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Campaign Update 23rd March 2014

ar Members,

Apologies that this is the first update of March but that reflects the intense activity that has followed our announcement in late February. The combination of this and the media coverage of our forthcoming launch at the David Lean prompted an unprecedented deluge of messages and telephone calls to the Campaign, plus a welcome stream of film enthusiasts heading to Croydon Visitor Centre, to make use of their much-appreciated box office service. We must take this opportunity to thank the many members who have expressed their appreciation and thanks in relation to the progress we have made, as there has not been enough time to reply to all of these individually. But it means a great deal to us that the news has been uplifting to so many people in Croydon and it’s very encouraging that many are spreading the word as well supporting this initiative via their bookings.

We are well aware that two or three screenings a week at the David Lean does not constitute a fully re-opened cinema, but members clearly feel that it’s a dramatic improvement on none whatsoever, and our council contacts within Facilities and Interserve have emphasised that we are very welcome to expand the programme. We are trying a Saturday screening in May but obviously we will have to take ticket sales into account and hope that attendances don’t dip too much as we approach the summer, which happened at the Spread Eagle. Of course the other key factor is the size of our volunteer team, so if you would be interested in joining this and occasionally helping at screenings, let us know and one of our co-ordinators will contact you.

I attach our April flyer, but please read the text below regarding Basically, Johnny Moped if you have booked for this or would still like to. Note that seats for 12 Years a Slave are almost sold out, with only one available for the 2.30pm screening at the time that this message was sent.

As previously mentioned, the Arts Café/Bar will be open for refreshments an hour before screenings, with the team who run the Clocktower Café being involved. The future of this service will depend on there being a reasonable level of demand, so please support this if you would like to see it continue. You are welcome to use the Café/Bar irrespective of whether you are seeing a film. For a drink after a film, needless to say, the Spread Eagle is nearby!

Croydon Radio: 2.00 to 4.00pm today!
Janet Smith’s Croydon Arts Show on Croydon Radio, at 2.00pm this afternoon, will include a recorded interview with Fred Burns, director of Basically, Johnny Moped, talking about the film and our forthcoming ‘Croydon premiere’. If you don’t hear this live very shortly, you can easily do so later via the podcast: http://www.croydonradio.com

Launch film: Basically, Johnny Moped 2013 UK 77mins
Thursday 27 March and Friday 28 March at 7.30pm
Please note that at the time this update was sent, two seats that we were able to put back on sale were available for the Friday screening. The Thursday launch screening sold out within hours of going on sale, but now that the precise number of seats needed by our Moped guests is known, we can announce that three tickets will be put on sale at 9.00pm tomorrow, via TicketSource: http://www.davidleancroydon.ticketsource.co.uk/
We are mentioning this now, to give everyone wanting a ticket an equal chance. There’s a limit of one ticket per person.

If you are attending on the Thursday, please note that on this occasion, entrance will be via the doors at the base of the clock tower, rather than via the main library entrance. Doors open at 6.30pm and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine will be served. We expect our Johnny Moped guests to arrive before 7.00pm, so arrive early if you hope to meet them. At 7.30pm, there will be a brief launch ceremony involving the Worshipful the Mayor of Croydon, Johnny Moped and Captain Sensible. Don’t rush off afterwards as there will of course be an interview and Q&A featuring director Fred Burns, Johnny and the Captain. We much appreciate their support as although they have all appeared at Q&As at festivals or at other screenings, this will be the first time that they have all appeared together. Please note that this session will be filmed and as bonus for the Friday audience, we hope to be able to screen it after the film then.

May programme
We will provide full details of all these films soon, but we are announcing titles now as some members may like to know asap that there will be a chance to see them at the David Lean. Tickets will be on sale by Monday 7 April. Note that we are trying a Saturday afternoon screening and we hope to arrange more of these if it proves popular. All the Thursday films will be screened in the afternoon and evening as usual.
Thursday 1 May The Railway Man
Thursday 8 May Wadjda
Saturday 10 May Blue Jasmine (afternoon only)
Thursday 15 May The Invisible Woman
Thursday 22 May The Rocket
Thursday 29 May Dallas Buyers Club

Ticketing arrangements
Tickets for all screenings are £7.50. Concessions (Freedom Pass holders, full time students, claimants and disabled) £6. Bookings can be made:
Online: via our TicketSource pages. http://www.davidleancroydon.ticketsource.co.uk/
Telephone: ‘Phone 0333 666 3366 (a £1.50 charge applies, which covers any number of tickets). Note that this is specifically a Ticketsource service and staff cannot answer any queries unrelated to bookings.
In person:
Croydon Visitors Centre: near East Croydon Station (08.00-18.30 Mon-Fri and 09.00-17.00 Sat). Cash or card payments are accepted at CVC.
Croydon Clocktower: our Clocktower box office, located next to the Arts Bar, will be open for one hour before every film and tickets can be bought there for any film, subject to availability. This location is CASH ONLY.
All the above services close 2.5 hours before any particular film, with the exception of the Clocktower box office.
Wheelchair bookings: wheelchair places can be booked via all the above methods. If you wish to book a complimentary seat for a helper, please request this by emailing: savedavidlean@gmail.com

David Lean mugs now available
We finally have a new item of mechandise to add to our popular badges, of which over 300 have been sold. We have produced an attractive mug that features the image of David Lean from our logo, together with the words ‘DAVID LEAN CROYDON’. We will post a photo on our Facebook page soon. A limited stock will be available from our Clocktower box office on screening days and there’s a special launch price of £7 that will apply until the end of April.

Facebook and Twitter
Our Facebook page is a useful resource for anyone interested in the Campaign, with photo albums, scans of the latest press coverage, and screening reminders. http://www.facebook.com/LeanCampaign
For additional reminders and film-related news, follow us on Twitter: @SaveDavidLean