The ICO is widely acknowledged as the leading consultancy service for establishing and growing cinemas. The ICO offers a fee-based consultancy service to cinema operators, individuals, business people, arts organisations, local authorities, interest groups and others looking to develop a new independent cinema or assess and improve an existing one.
Our recent work helping cinemas establish, develop and grow includes:
- The Empire Cinema in Holyhead was due for closure, but, after ICO consultancy with the town council, is now a major community asset with over 43,000 admissions a year, with plans to open a second screen. The ICO was able to provide business strategy, audience development and technical advice to the Empire.
- Saffron Screen in Saffron Walden was set up following a feasibility study by the ICO. As the cinema has grown over the last ten years, the ICO has continued to consult on development plans as they plan to open a new site with two to three screens.
- ICO consultancy helped The Wotton Electric Picture House develop a business plan that has allowed the cinema to continue and grow as a community asset, with increased screenings, higher visitor numbers and streamlined marketing.
In recent years, the ICO has carried out consultancy in the following areas:
- audience research and audience development: understanding who your audience and their behaviour; developing strategies for how to increase attendance and diversity of audiences
- business planning: how to make your business more sustainable, understand business threats and develop new routes to profitability
- film programming: how to change your approach to your film selection to grow audiences
- technical advice: converting a space into a cinema, adding a second screen, understanding technical considerations.
- organisational review
- cinema development and feasibility studies
The fees charged are based on a daily rate of £400 + VAT.
We also offer a shorter One to One Consultancy service, which is useful for assisting and resolving smaller issues. Click here to find out more.
If you have a project that you would like to discuss with us, please contact David Sin | firstname.lastname@example.org | 020 7079 0475.
If you are seeking advice to develop a new cinema, we recommend that you first read How to start a cinema, the step-by-step guide to planning and operating an independent cinema.
The ICO is funded by the BFI to provide free advice to Film Societies.