Thursday, February 11, 2016
Solar powered cinema short listed for Epic Award
A Swansea based mobile movie theatre has been short-listed to win an award for their role in supporting creativity and volunteering. The Sol Cinema has been put forward for an Epic award which has now opened to allow for public votes.
The Sol Cinema -a micro movie house powered entirely by the Sun. Complete with smartly dressed usherette and red carpet, the tiny movie theater has been dubbed by the BBC as ‘the smallest solar powered mobile cinema in the World’ .
Penclawdd artist Jo Furlong and friends designed the micro cinema by recycling a 1972 twin berth caravan to accommodate 8 adults in comfort for a unique cinematic experience. The Sol Cinema has toured all over UK and Ireland and will next be performing in Caernarfon from February 16-19th. The Epic Awards were set up in 2010 to promote, support and champion the voluntary cultural sector.
Sol Cinema projectionist Paul O’Connor said
‘It is wonderful being nominated for an award. We entertain thousands of people each year with the Sol Cinema and it is a great feeling to know that our dedication is recognised.’
The strong environmental aspect of the cinema is important.
Sol Cinema designer Jo Furlong added
‘The Sol Cinema has been lavished with pride and style and runs entirely on renewable
energy. We use an low energy LED video projector and lithium batteries to store the
energy from the Sun.Our photovoltaic panels harness the sunlight, even as the films are
being shown, so we never run out of power.’
Voting by the public has opened so you can vote for the Sol Cinema here.
Notes to Editors
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Epic Award Voting closes 5pm, Wednesday 23 March 2016
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