Cinema crowdfunding campaign launched

A group that is trying to set up a community cinema in Caistor has reported pledges of nearly £300 within the first week of its crowdfunding campaign being launched.

Steve Critten, Chairman of the Caistor Community Cinema and Film Club, said today (Sunday, February 4, 2018) that the project seemed to be “building momentum”.

Eleven people and a reporter from the Market Rasen Mail attended the inaugural meeting at the Town Hall on February 12th, Mr Critten said.

Since then, the group has drawn up a constitution, made inquiries about opening a bank account, prepared a funding bid for £8,000, is working on designing a logo, and has set up the online “crowdfunding” campaign,

A questionnaire is also being planned, Mr Critten said.

Steve Critten, Chairman of the cinema group

In total, the group is hoping to raise £14,000 towards the cost of a projector, amplifier, speakers and screen, but Mr Critten added that the figure was “aspirational”.

“We might be able to proceed with less, but that would mean some compromises on sound and picture quality,” he said. “We should like to be able to deliver screenings to a very high standard.”

He understood that the online campaign hosts, GoFundMe, did not require the total target to be reached before releasing the amounts pledged.

Caistor and District Lions gave the group an early boost by agreeing to donate £500, subject to the project getting off the ground. The Caistor Yarborough Academy had also offered early practical support, said Mr Critten.

The Lions’ donation was particularly significant, as the group needs to generate £2,000 under its own steam in order to unlock the £8,000 funding.

“The Lions’ support was very much appreciated,” he added.

It is hoped that the cinema would be able to cater for different groups and ages throughout the community, including young people aged between 11-17, who tend to be heavily reliant on public transport and cannot easily travel to the nearest commercial cinema independently.

“The idea originally came about through the All About You project for young people, and we’re hoping to build on that,” said Mr Critten. “With two excellent schools delivering secondary level education in Caistor, the group feels it’s important that young people are taken into account.”

If all went well with the screenings, the group would like to encourage young people to get involved with filmmaking, he said. But he added that getting the screenings right was the group’s first priority.

The group had considered renting equipment, or using the services of a non profit making projectionist venture, he added. “But over the long term, we felt that buying the equipment would deliver better value for money,” he said.

Members of the group include people with industry experience, such as sound engineers and people with experience in staging public events. Caistor Post Office has also agreed to help, if needed, with advance ticket sales when the project is up and running.

Caistor Town Hall, which had a long tradition of showing films between the 1920s and 1980s, was a popular choice of venue among the group as it is central, has plenty of nearby parking, and good facilities for disabled people, Mr Critten said. He added that other venues in the town had also expressed interest.


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  1. Steve Critten

    Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far to our crowdfunding campaign. It has been truly humbling. We also have a Facebook group called Caistor Community Cinema, and an email address, Let’s hope we can keep the momentum going and get this off the ground.


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