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Figure 10.6 shows revenues from events from 2006 to 2012. Again, because the 2013 data are from a different source than the earlier data, 2013 revenues are not included in the chart. 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 0 10.11 Community cinema in the UK The screening of feature films in the UK is not limited to cinemas belonging to the major cinema operators. There is a thriving sector of voluntary providers which makes a wide variety of films available to local communities which often have less access to commercial cinemas. This sector is often referred to as community cinema. Members of local communities are generally more involved in the programming of such cinemas than in the programming of the commercial counterparts. Screenings of films in this sector are in venues such as village halls, mixed arts spaces, independent cinemas and the like. The British Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) has surveyed its members on an annual basis since 2005/06 in order to measure the size, composition and geographical distribution of the community cinema sector in the UK. Here we present a summary of the key findings from the 2012/13 survey. While many film societies and community cinemas have been in existence over a long period, new ones are established all the time. Six out of 10 (61%) of the responding organisations in the latest survey were established in 2000 or later, while 12% were established in the 1960s or earlier. 118 – BFI Statistical Yearbook 2014 Most of the film societies that responded (76%) operated a membership system in 2012/13 (74% in 2011/12) and the average membership size was 154, but there was a wide range of membership sizes. The smallest membership was five and the largest was 1,550. The total membership of responding societies stood at 12,452. Membership of film societies remains popular. Less than one quarter of respondents (24%) had fewer members than in the previous year. The average full annual membership fee was £23.59 (down from £25.91 in 2011/12). Just under half (46%) of societies that operated a membership system charged an additional admission fee. The average charge was £4.15. Less than one quarter (22%) of responding societies offered season tickets (27% in 2011/12). The average season ticket price was £30.00 and charges ranged from £10 to £55.00. The average number of season ticket holders in responding societies was 81 (75 in 2011/12). Most societies (86%) were open to non-members for a charge on the door. The average admission fee for non-members was £5.09 (the average ticket price for commercial cinemas in 2013 was £6.54). The responding organisations programmed a total of 704 different titles across 4,175 screenings during the 2012/13 season. British films accounted for 10% of the titles screened, and 15% of the films shown were in a foreign language (compared with 28% in 2011/12). More than two thirds (73%) of titles were screened by only one film society (the same as in 2011/12), indicating the diversity of programming choices made by individual societies. However, some titles proved popular choices across many film societies, and 18 films were programmed by 10 or more responding societies. Figure 10.7 shows the number of screenings by category of film. Titles sourced via the BFFS booking scheme accounted for 158 screenings. Alternative content (via satellite or events recorded and delivered on Blu-ray) is increasingly available to community cinemas, and 32 events were screened by responding societies during 2012/13. Figure 10.6 Revenues from alternative content events screened in UK cinemas, 2006-2012 £ million Alternative content revenue 0.2 0.8 3.1 4.7 7.5 10.5 12.5 Source: IHS 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012


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