Culture Matters #3: Cinema – new panel event announced!

Culture Matters is back!

Started by The State of the Arts in 2021, our panel series ‘Culture Matters’ explores the way different creative industries have changed over the past two years. Former events have covered art galleries and nightlife; now for our third instalment, we’re turning our attention to independent cinema.

Join us online for FREE on Monday 7th March @ 18:30 via our Eventbrite page!

Cinemas were hit hard by the pandemic. Between longer lasting restrictions and delays to major releases, local independent cinemas faced countless challenges and have seen their industry change immensely.

Now in 2022, with theatres reopened and the streaming wars raging on, what does the indie cinema landscape look like? 


We’ve enlisted an epic panel to discuss the state of local cinema, representing some of the North’s most valued venues and organisations…

Tony Mundin – The Savoy, Regal, Rex & Ritz cinemas

Tony Mundin’s family business is responsible for the running of several indie cinemas, including The Savoy in Stockport and The Rex in Wilmslow. These Mundin-owned venues are all former cinemas, closed down in the past and revived by Tony and his family, becoming popular community spaces in their own right.

Sally Folkard – Film Hub North

Sally Folkard is Strategic Manager at Film Hub North, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, run by HOME in Manchester and Showroom Cinema in Sheffield, made possible through National Lottery Funding.

FHN support the independent sector across the region providing funding, training and networking to the film exhibition sector and emerging filmmakers through their partnership with BFI NETWORK.

Sally and the team have provided support to the sector throughout the pandemic.

Wendy Cook –  Hyde Park Picture House

Hyde Park Picture House is one of the most popular local cinemas and cultural venues in Leeds. Head of Cinema Wendy Cook joins our panel, as the Picture House continues to treat Leeds residents to the best new mainstream and independent releases.

Michael Pierce & Monika Rodriguez – Scalarama

Michael and Monika are part of Cinema Nation, a CIC organisation based in Merseyside. Michael co-founded Scalarama, a September annual celebration of cinema that has reunited over 1000 film exhibitors over 11 years. Scalarama aims to be run collectively across the UK with Michael and Monika coordinating Merseyside. In recent years, Scalarama has exploded into different groups led by Nottingham, Leeds and Scotland.

Up for discussion…

  • Cinema audiences in 2022
  • Streaming, piracy and threats to the  physical movie-going experience
  • Widening access to independent cinema
  • How grassroots cinema fared through lockdown


And much more!

We’ll be providing breaks throughout for our audience to send questions into our panel of industry experts.

Our event will take place virtually on 7th March @ 18:30… To join our event, head to our Eventbrite page and sign up for FREE!