Cinema at the Tree House Bookshop

by Victoria Mier in Kenilworth, England, United Kingdom

Cinema at the Tree House Bookshop
We did it
On 7th September 2019 we successfully raised £1,227 with 46 supporters in 28 days

We are a second-hand bookshop and live music venue, and would like to be a community cinema too!

by Victoria Mier in Kenilworth, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The initial target is not the whole amount we will need, but we may be applying for a grant and would like to be able to match what we are asking for.  Our target is in fact more than half, but if we can raise funds from those who will be using our Film Club, we think that is better.  This way we leave more grant money available to other community projects, and share the funds around.  The full amount we need is £1722 for the installation, though we will also need a licence; Kenilworth Arts Festival is giving us a generous donation, as we host events - including films - for them, but to raise as much as we can through people buying membership seems a good thing.


Wow, a new little cinema for Kenilworth!  See how amazed Jimmy, Cary and Katharine are. 

The Tree House has been open as a second-hand bookshop and live music venue for six years, and is now well-established as part of the lovely town of Kenilworth.  We aim to bring people together through the arts - mostly books and music, but we would like to add film to this!  The Talisman Theatre shows films, and there are  films for children at the Kenilworth Centre run as Abbey Cinema, but there is definitely scope for more, in terms of both frequency and the type of films shown.  The  nearest arts cinema is closed for two years, and we are frequently asked about whether we show films.  We would like to show especially old Hollywood and British classics, world cinema and slightly more obscure films, but there is obviously flexibility to show a range of films.

We would therefore like to raise funds to install AV equipment - a projector, screen and speakers, connected to a DVD player and laptop, which we could also use for lectures (such as our current art talks) and presentations as well as regular films.

This will also be of great benefit to our regular art lectures, so if you would like to pledge to attend those instead, there are separate rewards listed.

We would like to show films at least twice a month.  Films will be shown mostly on Fridays, but occasionally on other days too, including Sunday afternoons.

All of the money will be used to buy equipment and pay for installation.  We already have a company who can do this for us, we just need the funds!  If we raise more than we need, we will use the extra to purchase a licence for showing films, and to purchase films to show.  All money raised will go directly to the film club in one way or another.  If we don't reach our goal, your pledge will be refunded.  If we exceed it by a lot, we will look at buying more furniture to make it an even better experience!

NOTE: if you wish to join the film club, use the Reward options rather than the straightforward donation buttons that appear first.  ALSO: if you choose not to display your name by your donation, I can't see who has pledged for film club membership.  Hopefully this will be made clear when I am sent the final info at the end of the crowdfunder, but I will post an update then if I don't have details for those who have pledged.

I have put 1 October as fulfilment date, but I don't yet know when the work will be done.  If you pledge for a film membership option, rather than a straight donation, you will be informed as soon as the equipment is installed and the Club is ready to begin.  I am hoping it will be in October, but this is not yet certain.

So if you would like to have regular film nights in Kenilworth - we are hoping to show films twice a month - do consider supporting our fundraiser.  


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Entry to one film at the Film Club.

£5 or more

£5 Reward - one month's membership

One month's membership of the Film Club. (There is already a £5 reward, I should have included a whole month's membership, and can't edit as there has been a pledge! But anyone pledging £5 gets a month's film club membership.)

£10 or more

£10 Reward

2 months' membership of the Film Club, or, if you are not local but would like to support the project, you will receive our heartfelt gratitude!

£10 or more

Art lectures: £10 reward

Admission to one art lecture of your choice, at any time.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

3 months's film club membership.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

4 months' film membership.

£20 or more

Art lectures: £20 Reward

Admission to two art lectures of your choice, at any time.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

6 months' membership of the Film Club.

£30 or more

Art lectures: £30 reward

Admission to three art lectures of your choice, at any time.

£50 or more

6 of 10 claimed

£50 Reward

12 months' membership of the Film Club and your choice of one film to be shown in the first year.

£50 or more

Art lectures: £50 reward

Admission to six art lectures of your choice, at any time.

£150 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£150 Reward

Lifelong membership of the Film Club, and a choice of 6 films that we would show in the first two years.

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