Big screen – It is urgent to reconnect with the Étoile Palace cinema in Vichy (Allier)

The big screen sees black since the Covid, locally in Vichy, as well as nationally. Entries did not ride the wave of the heat wave. No chilling of spectators who generally shunned the halls of the Etoile Palace this summer.
Also, attendance continues to fall. From January to the end of August, the cinema recorded 121,515 admissions, of which only 14,176 admissions were for films classified as art essays.

It’s high time to rediscover the pleasures of the big screen at the Étoile Palace in Vichy (Allier)

33% less attendance

“Result: 33% less attendance compared to a year without covid, Vichy cinema follows the national trend. This also leads to a drop in turnover in the same proportions, underlines Jules Amossé, director. The return to the room is difficult. There were no locomotive films this summer. And moviegoers are almost absent. Our goal for 2022 was 230.00 entries (280.000 before covid) we will try to reach 200.000. »
In short, a combination of multiple factors that can permanently erode the 7th art. In addition, in Vichy, the hailstorm in early June did not spare the Étoile Palace, which is awaiting answers from the experts to carry out work in the rooms and in the corridor. But the Etoile group is determined to hold the helm in Vichy. For this, it will have to take the investment stage to be more attractive. And the Vichy team must always be more innovative, particularly in terms of entertainment. Hence the hiring, since this summer, of Julie, in charge of cultural mediation.

Today, we must work more and better for fewer spectators

Jules Mosse ( Director of the Etoile Palace)

“We are going to have to improve the experience in the room (changes of seats and room decoration under study), upgrade our projection systems by switching to laser (improvement in image quality and reduction of more than 50% in consumption electrical). We will continue our efforts to diversify programming offers. And a reflection on the tariffs is in progress. But it should be noted that with the subscription card, adults have 7 months to use 10 places at €6.50 (non-personalized card). »
Not inclined to give up, despite the difficulties, Jules Amossé affirms: “today, we have to work more and better for fewer spectators. The team remains optimistic and willing to try to give the best possible cinema experience! »
To bring the viewer back, a film program is not enough, you have to add entertainment and enhance the film by hosting directors, actors, themed conferences, etc. Also, for 2022-2023, this concept of the Étoile Palace will result in monthly appointments in addition to the normal programming with entertainment.

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And always… on the cinema program

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Cinema club. At least one weekly proposal of an arthouse or original film, theme evenings and a documentary window per quarter. Coming Leila and her brothers week of September 14 and With love and determination week of September 21.
The little movie buffs. One or two films per month for the little ones with animation
Operas. Live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York
Theater. Live or delayed from the Comédie Française

Gigs. Coldplay on October 29 and Indochine on November 24.
Special evening. Avatar from September 21 to October 2; hunter games
Vichy box office. top gun 7,221 entries; Retirement home 6.198; Minions 2.5840.
Art & Essai, only two films exceed 1,000; In Body 1,751 and young lovers 1.008

Vintage movies, Japanese anime, horror and sagas

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For 2022-2023, the Étoile Palace is offering monthly appointments.

Vintage appointments. See or re-watch classic or heritage films at the cinema (Let’s sing in the rain ; full metal jacketetc).
Dojo meetings. Japanese anime in the cinema. Focus on Studio Ghibli creators of Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro by director Miyazaki.
Freaky Fridays. Horror, horror or genre films. Coming soon, in the presence of the film crew, The blood rose.
Marathons. A marathon per month, on Saturday with films from a saga. The Hunger Games Mockingjay, October 22. €5 per seat, entertainment and prizes to be won.
Conferences. Introduction to Korean cinema by Charlotte Camatte.

Upcoming movies in September and October

A great race By Christian Carion with Line Renaud and Dany Boon. September 21.
Avatar 1 By James Cameron. 3D and 2D projection. September 21.
Without Filter By Ruben Östlund Palme d’Or at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. September 28.
November By Cédric Jimenez with Jean Dujardin, Anaïs Demoustier, Sandrine Kiberlain, Jérémie Renier… October 5
dragon ball super hero Japanese animated film. October 5
simone By Olivier Dahan with Elsa Zylberstein October 12

Charity evening. With AcDçU. Screening of the documentary of their tour Iit’s a long way to the top and a capella songs friday october 14e at 8:30 p.m. Information will be given on the oncological pediatrics department of the Estaing hospital center in Clermont-Ferrand. As the benefits of this charity evening (entrance €10) will be donated to the Les Sourires d’Estaing association.

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Big screen – It is urgent to reconnect with the Étoile Palace cinema in Vichy (Allier)