The Minions are Coming (early)!
We’re delighted to be able to welcome the Minions movie to the Screen Machine more than two weeks earlier than planned, allowing us to share this summer’s big hit with our audiences at the height of the school holidays.
Those miniature maniacs will be taking over our screen from this Friday, 17th July, and will be replacing Moomins on the Riviera, as yellow drives out blue, in Achiltibuie, Lochinver, Kinlochbervie, Durness, Bettyhill, Lairg, Brodick and Millport.
All those screenings are now available to book. For anyone who has already booked for Moomins at those locations, we’ll be getting in touch to offer the options of changing the booking, or getting a refund.
All the films that are booked to be shown on the Screen Machine—or anywhere else, for that matter–are managed through that film’s distributor—in this case Universal–and every distributor is naturally trying to make the best financial deals on each film. Big releases like Minions, of course, are mostly screened in multiplexes, which might devote several screens at once to a really popular new release, adding up to multiple screenings each day at each venue.
The Screen Machine, of course, only has one screen, with just 80 seats, and as we move around so much, there aren’t many places where we have the time to show the same film more than once in a day. So it can sometimes take a bit of special pleading on the part of our film booker, Eden Court’s Paul Taylor, to get us noticed down in London! Originally, it looked as if we were not going to be able to show Minions until seven weeks after its release date—an unusually long time lag—but fortunately Universal have reviewed the situation, and understood the importance of helping us get the film to as many locations as possible while the holidays are still on.
If you’ve never seen either of the Despicable Me movies (both great hits on the Screen Machine), then be assured that the Minions spin-off is likely to make you go ‘bananas’ with pleasure, whether you’re 3 or 93.