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Last Updated: Monday, 8 March, 2004, 10:36 GMT
Lottery funds mobile cinema plan
Mobile cinema (generic)
Mobile cinemas increase access for rural communities
Film fans in rural areas will be able to see the latest releases thanks to a new scheme to fund hundreds of mobile cinemas with National Lottery money.

The Lottery fund has given 500,000 to the initiative. Successful applicants will receive up to 5,000 to spend on portable digital film equipment.

"The quality is as good as you would get in the Odeon Leicester Square," said a UK Film Council spokesman.

There are already more than 200 film clubs and societies in the UK.

The equipment includes surround sound - all the clubs will need is a bare wall to project the film against, said the spokesman.

The Film Council wants the initiative to lead to more film clubs.

Choice

"Film is a uniquely powerful medium which informs, entertains and inspires, and we want to ensure that the widest range of cinema is accessible to all sections of the community," said Pete Buckingham, head of distribution and exhibition for the UK Film Council.

"Film clubs, societies and mobile cinemas often provide audiences with much-needed film choice, particularly in rural areas where there might not be an accessible local cinema," he added.

Mr Buckingham said the fund recognised how important such groups were in ensuring that films are accessible to all.

The largest number of cinema admissions last year came from London, with 43.8 million visits to the cinema last year.

In contrast, Cumbria and southern Scotland had just 1.6 million, and northern Scotland 3.4 million.




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