Culture with Robert Bound

How do you run an independent cinema?

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28 March 2016

Episode 233

30 minutes

We celebrate the heroes of the silver screen: no, not Batman or Indiana Jones but the people who run the independent cinemas that make going to the movies such a wonderful experience. We take a tour around one of east London’s finest, Rio Cinema, and head to New York to find out about its new establishment Metrograph. Plus: in Bangkok we find out about Scala, one of the few indie cinemas still active in the city.

28 March 2016

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Rio Cinema, east London

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Rio is one of the most famous and beloved independent cinemas in London. The unassuming high-street building is beautiful in a historical way, has great listings and better prices – and yet it’s always under “commercial pressures”. Robert Bound meets director Oliver Meeks to find out how he runs Rio.

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Metrograph, New York

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Metrograph is a beautiful brand new independent cinema in Manhattan. Megan Billings heads over to meet the founder and designer Alexander Olch.

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Scala, Bangkok

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We travel to the megacity of Bangkok, home to some of the plushest multiplex cinemas in the world. Pre-film buffets and reclining armchairs are the norm at the city’s copious VIP theatres. So how does an independent cinema survive in a society where the new and glitzy tend to trump the old? Reporter Preeti Jha heads to the beloved Scala in downtown Bangkok to discover how Southeast Asia’s best standalone cinema is holding its own.

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