Spectators have been shunning the Crécy-en-Ponthieu cinema since the start of the year

Morgane Devender hopes to see young audiences return to the cinema in Crécy-en-Ponthieu (Somme) (archive photo). (©The Journal of Abbeville)

the Le Cyrano cinema of Crecy-en-Ponthieu (Sum) is going through a very complicated 2022 financial year.

And the attendance figures are relentless.

Less 40% recorded since the beginning of the year compared to 2019; 2020 and 2021 having been cut off from many opening days. In 2019, by mid-October, 20,000 people had attended at least one session.

This year, we have so far registered 12,000 entries. It’s hard for all cinemas at the moment. But people have to come back.

Morgane DevenderMember of the Espace Ponthieu Marquenterre association in charge of cinema management

But how to explain this drop in attendance? Morgane Devender has his own idea.

“New habits were formed during the confinement, she says. People now have a new way of watching TV, especially with netflix Where Video premium. Our fervent regulars continue to come around once a week. It is especially the young people who no longer come.

The other argument put forward is the absence this summer of US-branded films which generally attract young audiences. A trend that could perhaps be reversed this fall. Indeed, on November 24, 26 and 27, the Cyrano, which belongs to the town hall, has planned to project Black Panther.

“It should bring us back young people, she hopes. We are also going to have Belle and Sébastien new generation, and Without filter, the palme d’or of Cannes 2022 ”.

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Different evenings are on the program. One will be organized around the theme of the forest with a speaker. On November 18, in collaboration with the street marpa and Valloires homespectators will be able to attend the screening of La Part des autres.

“The advantage is that with CAP Regional Center images, we benefit from a large catalog of films, explains Morgane Devender. It is thanks to them that we will be able to benefit from the presence of a director for the film on the forest”.

An evening Dragon Ball Z is also in the cards for the month of December. With the Regional Natural Park, a free session will be offered to discover food practices in Bay of Somme and in the Three Valleys.

Unchanged prices

“On the second Friday of each month, we organize a thrilling evening,” she continues. On November 11, we will offer Halloween Ends. We really try to do the maximum to attract the maximum number of people.

Will his wish be granted? The end of the year promises to be important and the two employees and the twenty volunteers want to believe it. And for this, they rely on rates that have remained unchanged for years with an entry ticket at €5, €4 for students and children and even €3.50 for youth afternoons and Thursday sessions after -midday. Hard to beat.

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Spectators have been shunning the Crécy-en-Ponthieu cinema since the start of the year