The cinema of Poix

From left to right: Nadine, Philippe and Valérie, volunteers from the Trianon association. (©The Awakening of Neufchâtel)

As for all cinemasthe Covid pandemic has done a lot of damage to attendance at the trianon. If the establishment of Poix-de-Picardie has been able to open for the past two years, the fear of being contaminated has driven a good number of spectators from dark rooms.

“Before the Covid epidemic, we were doing 30,000 admissions in one year. This year, we only made 15,000. explains Frank Gambet, volunteer for Le Trianon.

A rather enviable situation

Nevertheless, the situation remains to be nuanced. “We have not yet counted the entries for the month of December. For example, in just five screenings, the sequel to Avatar managed to attract 1170 viewers”.

For Frank Gambet, even if attendance has halved in two years, the Trianon still manages to keep its head above water, which is not the case for everyone.

“Our situation remains more enviable than that of certain large cinemas. The public is gradually coming back and we manage not to lose money”.

Frank Gambet

A diversified program

The Trianon owes its clientele to its large catalog of films. In addition to the classic programming, the cinema offers “art & essay” screenings as well as “cine-discoveries”. These special screenings only take place on Sundays, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. respectively. The cinema also broadcasts cycles “to review” in order to rediscover certain classics of the seventh art.

The Trianon also welcomes schools and colleges throughout the year as part of school outings. Three films are planned for kindergarten, primary and middle school students, making a total of nine different feature films.

Dedicated volunteers

The staff of the Trianon is made up exclusively of volunteers. Aged 24 to 85, they can be teachers, police officers, retirees and live in Poix, Croixrault or Amiens. These are eight teams of four to five people who take turns every Wednesday, at the start of the new film week.

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They receive their catalog of films from the GPCI (the Programming Group of Independent Cinemas). This Paris-based company makes it possible to act as a relay between distributors and small cinemas which could not do so unlike large brands such as Gaumont or Pathé.

The Trianon has existed since 1949 and the building belongs to the bishopric. But in order to be able to be subsidized by the State, which cannot financially help a private property, the Community of communes had to sign a emphyteutic lease (of very long duration) with the bishopric. The association then has a free hand to manage the cinema as they wish.

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The cinema of Poix-de-Picardie restarts with difficulty but surely