Rural Touring Community Cinema

The Rural Touring Community Cinema is a scheme that uses portable cinema equipment to provide local cinema screenings in community venues across the district of Newark and Sherwood.

The scheme is a partnership between Newark and Sherwood District Council, Lowdham Village Hall, Elston Film Group and all other interested film groups within the district.

Local venues such as village halls, community centres, schools and libraries can be turned into friendly nearby temporary cinemas!

How does the scheme work?

You will need to sign up to be a community cinema promoter and agree to the terms and conditions of the scheme.

You can then book as many time slots as you wish, subject to availability.

You need to collect the equipment (film projector and large screen) from Lowdham Village Hall and return it at an agreed time. A large vehicle (for example an estate car) will be required for collection and delivery.

Selecting your films

As a community cinema promoter you will be responsible for registering with a film provider, such as Filmbank, in order to obtain a suitable subscription, licence and films. Usually films are despatched about one week before the play date. 

Venue requirements

The scheme is committed to equal opportunities and therefore it is a requirement that all venues have disabled access.

Your venue will need to seat a reasonable sized audience, have basic power available (13amp) and have a nearby parking area for loading and unloading the equipment.

Ideally, it should be possible to black out your venue to ensure that the quality of the projected image is as high as possible.

The venue should also have Public Liability insurance and meet the relevant health and safety requirements.

Equipment and technical support

We will provide help and support in how to set up and use the equipment before your first screening takes place. Also volunteers from Lowdham may be able to offer technical support on the night in person or by telephone. 

For more information contact

Lynn Preece, Arts Development Officer at Newark and Sherwood District council on 01636 655499 or e-mail

Film Friday in Lowdham

Exciting news from Lowdham Festivals is that film is back in Lowdham!

In partnership with Lowdham Village Hall Film Friday is a monthly community film show in Lowdham Village Hall.

Most films have a bookstall plus refreshments, including ice cream, popcorn, home made cakes, hot and cold drinks, and a licensed bar at the evening screenings.

Tickets available from The Bookcase on the Box Office line: 0115 966 3219

The Projection House

Oxton Village Hall Committee run a very successful rural cinema scheme called The Projection House.

They hold regular community film nights at the village hall and more details about up and coming shows can be found at

Film Events in Maplebeck

Regular film events are held in Maplebeck Village Hall, including special afternoon shows for children.

Contact us

Lynn Preece
Arts Development Officer
Newark and Sherwood District Council
Kelham Hall
NG23 5QX

01636 650000

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