Why are Community Cinemas Important?


The volunteers who put on film screenings in their communities are a special bunch of committed film fans. Cinema For All believes that their work is hugely important, and has a significant impact on the film industry, on local regeneration and on people’s lives.

  • Community cinemas and film societies bring film to all areas of the country – 31% of community screens operate in rural areas, compared to only 3% of commercial venues.
  • They support home-grown film and talent – 25% of films shown by community groups are UK productions.
  • They engage with the people in their communities – a film society experience brings you together as a community to share the magic of cinema. Community cinemas bring back that habit of cinema-going, that was once thought lost.
  • They do it because they love it – we believe that a community screening can be an inspiring and unique way to experience cinema. The passion and enthusiasm of the volunteer organisers comes though in many thoughtful and highly creative ways.

To read a range of stories from groups all across the country, visit our Case Studies page.

To find out more stats and facts about the organisations we represent, visit our Research page.