out. For Screen25 that means an average audience of 45 folk for every screening.
Their future therefore relies on people buying tickets, on audiences supporting films they might not know, trusting the programming team to always deliver rewarding film nights (which they do). To help achieve that goal, RADIANT CIRCUS is delighted to be supporting their Autumn Season: a new run of films that takes us up to Christmas.
The flagship screening is a sure case of art imitating life (or is it the other way around…?): a special double feature of Patrick Wang’s acclaimed 2018 opus, A BREAD FACTORY, about the struggles to keep a community arts centre open.
Getting its London premiere at the South London venue, Wang’s third feature is a fable in two parts:
Part One: FOR THE SAKE OF GOLD – “A community arts centre fights for survival when a celebrity couple – performance artists from China – build an enormous complex down the street catapulting big changes in their small town.” (122 mins)
Part Two: WALK WITH ME A WHILE – “A community arts center rehearses the ancient Greek play, HECUBA. But the real theatrics are outside the theater where the small town is being invaded by bizarre tourists and mysterious tech start-up workers.” (120 mins)
Featuring, amongst many others, CAGNEY & LACEY legend Tyne Daily, A BREAD FACTORY celebrates “the complexity of community in modern America, skewering the tech industry, globalisation, and cinema itself with warmth and good humour”.
A BREAD FACTORY screens at Harris Academy in South Norwood on 16 NOV. Part One kicks off at 16:00 whilst Part Two begins at 18:30. Tickets cost £9 for a single film (£7 concession) or a juicy £12 for both. There will be a short intermission between each film.
You can find the full list of films in Screen25’s Autumn Season in our calendar of special attractions.
Screen25 is a twice-weekly community-led cinema in the heart of South Norwood offering “a welcoming space for local people to come together and enjoy the latest independent and mainstream films, enhanced by Q&As, panel discussions, shorts and much more!”
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