In addition to this, Sawston is the largest settlement in South Cambridgeshire, with a population of ca 7,500, and so having a cinema in Sawston provides a much-needed facility to serve the district and address, to a certain extent, the geographical imbalance in cinema provision. As well as providing a focus for young people’s leisure, it also caters for others with limited access to Cambridge, such as the elderly and those with disabilities. Furthermore, it is accessible, compared with cinemas in Cambridge, to families and those on low incomes as there are no expensive parking costs or bus fares to factor into a cinema visit.
With the support of the Cambridge Film Trust, the project to bring cinema back into operation in Sawston was completed at the end of 2008. The project was funded by the UK Film Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Awards for All, and some Parish Councils and, with this support, a new projection room was constructed and a new projector, screen and sound system installed. Today, Sawston Cinema is run by young people from the school and local volunteers, and screenings are programmed regularly throughout term time.
Tony Jones, Director of the Cambridge Film Trust
Sawston Cinema continues to maintain its close connection with the Cambridge Film Trust and, through this, has become a rural venue for the Cambridge Film Festival. At the same time, at Sawston Cinema Club, young people from the school engage enthusiastically in filmmaking, regularly screening their own films at the cinema too. More recently, Sawston Cinema has had a satellite dish fitted on the roof of the building and has also started screening productions live from the National Theatre in London and other venues, in addition to its regular screening programme.
So, if you haven’t yet been to a screening at Sawston Cinema, we invite you to come along and join us, to enjoy the unique experience we offer.