The Deptford Cinema was established to provide an alternative to the multiplex experience, programming interesting and experimental films alongside more mainstream fare. Our intention is to create an entrance point for local people to experience alternative cinema by screening high-quality films on a high-quality screen with a high-quality projector: that's where you come in! We are running this Kickstarter in order to purchase a digital projection system that will turn the Deptford Cinema into a destination for all film lovers.
From the beginning the Deptford Cinema has been propelled entirely by volunteer power. Through public meetings we have developed an organized group of local residents and film enthusiasts committed to bringing an authentic cinema experience back to our borough of Lewisham. Lewisham is one of only two London Boroughs with no dedicated cinema! It is our aim to have direct community involvement in our programming: local people will be able to programme films in a supportive environment. To remain versatile in a diverse community, we require a high-quality digital projector to ensure the picture on the screen matches the image in the eye of each one of our programmers, whichever films we choose.
The cinema will have approximately 50 seats, and a large screen that is able to show high-quality digital projection, as well as 16mm film. We have been working with a professional video projection engineer and after a lot of research have selected the digital projector that best suits the room size and layout.
We plan to have the cinema up and running by the end of 2014. We are hard at work securing funding to assist with building work as well as some exciting programs we have planned. But for the cost of one of the most essential pieces of equipment for a cinema - the projector - we must appeal to the public. It's a big expense, but necessary, and if we can secure this support it will have an effect on so many people for years to come.
Risks and challenges
London is the kind of place where innovative ideas can flourish - unfortunately it is not the easiest city to create and maintain them. To offset the costs of building, running and maintaining a cinema in London, we need to establish a reputation as a community focused organization where the films are first rate, where you can walk down the stairs and feel like you are entering another world. A digital projector that allows the cinema to show a diverse programme without risking picture quality is essential to avoid the risks associated with running a cinema in London.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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