Membership Appeal

A request to the Cinema For All membership from Deborah Parker and Dr. Gemma Bird

We hope that you, your loved ones and your audience members are keeping well. We’re sure you are all looking forward to the day when you can reopen your doors, power up the projector, pop the kettle on and watch a film together on the big screen. Now that we have a tentative date for when cinemas may re-open (17 May), we look forward to the day when our audiences can reconnect, safely. Cinema For All is here for you, as you navigate those steps towards your first screening back.

We are writing to you today to ask you to keep your Cinema For All membership up-to-date. Though some of our services have taken a hiatus, our work as a charity supporting the 1500+ volunteer-led cinemas in the UK has not stopped. Since March 2020 we have seldom been busier – and have trained hundreds of community cinema organisers through our Launchpad, Sustain and Next Gen schemes, supported collaborative projects, delivered events, organised discounts, advocated for your needs with distributors and provided much needed funding to groups who are struggling.

Despite this, Cinema For All membership is currently at a 6 year low. We understand that it might be difficult for some groups financially, or perhaps you’ve put your community cinema admin on the back burner for a while. This is, of course, understandable, given the circumstances we’ve all been living through. However, as the national organisation for community cinemas and film societies, a strong membership body is vital to ensure we are representing your voice nationally, building the sector and bringing you the services and benefits that you need.

2021 is the 75th anniversary of Cinema For All – a moment marking the date when film societies came together to ensure that, as a collective, their voices were stronger as part of a national membership organisation. We hope you decide to mark this year by continuing to be part of Cinema For All, and part of this wonderful tradition of volunteer-led cinema that is the backbone of film in the UK.

In case you’ve not seen some of the more recent benefits available to you the moment, here’s a quick recap:

  • Lift Part 2 – a financial package for community cinemas. Three different funds to help you weather the crisis and work towards reopening (coming next week).
  • The Community Cinema Mini Conference, 27 March. Join us for a day of panels, sessions and masterclasses: BOOK NOW
  • Online Film Catalogue – keep your audience engaged and select from a range of titles to screen online to your audiences for just £50

From April, we’ll also be re-opening our coaching programmes for applications. The Booking Scheme and Equipment Hire services will shortly re-open to prepare for 17 May – offering you the simplest and lowest costing methods of bringing film to your communities.

To renew your membership now, go to:

If you are able to think about making a donation to Cinema For All, please visit:

If you’d like to check the status of your membership, email us on

Many, many thanks to all of you keeping your membership up to date, and those people and groups who have donated to Cinema For All during these difficult times. We are here for you all, and hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming events.

Deborah Parker and Dr. Gemma Bird
Chief Executive and Chair of Cinema For All