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Tuesday 10 September 2013, 15:38

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

I've just returned from the Screenplay film festival in Shetland. The new cinema on the island has sold an extraordinary 100,000 tickets in its first year. Who says cinema is dead?

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    Comment number 1.

    I hope you are right Mark, I for one would love to go to cinemas to see movies. But there needs to be the interesting movies to go and see. Where the heck are they? Hollywood stopped making them and the only alternative is a few zero-budget efforts. Where's the investment coming from?

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    Comment number 2.

    I hope so too. However, probably stating the obvious, but cinemas need to remain competitive in order to survive, particularly not to lose the cinematic regulars. Whilst it may be difficult to change the minds who've already decided, it would be imperative not to lose the aforementioned, but also to entice everybody else, especially those "caught in the middle".

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    Comment number 3.

    I for one am glad that Shetland has a proper arts centre and cinema, and even though I cherish home viewing, the experience of watching a film with a respectful audience is an experience that cannot be replicated. I work in the heart of the West End so for me going to the cinema is not that much of a novelty. However I live in South East London and for neigh on twenty five years there has been talks of opening a cinema near where I live, and so far there has been no progress. There are three libraries, there are two fire stations, and lord knows how many empty industrial estates within a ten minutes walking distance from my house, and no one has yet launched an idea of building and opening a cinema? I mean there are enough supermarkets on my main road, surely a small cinema would suffice.

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    Comment number 4.

    This is a difficult one. I remember the anticipation of a film prefaced by the trailers from 'Pearl & Dean;' this experince has sadly dissipated from multiplexes. The excitement of pictures for a certain generation, has sadly been weakened by the fervor of internet participation. Will anyone contributing to this sight remember the days when the 'Teaser Trailer' was salivating. Now, it has become a useless, overbearing tool; teaser trailers are mocked, duplicated and fabricated just to create a sense of excitement... It is a fake world we live in now... which is sad, for moviegoers.

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    Comment number 5.

    Good on Shetland, but that's only about 5 cinema visits per person per year. They could do better! Readers of this blog would probably skew a much higher average, and I'd bet that, in busman's holiday mode, Dr Kermode probably does more than that a year even when he's not being paid to go.

    Excusing my statistical churl, I really think it's great that Shetland have got themselves such a good cinema facility and that it is being well supported. I only hope that many other areas outside of our main metropolitan areas (London, etc,) can get and support decent facilities that can give other communities the variety, choice and joy of great movies on a big screen.


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