Cinemas in Britain are no longer the exclusive domain of the wealthy, but increasingly the public can expect to see a movie or two without having to worry about paying a premium for it.
That is the view of a new report which says that cinemas across the country are being forced to close as part of a government crackdown on the film industry.
“We’re seeing that a significant proportion of the cinemas are being closed,” says the director of the Royal Cinema Society, Alan McAllister.
“I think that we need to rethink what we mean by cinema and what it should be about.” “
There are now films being screened at cinemas where they’re not selling, they’re being used as a cheap substitute for cinema tickets, which is a problem.”
“I think that we need to rethink what we mean by cinema and what it should be about.”
Cinemas are still seen as a social gathering place for people to see films.
However, many cinemas in the UK now only accept cash for tickets, meaning there are now fewer theatres open.
In Scotland, the Scottish government is cracking down on the sale of tickets to cinemas, while in England, the Metropolitan police is cracking downs on the use of film theatres.
The BBC reports that there have been a record 13,000 recorded instances of people being arrested during the crackdown.
“What’s happening in the cinema is a complete and total failure to protect people’s rights,” says Mr McAllisters.
“If people want to go to a cinema, they can pay a deposit to see it, but they have to give a number to the cinema, so they can go in and see the movie.”
“The whole reason for the cinema in Scotland is the right to see the film, and we’re not going to have people who can’t.”
Cinema closures have long been part of the British film industry, and many cinemasyas have been forced to shut down in recent years as a result of a Government crackdown on film piracy.
This latest report suggests that the closure of cinemas is only a part of an overall crackdown on cinema in Britain.
“I’ve got to be honest with you, there’s been a lot of noise from a couple of the leading players in the industry in recent months, and I’ve got some very tough talk for them,” Mr Mcallisters says.
“They’ve got a huge amount of clout, and they’re saying, ‘look, we’re going to go into a state of emergency and we’ve got no choice, we’ve been threatened by these government agencies, we have to shut the cinema down, we can’t go in there any more’.” “They’re going after the very people who have made the films we love, the people who make films that are really good.”
The Royal Cinema Societies report says that cinema is increasingly being forced out of the public’s reach.
It says that while cinema attendance has been increasing, there are fewer theatls open.
It also says that in the last five years, there have also been a number of closures of cinemases in England and Wales, and a number in Scotland.
“We have been watching this for some time, and the fact that we’re now seeing a change in policy really is a good sign that cinema needs to get back to the basics,” says John McAlliers, the founder and CEO of the Society.
“Cinemas are a vital part of our culture, and people have to feel safe in their homes.” “
That’s not necessarily what you want in a society that is increasingly reliant on the public to be in control.”
“Cinemas are a vital part of our culture, and people have to feel safe in their homes.”
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