Your Favourite Nottinghamshire Spot of 2012
– Congratulations! You’ve been named Nottinghamshire’s top favourite place of 2012! How does it make you feel?
That’s fantastic news. It feels like a bonus little Christmas present. 2012 was a brilliant year for us. It has had its challenges but we’ve had a ball and shared it with lots of happy film fans and customers eating, drinking and generally being merry.
– Why do you think people love Broadway so much? Many people have mentioned how Broadway is much more than just a cinema.
I think people value our independent spirit and the atmosphere here. We do strive to be more than a cinema – our aims encompass charity and education work, encouraging and developing new talent and being an integral part of the creative culture in this brilliant city.
– You support the local community through working with charities and helping out local filmmakers and artists, can you tell us a little bit about that side of Broadway?
Broadway has a history of working with charities, organisations and individuals that reflect our beliefs so we regularly collaborate with the likes of Greenpeace, Ecoworks and Friends of Earth. We also have film festivals and seasons to raise awareness of issues around mental health, disability, diversity and human rights. We enjoy providing a platform for people who have something vital to say about important issues and supporting the wider community that Broadway belongs to. This extends to supporting creatives and film-makers by offering them work and office space in the building, supporting talent with resources and access to established film-makers. We’ll be doing much more of this in 2013 with projects in collaboration with the BFI and our ERDF-funded work so watch this space
– Broadway has seen many famous people through its doors. Who are the most special people to have sat in your plush seats?
We’ve had so many amazing people stop by – from international talent like Mr Tarantino bringing Pulp Fiction here straight from Cannes to more homegrown talent like Chris Morris and Armando Iannucci. We’ve had icons like Norman Wisdom stop by alongside great new talent. There’s so many to mention – I’d hate to choose one over anyone. Personally I recently saw John Cooper Clarke who was hilarious and so entertaining on stage, but when I met him I got totally starstruck and tongue-tied!
– Can you name any aspiring artists that used to visit Broadway before their big breakthrough?
One of my favourite stories is hearing about a young Samantha Morton sitting on our steps leafing through the Broadway brochure. We’re very proud to have been involved with the early careers of people like Shane Meadows of course. But we’ve worked with all kinds of up-and-coming creatives and artists – again almost too many to mention – from Jon Burgerman in the 90s to Sir Paul Smith coming here in the very early days and apparently being inspired by the clothes and tailoring in French and Italian films.
– Aside from Broadway, what is your favourite place in Nottinghamshire?
Is it too bad to pick two? If I’m out and about and the sun’s shining I love the boating lake at the University Park by Lakeside Arts Centre. But I have to say as a music fan (make that nerd!) my ultimate favourite place is The Music Exchange, Nottingham’s best record shop and a wonderful social enterprise that helps homeless charity Framework.
– A last word to all the people who picked you as one of their favourite places?
Thank you very much, it means a lot to us it really does. Thanks for all your support over the past year, we’ve loving having your bums on our cinema and Cafebar seats! And HAPPY NEW YEAR OF COURSE!!!!
Have you visited Broadway recently? Share your comments with us. If you haven’t yet visited, why not treat yourself to a night out at Nottingham’s most popular cinema? You can find the full programme of films at http://www.broadway.org.uk