Hythe Community Cinema is a friendly and well supported film society which serves the town of Hythe in Kent and which shows a wide variety of intriguing films.
From October 2015 we have been screening our films in the beautifully renovated Tin Tabernacle, a small Victorian chapel converted into a community space. Our equipment was supplied by the British Film Institute which means that the picture and sound quality of our films is of an unusually high standard for a local film society.
We show 10 films a year between October and July. Our aim is to screen films from around the world and to promote the enjoyment of and education in the craft of film making. We show a range of British and international films, both recent releases and more classic films, focusing on the work of independent film directors – the sort of films it’s often difficult to catch in the local mainstream cinemas.
We hope that our film club is a valuable community resource for a town that has little in the way of evening entertainment.
Where we can, we forge links with local businesses and shops. For instance, holders of a Hythe Cinema Card can buy advance tickets for our film evenings from Temptations Gift Shop. For our screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel, the patisserie La Salamandre supplied us with a type of cake which featured in the film and which we gave as a prize in a free draw for ticket holders. For the Indian film The Lunchbox, we offered samosas and bhajis provided by the nearby Indian restaurant Southern Spice.
We also have links further afield. At our 2015 Christmas screening we sold some of our old DVDs and Blu-ray disks to raise money to support the rebuilding, after a terrorist attack and an earthquake, of Yangrima School in Nepal. This, together with donations from our audience, raised over £264. In December, 2016, our treasurer took part in the Saltwood Boxing Day Run and raised over £500 in sponsorship, largely through the generosity of our members. This also was passed on to the school to help with the final stages of rebuilding.
The Hythe Community Cinema is run by a committee of film enthusiasts. The committee is elected at the AGM which takes place each summer. The members of the current committee are:
- Monica de la Mare – Treasurer, Press Officer and Licensing
- Jean Nelson – Secretary
- Kath Yore – Refreshments
- Steve Leach – Film selection overseer, film night notes and equipment set-up
- Julie Leach – Film posters, design and equipment set-up
- Gabriel Topalian – Technical advice and Special Events Organiser
- Andy Maguire – Master of Ceremonies and website
- Stuart Anderson – Accounts
- Sue Turnbull – Front of House
Films are selected by the committee. At the end of each film, members of the audience give feedback on their enjoyment of it. The feedback is analysed and we use it to guide us in the selection of subsequent films. We consider suggestions from members for specific films.
If you would like to join the committee of the Hythe Community Cinema to help guide the future of the cinema, select films, etc, please let us know – see ‘contact us’ page, or talk to us at a screening.
Please also let us know if you would like to help in other ways without joining the committee, for instance by helping prepare refreshments, taking entrance money or delivering leaflets.