Cinema Manager of the Month: Kinema in the Woods

Kinema in the WoodsForeword by Adam Brannon. I’m searching for unusual cinemas across the country. Picture houses that offer something a little different than what our biggest chains give their customers. Philip Jones, manager of Kinema in the Woods in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire spoke to me about his role and what makes his establishment so special.

I was lucky enough to be invited by Philip to Kinema to attend a screening of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming war epic, Dunkirk. You can read about my experiences right here on Movie Metropolis next weekend.

In the first article of this series, I visited the Moonlight Drive-In whilst it visited Hull. It goes to show if you look hard enough, there are some great cinemas out there offering something completely unique.

Philip Jones Kinema in the Woods1) How long have you been working at Kinema?

I started working at The Kinema in 2004 as a part time projectionist. Over the years I took on more responsibility, becoming Assistant Manager in 2006. Following this I progressed to General Manager and in 2013 when the previous owner was retiring I jumped at the opportunity to take the reins.

2) What can people expect at Kinema?

People coming to watch a film at The Kinema can expect a traditional cinema-going experience complete with original fixtures and fittings including stage curtains, comfortable plush seating and even a Compton Cinema Organ.

3) Tell us a little of the cinema’s history.

The Kinema started out life as a sports pavilion for one of the local hotels which later burnt down. In 1922 in came into the ownership of a local weathly landowner, Lady Weigall. She, together with a gentleman called Major Allport, took it upon themselves to provide a cinema for the village of Woodhall Spa and The Kinema In The Woods was born! The first film shown was Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Kid‘ on September 11th 1922.

Kinema in the Woods screen

4) One we ask everyone, what’s your favourite film?

My favourite film is probably Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Prestige‘ which stars Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman.

5) Another one we ask everyone, favourite cinema snack?

Definitely toffee popcorn!

6) What has been your best moment?Kinema in the Woods organ

There’s been so many great moments. The classic Christmas shows we do are probably my favourite time of year as everyone is in such good spirits and has a great time – especially when Father Christmas comes to visit!

7) What are the site’s plans for the future?

We’re looking at expanding the car park and possibly adding a third screen in the next few years.

8) What feature makes your establishment stand out?

I think as well as our history and longetivty it is really the staff that keep people coming back. Everyone who visits is warmly welcomed and we get lots of nice comments about how friendly the staff are here.

I’d like to thank Philip for taking time out of his busy schedule to talk to me about his incredible cinema. If you know of or run any unusual cinemas around the UK, drop me a message or leave a comment in the box below. Who knows, your establishment might feature next.

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