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An initiative to bring a community cinema to Caistor is being revived, with a meeting planned on Monday (February 12, 2018) to discuss the idea.

The latest move has been driven forward by Caistor resident Steve Critten, who is also a Caistor Town Councillor.

An earlier campaign for a community cinema had briefly been floated as part of the All About You initiative for young people in Caistor about two years ago.

“I was recently approached to organise a one-off event, which has inspired me to potentially make it a more regular event,” said Mr Critten, on a Facebook page dedicated to the campaign. “Obviously the costs and logistics would need to be sorted out (and) as with anything of this nature, it will mainly rely on the goodwill of volunteers and kind people.”

An initial meeting to discuss the idea and possibly to set up a steering group has been organised in the Alan Caine chambers, formerly known as the Town Hall Arts Centre, on Monday (February 12) at 7pm.

The Facebook group, Caistor Community Cinema, has so far attracted 190 members, who have put forward suggestions about venues and talks with other community cinemas in Lincolnshire.

Mr Critten’s initiative comes at a time when there are national changes taking place within the British Film Institute to bring more support to filmmaking talent, community cinemas, and local film festivals across the UK.

The BFI’s Film Audience Network (FAN), which is supported by Lottery funding, is currently undergoing a major reorganisation to establish nine hubs across the UK. The hubs will try to boost film audiences in the UK and promote independent British film. The hubs will also work with the Cinema For All organisation, which offers support for community cinema across the UK.

“Monday’s meeting will be to gauge interest and see if there are enough people to get this up and running,” said Mr Critten. He is seeking support from those willing to help, “even if only for an hour or two each month”.

Mr Critten added that he might also be able to arrange a demo of a projector and sound equipment in operation at Monday’s meeting.

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