Edgar Wright pens emotional letter on the importance of cinemas

Gregory Wakeman
Director of the movie "Baby Driver" Edgar Wright poses at the premiere for the movie in Los Angeles, California U.S., June 14, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Edgar Wright has penned an emotional letter about the importance of cinema.

In the wake of the decision to close movie theaters across the globe, the Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim Vs The World director took to Empire Magazine to explain why he feels like he’s only “really [experienced] a movie” when he has seen the “flickering art (or trash) up on the big screen.”

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“So I dearly hope, as a fan of the cinema, that any light at the end of the tunnel of this period in history includes the Xenon bulb that so many of us worship,” continued Wright.

“Since big-screen exhibition has fought in recent years to combat the comforts of home cinema, the climb back from this shuttering of picture palaces may be tougher than ever, especially for many independent cinemas that you may cherish.”

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But rather than just lamenting the potential death of the movie theater, Wright actually came up with a number of suggestions for how people can save their local cinema and multiplex. 

“One way of showing your unwavering support is to become a member of your favourite cinema,” suggested Wright. “After you’ve read this, why not buy a membership for yourself, or for someone close to you. Buy some gift cards. Donate where you can.” 

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“Consider, if you can afford to, not asking for your unlimited subscription to be refunded. Yes, you may not be able to go back in the coming months, but you’ll feel better for having helped now than if you later found your local church of cinema had been forced to close for good.”

Wright will be hoping that cinemas will have opened their doors again by the beginning of the autumn, as his latest movie, the psychological horror Last Night In Soho, is due for release on September 25.