Because pop-upcinema.com is about you, the filmgoer, the pop-up cinema business owner, and those who want to rent a cinema for their own event (i.e. event planners, festival runners, fundraisers, educators and corporations) we are foregoing the traditional ABOUT US page.
These are the answers to the most commonly asked questions we get:
What is a pop-up cinema?
It is any temporary or mobile cinema that is generally set up at the beach, parks, roof-tops, school grounds, sports clubs, backyards, shopping malls, city centres, wine cellars – pretty much anywhere you can think of. Although to be fair we do include the traditional drive-in.
How did it all start for you?
The original Pop-Up Cinema business started hosting outdoor cinema events across South Africa. They soon discovered the power of “film” in bringing people together, educating, entertaining and inspiring. They also realized there was a lack of access to traditional cinemas so started manufacturing, selling and renting pop-up cinema screens across Africa. The founder has refocused to commit to this full-time to continue their vision to “take film out of the theatre and bring it to the people”. Not only do pop-up cinemas benefit audiences, but they create job opportunities and expand the reach of adjacent small businesses (food vendors, etc.).
Why did you evolve to a directory listing site?
As small business owners ourselves, we know firsthand how exhausting and costly it can be to reach an audience. And as filmgoers, it was really difficult to find local pop-up cinemas because Google can be tricky sometimes. As there was no global pop-up cinema directory site, it was obvious, we just had to create one. If you build it they will come.
How can a simple directory listing site make a difference?
Ahem, we’re no ordinary listing site – the awesome directory forms one part of the site and the rest is dedicated to supporting cinema business owners and those itching to bring the magic of the outdoor cinema experience to their communities. Here’s an explanation of why pop-up cinema owners should consider listing on the directory.
Who is on the team?
You are. Oh, you mean who works feverishly behind the scenes? We’re a cast of passionate creatives and analytical A-type personality wranglers. We have experience in a cross-section of business genres – event planning, business strategy, acting, producing, directing and writing films, communication, marketing, IT, AV, FOMO and so much more. The one thing we have in common is our love of people, film and biltong [that’s the local South African version of beef jerky for our North American readers].
What makes you “tick”?
Seeing pop-up cinema businesses succeed. Read some success stories here.
The faces of an entertained audience.
Community engagement and growth.
Has COVID-19 impacted the industry?
Yes, in a positive way! Pop-up cinemas are uniquely positioned to be able to comply with the health and safety rules and have opened doors of opportunity for communities in developed and developing countries. Not only does pop-up cinema bring hope and joy to people and screen time to films that might be forgotten, but it also CREATES JOBS. That’s why we have witnessed rapid growth in the market over the past year with more and more pop-up cinema companies emerging across the globe. The industry is forecast to grow at more than 19% to be valued at 1.97 Billion Dollars by 2025.
What are your plans for the future?
The sky’s the limit, wink wink nudge nudge, say no more! Expanding the directory, our support resources and building a global network of pop-up cinema businesses will mean we can start to explore group offers and discounts for members. And, we want to create an avenue for patrons to sponsor pop-up cinema entrepreneurs. Other things on our to-do list include cool new features for listing owners, advertising opportunities, translations, and naturally we will be looking to develop a mobile App.
How can someone start their own pop-up cinema business?
Thanks to new technology and the invention of the inflatable screen, owning your own pop-up cinema business has never been easier. Most screen suppliers will provide everything you need to host your own cinema events. Read more about how you can get started here.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION…
We’ve done our best to make it easy for filmgoers to find a pop-up cinema in your area to attend, for event organizers and party planners to find out where to rent equipment, and we can assist those who want to start their own pop-up cinema business.
Unlike A Few Good Men – we CAN handle the truth, if you cannot find what you are looking for or have any tips or stories that will benefit the pop-up cinema community, please let us know. We would love to hear from you.
If we haven’t answered your question here then FAQ us!