New cinema installation for Taunton Arts & Culture Centre CICCIC
A high-quality community cinema space has just been installed at the Creative Innovation Centre CIC (CICCIC), Paul Street Taunton, after the British Film Institute (BFI) and aid from a local patron awarded CICCIC funding and equipment so local people can experience big screen entertainment at low cost.
The bulk of the funds will pay for renovation works to fit blackout blinds, a sound system and a projector as a flexible cinema space.
The project is a community-led initiative by CICCIC and people from the local community. It will upgrade existing facilities within CICCIC to create a modern and adaptable space that will serve as a social hub for the whole community. The screening resource and associated café is designed to attract people into Taunton, raise its profile and aid its regeneration.
CICCIC director Andrew Knutt said: “As well as screening weekly films and documentaries that you may not see at your local multiplex, movie goers can lounge in our sofas, grab a drink at the bar, even nominate movies for us to screen and hire private movie screenings or movie parties”.
Tim Cagney, Deputy CEO of the BFI comments: “We want to encourage people to build a lifelong relationship with film, to boost audiences for a diverse range of films and ensure that film culture can be accessed and enjoyed by everyone, regardless of where they live. Building on the valuable work of the community cinema sector and organisations marks an exciting stage in the roll out of Film Forever further helping communities across the length and breadth of the UK to enjoy the richness of the cinematic experience”.
The programme for 2016 will deliver something for everyone including titles such as ‘Searching for Sugarman’, ‘English Vinglish’, ‘Woodstock’, ‘The Legend of Barney Thomson’, and many more exciting and interesting films and documentaries.
CICCIC is a registered Neighbourhood Cinema with the British Film Institute No.000921 and a member of Cinema for All.