Community & Education

Community

Over the years the cinema has welcomed millions of local people and visitors through its doors.  It is a community asset, and we are keen to enable as many people as possible to use the Cinema and enjoy this unique building in the town.

During our Centenary we had a weekend of free screenings for local people and visitors alike.  We are pleased to host the East Suffolk Arts Society every month for their lectures and events. The Thorpeness Art Group has also used the cinema for regular lectures and the local children’s opera has rehearsed in the cinema when their usual venue was unavailable.  It is lovely to work with locally based groups and charities and share our facilities.

Education

As a charity and as part of our charitable purpose, the cinema has been working with and will continue to work with children and young people, giving them the opportunity to experience and get involved in film.  Three local primary schools within the Avocet Academy have for two years filmed documentaries through our education programme.  These have culminated in a celebration event with families and friends at the cinema.  We also welcome Aldeburgh Primary School into the Cinema each year for the chance to see a Christmas film as part of their Christmas celebrations.

We have taken a number of documentaries into secondary schools.  The emphasis has continued to be on documentaries and these films are of interest to media study students as well as those who are studying a relevant part of the curriculum.

We have held a school’s outreach day in the cinema as part of DocFest for two years.  In 2019 we were lucky enough to show Children of the Snow Land, followed by a Q&A with the Producer/Director and a young man from Nepal who was in the film.  The Cinema welcomed young people from five local secondary schools and an inspiring event took place.

In 2019 we held a film making summer school in partnership with The Red House.  This was a free, one week course led by Signals.  The young people involved made two documentary films, which were superb, and were shown at DocFest that year, with invitations to their families and friends.  This gave all local young people the opportunity to experience planning, producing, directing and filming their own films.

In partnership with the UEA, we are going to re-launch the Environmental Documentary Short Film Award in the future.

 

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