Buxton Film is a non-profit community cinema established by a small group of people who wanted to see and share good films in Buxton.
Until January 2017 The Old Hall Hotel kindly contributed the use of the Pauper’s Pit venue which had cinema-style seating for about 40. It was our home for a number of years until its closure due to the redevelopment of The Crescent.
Thanks to an agreement with Buxton Opera House, we now screen our films in the Pavilion Arts Studio which we recently upgraded with a new projection and sound system. The small surplus from ticket sales, after we’ve paid for screening licenses, DVD/BDs, marketing and so on pays for equipment and rental.
Planning for each season’s programme starts well in advance with the final selection made in a group meeting. We try to screen good films that don’t necessarily make the multiplex cinemas and we’re always looking out for the best in world cinema.
Everyone in the group contributes their time for free There are films to licence and buy, notes to be compiled, website to be built and maintained, leaflets to design and publish, the film library to look after, weekly emails to send out, accounts to be kept and front of house and projection duties to perform. If you’re interested in helping – do get in touch.
We also organise an annual Film Festival which has established itself as a regular event in March/April.
During the Buxton Festival Fringe in July we screen a collection of award-winning shorts.
In January 2016 the Charities Commission recognised Buxton Film as a Registered Charity No. 1165040
Buxton Film is a member of the Film Hub North West Central (NWC) – part of a UK-wide network of Hubs supported by the British Film Institute (BFI) with the aim of bringing specialised and independent British Film to UK audiences in new and exciting ways. We are also affiliated to the Independent Cinema Office (ICO) – the national organisation for the development and support of independent film exhibition in the UK. Film Hub NWC have kindly supported us in several recent screening projects and we recently were successful in bidding for some new equipment from the BFI.
If you would like to be involved, or have suggestions, ideas or questions do talk to any of us at the weekly screenings or drop us an email using the link on the Contact Us page. We would also welcome sponsorship for a particular film or to help with the purchase of new equipment to improve the quality of the only cinematic experience in town.
Buxton Film Team
Jason Darley (trustee)
Mike Glendenning (trustee)
Luay Salman (trustee)
Keith Savage (trustee)
John Wilson (trustee)
We were very sad to report the death in 2017 of our very good friend and founding member and trustee of Buxton Film, Martin Thomas. His great knowledge of film, friendship and contribution to the success of our community cinema was invaluable and we continue to miss him.