Showroom Cinema in Sheffield reveals the 10 best films of 2021, including The French Dispatch and No Time to Die
Showroom Cinema was forced to close for over 12 months due to the lockdowns but the gradual return of its loyal audience throughout the second half of 2021 allowed the business to gradually resume.
While overall attendance was weaker in the months the Showroom Cinema was open last year (June to December), he said the top 10 films averaged more people per month than the top 10 in 2019. .
Big hits like Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, local hit story Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and James Bond blockbuster No Time To Die have drawn crowds, cinema bosses have said.
Showroom’s acting program manager Rose Butler said: ‘I think we found that in 2021 we had success with films like French Dispatch, Nomadland and Dune because they had such a lead. and such anticipation on delayed releases.
“This year we have already had success with other high-profile films such as Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza and Boiling Point, which stars Stephen Graham. And we look forward to major releases like Oscar-nominated Flee, which stars Riz Ahmed, and Operation Mincemeat starring Colin Firth in the months ahead.
“But it’s not just about the biggest names. The showroom is often the only place in the area where you can see many amazing and lesser-known films and discover something new that you love.
“We offer an independently curated programme, which means we can support smaller releases, up-and-coming directors and local filmmakers in ways that multiplexes cannot.
“Our diverse program of supporting films and events allows audiences to discover and explore contemporary and classic films from around the world and discover new voices in global cinema.”
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Attendance began to increase significantly in October
Showroom said the number of people in Sheffield supporting the city’s cultural businesses through their recovery from the impact of the pandemic and closures is on the rise, although attendance at many venues has yet to recover since 2019 .
Overall attendance in 2021 was lower than in 2019, but attendance started to increase significantly in October, before the Omicron surge. In January, when restrictions were expected to ease, attendance increased again, he added.
Alongside the support from film fans, Showroom has also received valuable funding from the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund to help it stay open and continue to screen cinema unavailable elsewhere in Yorkshire.
Ian Wild, CEO of Showroom Workstation, said: “The past few years have been difficult for the cultural industry in Sheffield. We are not out of the woods yet, but we are optimistic for this year.
“We are delighted with the program of fantastic films that we are preparing for 2022 and delighted to welcome back the friendly faces that make up our loyal audience who return to the Showroom.
“We understand that some people may be nervous about going out to the movies, but we want to assure people that we are going above and beyond government life safety requirements.”
Showroom Cinema’s 10 most popular films of 2021 were (in descending order): The French Dispatch; No time to die; Everyone is talking about Jamie; nomadic land; Dunes; The Mountaineer; The Green Knight; Gucci House; Last night in Soho; Limbo.