The following list should help answer some of the frequently asked questions. If you can't find the answer you're looking for, please get in touch from our Contact page. We're always happy to receive any feedback you have - be it good or bad! So if there's anything you want to know - just ask!
Q1: Why a Cinema?
To Appeal to Everyone
We thought a cinema is a fun way of bringing local people together who enjoy watching great films closer to home.
Q2: I went to a 'Village Cinema' once - and it was rubbish. What makes this one different?
It's the Real Thing
We aim to provide the same quality cinema experience as commercial cinemas, but at an affordable price and accessible to everyone. And besides, doesn't it make it a bit more fun when the projectionist gets annoyed with the remote control, and people have to run up and down to the attic to get the ice-cream in the mid-film interval?
Q3: What happens to the money?
All Profits Go To Charity
After the cinemas operating costs are covered, all profits will be donated to local charities that will be chosen by Shere Village Cinema Association members. So far, we have donated over £5,000 to charities in the local area.
Q4: Who are the Shere Village Cinema Association?
Friends with a Vision
We're a group of people from around the area - and our committee meetings are held in the White Horse pub about once a month. To get in touch, or if you'd like to join us, send us a message through the website.
Q5: How often do you show films?
Twice a Month
We started off with a showing for children and a showing for adults, once a month. But as demand increased, we now show films on the first Thursday and third Sunday of each month.
Q6: Is it expensive?
No - We Hope Not!
Unlike commercial cinemas, it won’t cost an arm and a leg. Adult tickets are £5 and child tickets are £3.50. You can pay by Paypal, Credit Card or Debit Card online, or in person at the Crumbs bakery (Lower Street, Shere) or Ye Olde Sandwiche Shoppe (Middle Street, Shere).
Q7: Can anyone use the equipment?
The equipment can be used by other organisations, free of charge, as long as they're also not-for-profit and have received a very brief training session on how everything works. One of our "trained projectionists" (well, they know how to plug it all together and turn it on and off) will be delighted to help you set it up and pack away.
Q8: Who gets to choose the films?
We're open to any suggestions and we’ll let you know in advance of the choices. Check out our website and send us a message if there’s a film you really want to see.
Q9: Who chooses the charities that benefit from the profits?
The members of the Shere Village Cinema Committee choose at the beginning of each year. If you have suggestions for a deserving, local charity - or would like to apply for next year, get in touch via the Contact page.
Q10: Why don't you show some of the classics, like 'Casablanca'?
That's a Tricky One
We hope you find our selection varied - but sometimes there’s a difference between what people say they want to see, and what they’re actually prepared to pay for. Our general principle is to try and select films which are current, haven’t been on TV and will appeal to as many of you as possible. However, use the link we have on our Home Page to suggest a film ... we'd love to hear from you.
Q11: If I have paid for a film, but can't make it, can I get a refund?
Follow Your Own Moral Compass ...
If you wish to cancel your booking because of, for example, last minute changes to your schedule, or you change your mind, we would generally hope that you would not request a refund. We are a charitable not-for-profit organisation, after all, and we are keen to ensure we do a good service for our community. However, if you feel that you have had to cancel for extraordinary reasons, and would that it is appropriate and fair to request a refund, then feel free to do so and we will gladly arrange it. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or alternatively, contact us through the website here.
Q12: Will the film schedule change?
We try to plan as far ahead as possible so you know what's coming soon to the cinema. However, due to technical or logistical reasons, we may need to amend the schedule accordingly. Consequently, we do reserve the right to change the scheduled films and/or the screening dates.