Arts Bar Role Description
Duties and Responsibilities You will perform an important role as the public face of the Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign before a film screening, ensuring that our customers have an enjoyable and positive experience. Our volunteers are vital in enabling films to be shown at the David Lean Cinema.
- Preparing the arts bar and equipment ready for service
- Welcoming patrons in the arts bar area
- Serving drinks and snacks
- Taking payment and recording sales
- Being aware of hygiene requirements and care of equipment
- Clearing away when patrons have gone into the cinema
- Being vigilant at all times, with regard to the safety and security of customers, colleagues and yourself and reporting problems quickly and clearly
Time Commitment Opportunities for the arts bar exist during evening screenings as per the film programme. Film times are usually 7.30. Volunteer arts bar staff should arrive by 6.15 at the latest to set up and be ready to serve at 6.30. Once the patrons go into the film you will do all the necessary clearing away and storing of equipment.
Desirable Qualities Experience of working with the public, experience in food service and an interest in film are useful. You need to be reliable, punctual, friendly and polite. Volunteers must wear an identifying David Lean t-shirt.
Arts bar volunteers will be given training, which will cover all necessary information relating to the role. New staff shadow the role with an experienced volunteer during their initial shifts.
How does it work? Our Volunteer Co-ordinators ask volunteers for their availability on a monthly basis and most do 1 or 2 sessions a month. Sometimes a volunteer is unable to come for their duty, for a variety of reasons, and then the person doing the monthly schedule will contact others who were available and ask if they could fill in.
What to do now? If you would like to become part of the team, simply click on “Contact Us” in the website menu and give us some details about yourself including your phone number and the role you are interested in. Please include “Volunteers” in the subject line. We’ll get back to you.
A United Kingdom inspired glowing feedback from Thursday’s patrons and two more screenings added on 8 February should make it our biggest success since Suffragette. But it’s not widely- known that this remarkable true story has a local connection, apart from director Amma Asante (also responsible for Belle) coming from Streatham. Read More…..
It was good to see patrons welcoming the Campaign-run Arts Café Bar, launched on Tuesday. It will now open an hour before every evening screening. The photo features Teresa behind the bar – one of our new volunteers providing this service. We hope to extend this facility in due course and will keep you informed. Read More……
We have a varied programme of films for you to enjoy between Christmas and New Year. The one title not listed in our update is The Bolshoi Ballet, which has now sold out. Patrons sometimes ask about the availability of returned tickets in such cases. With this in mind, we are piloting a new service to notify people of returned tickets. Patrons will need to let us know their requirements for possible returns via email. More details here. And of course if you cannot make a screening, do let us know. Refunds are available up to 72 hours, as outlined here. —- Read More……………
With Croydon’s Tech City described as “the Silicon Valley of South London”, it’s fitting that our next film is Werner Herzog’s intriguing documentary Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World. This takes a thought-provoking look at the pervasive impact of the Internet. “Just the kind of percolating, wry probe we need into this fast-moving, digitally monopolizing age” (Los Angeles Times). Read More……
We’re expecting a record number of ‘Babes in Arms’ at Tuesday’s screening of Bridget Jones’s Baby – that’s in addition to the one on the screen! This is partly due to our friends at the National Childbirth Trust’s Croydon Group who have arranged a get-together for mums at the Green Dragon in Surrey Street afterwards. Read more………..
The Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, has made showcasing the borough’s cultural scene one of his priorities, and we very much appreciated his participation in our September screening to celebrate the David Lean once again having a full 68 seats. We will be donating the profits from the 1430 showing of A Street Cat Named Bob on 15 December to the Mayor’s chosen local charities: The Stanley People’s Initiative; Croydon Commitment and The British Home. Read More……………
As we approach December, The David Lean Cinema has a jam-packed schedule offering a total of 13 films, which is a record number. There are a wide range of genres showing including; animation, drama and documentaries. Not forgetting the additional screenings of the hugely popular I, Daniel Blake and Swallows and Amazons. We hope you feel spoilt for choice. Read More………
We are delighted to inform you that the David Lean Cinema has won the Croydon “Local Culture” section of the ‘Time Out’ Love London Awards for 2016.
Thank you to everyone who voted and considered us worthy of this prestigious award. Your support will be of great help both with increasing the awareness of the campaign and providing publicity for the cinema. Read More
Following the tram incident near Sandilands on the morning of Wednesday 09 November, the Council have informed us that they need to use the Braithwaite Hall and the David Lean Cinema premises as temporary accomodation/meeting rooms for friends and family involved in the incident. The two screenings of “Ingrid Bergman, In Her Own Words” has therefore had to be postponed until 30 November. Tickets for both screenings on 10 November will be valid for the appropriate screening on 30 November. Requests for refunds or other issues should be sent via the Contact Form on this website unless you have had previous communication via phone or email with us and the matter is already in hand.