At the moment I’m waiting a day or so to give Event Cinema management some time to develop their response to the latest restrictions and review our current arrangements with them.
They certainly run sessions with less than 100 people.
Our Unseen Cinema series break even on current costs is well in excess of 100 ticket sales, so although we don’t shy away from films we think might have lower attendances, we need the larger audience sessions to keep our heads above water.
We should probably recognise that groups of 100 might just be a step on the way to something lower.
The other issue is that film distributors are beginning to withdraw their films from cinema release, saving them up for times when they can expect bigger audiences. This will make future programming more challenging.
A further consideration is that our Sunday cinema session demographic is heavily weighted towards the riskier end of the virus outcome severity scale.
For now End Credits committee has agreed that the most prudent act is to suspend all of our indoor screening activities until further notice.
We’ll let you know if the landscape changes.
Flickerfest at CPAC Fri 27 March has been cancelled. Ticketlink are arranging refunds.
Today I closed all online ticket sales and will make refunds to any ticket holders once I’ve had the opportunity to speak to the cinema management.
Hi Brett - I see gatherings indoors of over 100 now banned. Would it be feasible to sell just 100 tickets to future screenings (online only) and ask people/couples to sit with empty seats between them?? Or would that not stack up financially? (Maybe the cinemas will have to close anyway - though when we saw JoJo rabbit yesterday we were the entire audience!)