Understanding the impact of event cinema

Digital cinema has opened up opportunities for alternative forms of content to be shown in cinemas, including live streaming or relay of recorded performances of arts events. There has been a rapid growth in the exhibition of this content in recent years, with the format now commonly referred to as “event cinema‟. In this context Arts Council England and the British Film Institute jointly commissioned this research to improve understanding of this emerging sub-sector and consider impact on the broader arts and cultural sectors. The research was exploratory, aiming to identify and where possible obtain relevant data that exists to describe event cinema, undertake brief consultation with key stakeholders to complement the data and to produce a narrative report to set the scene and help direct any subsequent studies.

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