Creative Arts East Screen

Rural And Community Cinema

Creative Arts East Screen is a community cinema network made up of volunteer promoting groups in rural Norfolk and parts of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, who screen anything from the latest blockbusters and timeless classics, to live-recorded theatre performances, foreign language films and contemporary independent titles.

These screenings take place in non-urban areas which don’t usually have conventional cinemas on their doorstep. We provide portable cinema equipment, technical training, programming advice and special film licence discounts, helping communities come together to experience the magic of cinema in their local village hall or community venue.


What does it involve?

  • Becoming a member. Our Standard Membership package includes our support for film licencing, marketing and much more!

  • Booking your venue, ensuring it is properly licenced with your local council.

  • Selecting the film you’d like to screen in your venue, and deciding on ticket prices. We provide recommendations and access to subsidised offers to help you.

  • Booking the film licence and equipment (should you need them) with our support, using our online booking system.

  • Promoting and distributing information about your screening, selling tickets and encouraging people to come.

  • Gathering together a team of volunteers to help organise and promote the event.

  • Acknowledging your partnership with Creative Arts East and our funders as much as possible.

What Does CAE Provide?

  • Access multiple sets of fully maintained, up-to-date digital cinema equipment, based around the region.

  • Access to our technical training and support partner, providing the know-how and safety advice on using the equipment.

  • Your own online account through our website for simple, step-by-step booking of film licences and equipment, and access to event management tools and resources.

  • Promotion of your event on our website, social media, and in press releases to local media where appropriate.

  • Subsidised licences for titles chosen from our in-house programmed film menus.

  • Access to special ‘Live to Screen’ titles, including recorded performances of live theatre, opera, ballet and more.

  • Posters and flyers designed in-house for specialised films!

  • Invitations to member’s meet-ups, special screening days and networking events.

  • Access to 5 days a week support from the experienced and dedicated CAE team.

How to join

  • Ready to become a CAE Screen promoter? Register your details now, and the team will be in contact to chat to you about getting started!

  • If you’ve got more questions, visit our Get In Touch page to contact us, and ask for a member of the cinema team.

  • You may also be interested in promoting live performance in your community venue. To hear more about Creative Arts East Live!, click here.

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Creative Arts East, through the Creative Arts East Screen scheme, is a member of Film Hub South East, part of the BFI Film Audience Network, a groundbreaking initiative developed by the BFI to enable organisations and film experts in the independent cultural exhibition sector to work in partnership to boost film audiences across the UK.

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