So as it was the Oscars in Hollywood last night, what better time to take a look at cinemas inside pubs?

Big screens in pubs used to mean one thing only – you can watch the game here. But these days some pubs are using their screens to double as cinemas, giving punters the chance to watch their favourite films in a communal environment.

The UK cinema scene is in rude health. 2018 was a record breaking year with 177 million cinema visits recorded. According to the UK Cinema Association, after a bumper summer in 2019, those figures could potentially be surpassed

But with just 775 cinemas in the UK, there are plenty of people in rural locations who do not live near a big screen, and plenty more who prefer an experience that a pub can offer.

We caught up with three pubs that run cinema nights of their own to see how they get the film fans in for movies and more.

 

SCREEN 1 THE MORDEN ARMS GREENWICH, LONDON • STARRING CLIVE REFELL

 

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It was a collective of customers at south London freehouse The Morden Arms who decided that midweek nights could be jazzed up with the introduction of movies. This adds it to a programme of entertainment that also includes open mic, quiz nights and, well, jazz.
Clive Reffell, a customer who looks after the pub's marketing and social media, says: "We've started low key and it is just a way of making more of those quiet nights.
"We've shown some old silent movies like Laurel and Hardy and the James Cagney movie The Public Enemy, projecting them from a laptop
"It's on in the main bar and popcorn and choc ices are provided as well.
"It's brought some more people in and it is something we hope will grow over time."

 

SCREEN 2 THE BOOT FRESTON, SUFFOLK • STARRING DAMON JEFFREY, CO-OWNER

 

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The Boot at Freston was derelict for the best part of a decade before the new owners lovingly brought it back to life. As part of its new lease of life an outbuilding was converted into a 16-seater community cinema, or The Freston Kino to give it its proper name.
It shows a variety of films from kids' movies, to premiers of works by local students, documentaries, DVDs brought in by customers and even live sport.
Owner Damon Jeffery explains: "We live in a rural community and people do not always want to venture into town to watch a film. We got cinema seats from Southwold, Great Yarmouth and Paris for it and spent £7,000 on a quality projector as well as having a screen fixed to the wall, so it is an authentic cinema experience.
"It wasn't cheap but we did get a grant of £1,000 from Pub is the Hub to help with the cost.
"It is not something we have done to make a quick return on but it does bring different people into the cinema and then into the pub as well."
The Kino is available for private hire and has seen groups as diverse as children's parties, stag and hen dos and couples on their own book it out.
Damon continues: "It is used a lot and we try to keep things as flexible as we can. We provide a bar snacks menu, popcorn and bags of sweets. People have even had full sit down meals while watching the film."

 

SCREEN 3 POTTERS NEWPORT, WALES • STARRING EMMA GORVETT, GENERAL MANAGER

 

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Potters takes a different approach to cinema, working with a charity to bring a series of summer screenings to customers from its roof terrace.
Last summer it screened three singalong movies on Monday nights: Mamma Mia!, Mamma Mia! Here we Go Again and Bohemian Rhapsody. It also had a fourth event with Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy taking centre stage.
Tickets were priced at £10, which included a bag of popcorn with funds raised going to the Gwent Wildlife Trust.
Manager Emma explains: "A customer came to us and we thought it was a great idea and something else to do on a Monday night. We did it on the roof terrace which has a capacity for around 70.
"It went well and is something we would do again, but it has to be in the summer or it can get too cold up there."