We can only function if enough people come forward to help with some of the administrative tasks. None are onerous, there is no long term commitment, tasks are rotated around those who volunteer, and they are designed to be many and small so that those who want can do different things each time.
As a token of thanks we offer
half price entry to films for active volunteers
tickets and sometimes travel to other community cinemas nearby
a free dinner each year just for volunteers and their partners
enhanced voting powers for film selection
We always have a good time and aim to offer as professional a service as possible. We adhere to a set of principles that spell out what both RCC and volunteers can expect of the relationship. See the job titles below to learn more about each role.
Sell hot and cold drinks and tasty treats
Sit by the door and control entry, taking payment and offering raffle tickets.
Discussion Group Lead
Encourages debate to enhance the experience by sharing opinions of various aspects of the film. Invites someone to act as scribe and write a short piece for our blog.
Gets information from the audience to help us put on a better show next time.
Tends the sick and takes control of people who become incapacitated. Responsible for maintaining the accident book.
Responsible for overall smooth operation of the show. Looks for problems and resolves them on the hoof.
Set out tables and chairs before the show then stack them away after.
Welcomes guests and helps ensure Covid precautions are adhered to. Encourages efficient car parking.
Master of Ceremonies
Introduces the programme and any speakers and draws the raffle.
The photographer takes shots of anything interesting: perhaps displays, speakers, audience, volunteers, food... Still shots and/or video are good and are posted in an album on the Cinema's Facebook page. These photography tips will help with better shots.
Responsible for all technical aspects of the show.
The Usher exists to ensure visitors do not leave empty seats as we come close to displaying the 'full house' sign. Working with the Greeter the Usher will show visitors where there are available seats. Also controls distribution of raffle prizes. Ensures main (not cubicle) toilet light is off when the film is showing.
Each Season (6 months)
Advertising & Sponsorship Team
Searches out sponsors and advertisers who would welcome the valuable opportunity of promoting their services to our lovely audience.
One of a team that delivers our brochure to houses in Rusthall and beyond.
Ensures films are ordered and received, licensing arrangements made, advertising delivered appropriately, trailer and shorts prepared. Prints and laminates posters before erecting them on poles a few days before the show then dismantles them after. Distributes fortnightly email newsletter. After the screening accounts for cash, pays bills, reports audience figures to licensor, and follows up feedback.
Assists infirm or nervous viewers by transporting them between their home locally and the cinema.
Devises and arranges a short program of entertainment before each show.
Our charitable aims require us to offer companionship and inclusion to those who otherwise may not feel part of our community. The Outreach supported identifies these people and assists them to join us.
Produces original artwork to adorn our advertising material.
Advertises each show using various social and print media and email messages. Ensure local pubs and cafes are well stocked with brochures.
Maintains film suggestions, compiles lists and invites votes, calculates winners, confirms licensing & media availability.
Matches up volunteers to tasks for each film.
Decorate the hall, and perhaps volunteers, appropriately for the film to give the audience an immersive experience to remember.
Members of our governing body ensure we continue operating according to our constitution, comply with Charity Commission regulations, comply with license requirements, and direct our long term strategy.
Sources and assembles audio and visual treats for the audience before the main feature begins.
If any (or all) of the above interest you please email Eugene@RusthallCinema.club and share your interest
Those who volunteer for each task are asked to rotate so that the task is shared equitably. Volunteers are asked to let the scheduler know at least a week in advance which films they will not be attending.