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Flix On Verge Of Collapse

February 21, 2013 · Harry Cunningham

One of  Loughborough Students’ Union’s oldest and most prestigious societies is on the verge of collapse unless it can raise £15,000 by Easter.

Flix, LSU’s student cinema is looking for donations from students, staff and members of the public to help cover the cost of a new digital projector.

From the end of March all major film distributors will stop producing releases in the traditional 35 millimetre format compatible with the projector currently owned by the society. As a result Flix must find the £15,000 needed for a new projector.

Sophie Sanders, Societies Federation President, was asked about the issue at tonight’s Union Council and explained that she is currently in discussion with Andy Parsons (Union Director) and Owen Morgan the Head Projectionist at Flix to arrange a meeting to discuss how they can best support the Society.

Sanders told The Epinal this evening:

“Flix is one of many incredible societies I have the pleasure of supporting in my role as Societies Federation President this year. I have visited them as part of my Challenge 60 and helped sell tickets to a sell out performance of The Dark Knight.

“I will do everything I can to make sure this society, just like every other society, has the support it needs in order to continue being an asset to the section.”

The society, which was founded in 1975 and won society of the year in 2008/9 and 2009/10, is asking students to log onto their Just Giving page where they can donate an amount of their choosing. Alternatively, students can also now text ‘Flix66′ followed by the amount they wish to donate to 70070.

Flix projectionist and webmaster Alex Olivier said:

“The society has been run by literally hundreds of students over the six decades, and no one wants to see it go. Having been on committee for my three years here, the thought of being on the last ever committee of such a long running institution would be crushing, hence our appeal for help, sponsorship and donations.”

As well as offering screenings of the most recent releases from Skyfall and The Dark Knight Rises to Madagascar 3 for as little as £3, Flix also showcases many foreign films for free with the sponsorship of Santander on Thursday evenings. Argo is showing on Sunday February 24 at 5.30pm and 8.30pm.

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  • Penny

    This may be an obvious question – but if we donate to the JustGiving page and the target isn’t reached, what happens to the donations? Are they returned? I think a lot of people would donate to save Flix as cinema is so expensive in town, but it needs a better co-ordinated campaign with suggested donations by a certain percentage of students to show us how feasible it is to save, and clarification on the outcome of money raised if it does then close.

  • Not the Union

    The union has this in surplus. Give them a zero interest loan! – they’ve been around 37 years so far, they can pay it back over time.