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Screening dates, in 2018, for your diary:  20th January (Viceroy's House), 10th February (Victoria & Abdul) & 17th March (The Party).
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Why does it cost as much as it does to see a film at Film Loughton?

So, the other night my mum said to me ‘ I’ve got this lovely film on DVD that you could show at your film club and I could let you have it so it wouldn’t cost you anything’. Well I tried to explain to her that it didn’t exactly work like that, and that I didn’t fancy ‘doing time’ for breaking copyright law, but then it occurred to me that there probably aren’t many people who understand the economics of a film club and how it all does actually work. Time to get typing!

As a film club we are not allowed to show ‘normal’ DVD’s, or if we do we have to get a special licence to show them. The next time you play a DVD in your own home have a look at the Copyright notice, yeah it’s the one right at the beginning that everyone ignores, it actually says something along the lines of: ‘playing this DVD in public is a criminal offence’. However, it is allowed if you have a licence for public display, for that film on that day. We purchase a special licence which allows us to show the DVD once to the public.

Any work is done by volunteers, so we have no wages to pay.

I am going to use the November 2017 screening of 'Hampstead' as an example. The licence cost £120, it can be more or less depending on the film, but this is a fairly typical price.

Then we have the cost of hiring the hall £120.

Total costs £240

Attendance was 18 members @£5 each = £90
                     17 non-members @ £7 each = £119
                         2 x Golden ticket holders @ £ zero
                       Catering brought in a further £16

Total attendance 37 persons, total income £225

Nett profit/loss MINUS £15

Thanks to all our members, whose membership fees help to smooth out cash flow problems like this.
This was essentially a nice film and reasonably well attended, so you can see there is not a lot of margin here. We can absorb this loss because we have membership fees the help with exactly this sort of small loss.
That is why tickets cost what they do!

Questions you might well ask:

Why do you bother?
We like showing films! And OK I admit it, we are probably a bit unhinged too (although I am speaking for myself here). But hey, be wild, does everything in life have to make sense?

Why don’t you just charge a bit more?
i) Well, if it was too much no-one would come! (& we do exist to promote local cinema in Loughton).

ii) we would lose our status as a non-profit organization and become a commercial operation which would vastly increase the cost of our Public Display Licence.

Why don’t you show the film in my back garden?
Well you don’t have a Public Entertainment Licence or a Fire Certificate & you’re not Licenced as a Public Venue. The venues that we use have all of these.

Why don’t you get a local firm to sponsor you in return form an advert or two?
Well that would turn everything into a commercial operation and the cost of the various licences would increase dramatically.

What’s in it for our viewers?
Well, you get to see everything on a big screen, no matter how hard you try you will never have a telly as big as our screen. You get the benefit of 3500 W of sound system. Your top-end Dolby 5.1 surround sound system at home might reach as much as 1750W, although it will probably be more like 350W, your TV soundbar will be about 35-50W and the built-in TV speakers on their own will be about 10-20W. Our system allows the faintest sounds to be heard, try listening for footsteps and cupboard doors closing, easy to hear on our system, much less likely at home.

We do apply for grants use our membership fees to help us buy equipment that needs replacing, upgrading or just simply wears out.

So, there you have a bit of information in case you were wondering where your ticket money, raffle ticket money, membership fees & kind donations go, and why everything costs as much as it does!



Our thanks to our members, the public and Loughton Town Council. Your generous contributions, grants & continued support are much appreciated.
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