We’re thrilled to be working with event cinema experts CinemaLive in bringing Handel’s Messiah from Bristol Old Vic to cinemas across the UK and Ireland. This dramatised production, in cinemas for one night only (Wednesday 28th March 2018), retells the Easter story in a striking new way.
John Travers is Head of Distribution at CinemaLive. He has over 17 years experience in the cinema industry, working both as an exhibitor and distributor of films and events. He was a founding board member of the Event Cinema Association.
We spoke to him about bringing Messiah to a cinema screen near you.
Hi John, thanks for speaking with us! Event cinema is something that really seems to have taken off in recent years. Can you tell me a bit about CinemaLive’s vision for what you do, and what you’ve got to offer?
JT: Our goal is to provide audiences worldwide with access to premium events at their own local cinema. There are so many great events that for various reasons people can’t attend – some events sell out fast, like this production of Messiah. Sometimes people can’t make performance dates, or afford the cost of tickets or travel.
We feel there’s an audience out there that wants to experience these things, and we choose events – regardless of genre – that appeal beyond the confines of the venue.