The original teamTHE ORIGINAL USE

There were seven mobile cinemas made for the Ministry of Technology in the 1960’s. Each one had a trailer. From 1967 to 1974, they would visit engineering companies around the UK  promoting modern production techniques.  In the process the trailer was used as a demonstration space once audiences had received their initial engineering lectures and watched a film in the cinema.

 

1967 goodLIFE AFTER THE MINISTRY OF TECHNOLOGY

The Government auctioned off the Cinemas and their trailers in 1974. KJU267E was bought by Lord (Bill) MacAlpine. He had recently saved the Flying Scotsman from a period of quarantine in America. He used the Mobile Cinema as a method of promoting the repatriation of the famous steam train to the UK.

Shortly after this, the cinema and trailer were split up. The Cinema stayed with the Transport Trust until 1990, then it spent  a further 13 years in Essex (owned by with Peter Rawlings), then a short period with Rob Howell and Nancy-Rose Mills before Ollie Halls purchased and started the restoration process in 2005.

 

Trailer and Registration plateFINDING THE TRAILER

The trailer had not been seen since 1975 so the chance of finding it was becoming increasingly unlikely.

However in 2015, rumour of the existence of one of the trailers was reported and the resulting visit to a farm in Sussex uncovered the most remarkable discovery. A quick walk to the back of the trailer and everyone present realised that the trailer was indeed the original trailer to the only remaining Mobile Cinema (KJU267E).

The farmer who owned the trailer was using it as a workshop for his carpentry. He kindly sold the trailer back, and both vehicles were reconnected together for the first time in 40 years.

 

CROWD FUNDING FOR THE TRAILER RESTORATION

In June this year, we are launching a 2-month crowdfunding campaign to raise the funds to restore the trailer. The target is to raise £75,000. As with all crowd funding campaigns, we have collated a series of packages for the following pledges. The figures in brackets are how many packages are available for that price…

£25 – THE LUCKY DIP – Your name included on a framed poster on the wall of the trailer for all to see and entry into a raffle to win the following magnificent prize – an evening visit from the Vintage Mobile Cinema and Trailer, plus £150 pre-paid bar tab.

Finished Pin Badge

The limited edition (1/600) Pin Badges that include the un-renovated trailer at the back. Available on all pledges of £50 or more.

£50 (440) – An on-screen thank you credit at the end of every show for 12 months, a limited edition enamel badge of the Vintage Mobile Cinema and Trailer – pictured (Limited edition 1/600). Your name included on a framed poster on the wall of the trailer for all to see.

£100 (75) – An invitation for one person to an exclusive open day to experience the cinema and cocktail bar when finished. An on-screen thank you credit at the end of every show for 12 months, a limited edition enamel badge of the Vintage Mobile Cinema and Trailer (Limited edition 1/600).  Your name included on a framed poster on the wall of the trailer for all to see.

£250 (33) – A unique photo book of the trailer charting its restoration process (Limited edition 1/100). An invitation for two people to an exclusive open day to experience the cinema and cocktail bar when finished. An on-screen thank you credit at the end of every show for 12 months, a limited edition enamel badge of the Vintage Mobile Cinema and Trailer (Limited edition 1/600). Your name included on a framed poster on the wall of the trailer for all to see.

£500 (20) – Two tickets to an exclusive evening black-tie event including film and free pre and post show cocktails in the new trailer cocktail bar. A unique photo book of the trailer charting its restoration process (Limited edition 1/100). An on-screen thank you credit at the end of every show for 12 months, a limited edition enamel badge of the Vintage Mobile Cinema and Trailer (Limited edition 1/600). Your name included on a framed poster on the wall of the trailer for all to see.

£950 (14) – Four tickets to an exclusive evening black-tie event including film and free pre and post show cocktails in the new trailer cocktail bar. A unique photo book of the trailer charting its restoration process (Limited edition 1/100). An on-screen thank you credit at the end of every show for 12 months, a limited edition enamel badge of the Vintage Mobile Cinema and Trailer (Limited edition 1/600). Your name included on a framed poster on the wall of the trailer for all to see.

£5000 (6) – An all-expenses evening visit from the Cinema and renovated trailer bar. Includes a film of your choice (with licensing) and free pre     and post show refreshments for you and your guests (includes £300 pre-paid bar tab).  A unique photo book of the trailer charting its restoration process (Limited edition 1/100). Your name included on a framed poster on the wall of the trailer for all to see, an on-screen thank you credit at the end of every show for 12 months, a limited edition enamel badge of the Vintage Mobile Cinema and Trailer (Limited edition 1/600

£10,000 (2) – Two separate all-expenses evening visits from the cinema and renovated trailer bar. Includes a film of your choice (with licensing) and free pre and post show refreshments for you and your guests (includes £300 pre-paid bar tab).
A cocktail named after you on the menu.
A unique photo book of the trailer charting its restoration process (Limited edition 1/100). Your name included on a framed poster on the wall of the trailer for all to see, an on-screen thank you credit at the end of every show for 12 months, a limited edition enamel badge of the Vintage Mobile Cinema and Trailer (Limited edition 1/600).

£15,000 (1) – Three separate all-expenses day visits from the cinema and renovated trailer bar. Includes a film of your choice (with licensing) and free pre and post show refreshments for you and your guests (includes £300 pre-paid bar tab per visit).
In addition, you will receive a free ‘helpers’ pass to any event the cinema attends over the next three years.
A bar stool named after you.
A cocktail named after you on the menu.
A unique photo book of the trailer charting its restoration process (Limited edition 1/100).
Your name included on a framed poster on the wall of the trailer for all to see, an on-screen thank you credit at the end of every show for 12 months, a limited edition enamel badge of the Vintage Mobile Cinema and Trailer (Limited edition 1/600).

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