Lézignanais: cinema for all with Ciném’Aude

The departmental association Ciném’Aude celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. Created in 1982, this structure maintains its desire to bring the 7th art to the entire Audois territory between the management of twenty-two fixed rooms, à la carte sessions and innovative projects. For this winter, it is adapting the schedules of certain screening days in the hope of attracting more audiences to the theatre.

The Ciném’Aude team, with René Martinolle as president and Fabrice Caparros as director, strives to find more and more solutions so that cinema lives in rural areas. A policy carried out for 40 years with the ambition of quality both technically and artistically. But with the health crisis, the sector has been strongly impacted, the public having become accustomed to staying at home: “We are trying to find pre-Covid attendance and we are picking up ideas to bring the public back into the hall, that people come outexplains Fabrice Caparros. We have a lot of senior spectators and between the Covid and the feeling of insecurity, they are reluctant to go out at night during the winter because it gets dark early“.

Fabrice Caparros, director of Ciném’Aude.
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Advanced sessions during the day

To overcome the problem, Ciném’Aude has been setting up screenings at 3 p.m. on Sundays for the past two months: “We are experimenting with sessions scheduled earlier to see how the public reactsdetails the director. This schedule allows you to go home around 5 p.m.“. This novelty seems to be working rather well, attracting between 30 and 40 spectators at each meeting. A novelty, which will be extended to other days of the week by the end of January: “We keep Sunday at 3 p.m., which also allows working people to come and we will generalize the approach to open it up a little more to everyone, especially young people with a session on Wednesday afternoon which will go from 6 p.m. 15 hours“. Even if young people are more fond of big rooms with popcorn and drinks, Ciném’Aude thinks of middle and high school students in the city, some of whom are boarders: “They are not going home and they will be able to take advantage of this time to go to the Palace hall in the city center. In addition, we also plan to spend the Thursday session, from 6 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Jérôme Verdu, technical manager and projectionist brings cinema to the villages.
Jérôme Verdu, technical manager and projectionist brings cinema to the villages.

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The Ciném’Aude association celebrates its 40th anniversary in LimouxNote that for young people, a culture pass has been set up by the government via the Ministry of Culture. It can be found on the website of the regional directorate of cultural affairs (DRAC). It is aimed at young people from the age of 15 and its amount varies according to age: “250 places are purchased per month thanks to this system. This pass encourages young people to come to the cinema“, rejoices Fabrice Caparos. It must be said that young people are the spectators of tomorrow and this audience is particularly followed by Ciném’Aude, which participates in actions such as “College at the cinema”, school screenings or film concerts thanks to at the DRAC. The association is also a partner of the audiovisual cinema option offered at the Ernest-Ferroul high school: “We favor youth. For Christmas, nearly 3,000 children will have passed through our hands in the department. During public screenings, we rewatched a whole range of films for them

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Film screenings in the villages for the holidays.
Film screenings in the villages for the holidays.

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Normal hours will resume on sunny days. Free sessions for familiesSince the beginning of the holidays, sessions have been offered by the Intercommunality Lézignanaise. After Montbrun-des-Corbières, Luc-sur-Orbieu, Saint-Pierre-des-Champs and Saint-André-de-Roquelongue, it is the turn of other municipalities to benefit from this operation:tuesday 27 decemberat 2.30 p.m. in Fontcouverte (Santa and Co.) and at 2:30 p.m. in Canet-d’Aude ( pile);Wednesday, December 28at 10 a.m. in Roquecourbe (Santa and Co.) and at 2:30 p.m. in Ribaute ( pile);Thursday, December 29at 2.30 p.m. in Villerouge-Termenès (

Santa and Co.

); Friday February 24 (winter holidays, time and film to be defined) in Albas.

Lézignanais: cinema for all with Ciném’Aude