06 Technical and equipment
Information on technical bodies and organisations that loan and hire cinema equipment.
ICO technical resources
If you want to hold a non-theatrical screening but aren’t sure how to pull off a successful event, read our How to project films for beginners guide.
If you’re keen to open a theatrical venue, read Chapter 8: Technical and Equipment Issues (in our How to start a cinema guide) which offers in-depth information on all technical aspects of cinema screenings.
Technical Skills for Digital Exhibition
Our Tech Skills scheme is a fantastic way to get bespoke technical advice for your venue. A technical expert in your region will visit your venue and give you the tailored advice you need, with recommendations you can apply instantly. Read more.
UK technical bodies
A number of technical bodies in the UK offer training and support to film exhibitors.
International Moving Image Society (formerly BKSTS) a membership organisation for individuals employed in the technical areas of film, television, sound, or related industries. It offers members opportunities to learn the latest techniques through master classes, presentations, seminars, training courses and special events.
Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) is the leading UK charity for people working behind the scenes in the film, cinema and television industries, covering all aspects of film from pre-production to exhibition. The CTBF offers practical and financial assistance to those who have worked in a paid position within the industry in the UK for at least two years and who have been affected by illness, bereavement, accident or unemployment.
In addition to the above, there are a number of organisations who loan or hire cinema equipment.
- Cinema For All run an Equipment Hire Scheme open to community cinemas and film societies. It offers short-term access to low-cost equipment and voluntary technical support. They also offer technical advice and support.
- Future Projections offers a range of cinema equipment for hire, including DCI Digital Cinema kits.
- The Lost Picture Show a vintage travelling picture palace that provides indoor and outdoor event-based cinema. It’s also available for hire.
- Lumen is an artistic audio visual organisation which offers audio visual equipment hire and projectionists specialising in complex, unconventional technical requirements (such as temporary installations in public spaces).
- Proscreens offers projection equipment (including 16mm and 35mm) and screen hire for a wide range of events including mobile cinema and outdoor screenings.
- Skylight Cinema specialises in the hire of mobile outdoor cinema equipment.