The results of research into public screening facilities across Scotland have been published in a report by Drew Wylie Ltd for Creative Scotland.
Providing the most comprehensive picture of film exhibitors in Scotland to date, 324 exhibitor locations have been identified, with 156 exhibitors responding to a detailed survey around facilities, access, and programming. The research presents information on the entire exhibition sector, including multiplexes, independent cinemas, multi-arts venues, community cinemas, festivals, film societies and clubs, and mobile and touring screening facilities.
A healthy sector is reported with stability in the number of exhibitors and growth in the amount of screenings and audiences. The research shows particular growth in the film society and festival sub-sectors. 60 film societies/clubs were recorded in 2016, compared to 35 recorded in the Study of Cinema Exhibition in Scotland for Scottish Screen (2005), and 69 festivals showing film were recorded through this research, compared to 11 in the 2005 report.
Pressures on operations, diversity of programming, geo-demographic gaps in provision, access, environmental accreditation and sustainability were cited by Drew Wylie as key concerns for the sector with specialist training, industry discussions, case studies and improved customer experience referenced as areas for development to ensure continued growth in the sector.
Findings from the research will be presented during an exhibition-focussed panel at Scotland’s Screen Summit on Wednesday 15 June 2016, and will support consultation with the sector through the Screen Sector Leadership Group.To read the full report please visit Creative Scotland's website.
Image: Vertical Cinema, Glasgow Short Film Festival, by Eoin Carey