Last Saturday, a selection of media as well as some film industry players gathered at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly for the official launch of the SNAP CINEMA. An initiative as part of the Metropolitan Assembly’s bid to support and promote the creative arts industry in Ghana.
The 312 seater disability friendly facility is now available for all filmmakers and creatives interested in using it for their screenings on a first come first serve basis. Management however advised film producers to sign up immediately to be a part of the select 50 producers who would be enjoying several advantageous benefits exclusively.
Speaking to patrons that had gathered, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Listening Bureau, the Facility Management Company that handles Accra City Hall, Mrs. Akua Maafo-Dooso assured patrons that the newly out doored ‘Snap Cinema’ will be serve great Ghanaian movies displaying the rich cultures and heritage of the land.
In a response to one of the questions asked, Mrs Maafo-Dooso expressed, “We are going to use AMA’s platform to market this place since it has a big client bases. It also engages the populace on daily basis and as a result the news about Snap Cinema’s opening will be disseminated to many. There is Accra Technical University, Ministries, many hotels and market women from Makola among others will also troop in since everyone loves entertainment. The way our movie industry is going, I feel people will patronize here.”
She also urged film producers and the general public to make good use of the facility and reiterated that the Listening Bureau is up to the task of ensuring that the facility is kept in good shape for as long as possible.
Also speaking at the launch, Director of Creative Arts at the National Commission on Culture, Mr. Socrate Safo urged the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) to consider converting some idle facilities dotted in the country’s capital to movie theatres whiles reviving the old ones.
“I am so excited that we have added one more screening opportunity in the movie industry. I was invited here by the Mayor. He took me to the place and on seeing it, I screamed ‘Wow’ and I called some producer friends that there is a facility here that can be used to host shows. They also came around and here we are today,” he added.
The Cinema would be having screenings for Ghanaian films from 6pm to 12am on Friday’s to Sundays for the interim and has well lit car park to accommodate 300 cars.
You can find the SNAP Cinema at the Accra City Hall Theater Complex, on the ground floor of the AMA Head Office, next to Octagon opposite TEMA station or call 026 459 0066 or 026 534 3392.
GhMoviefreak.com would bring you details on all screenings in the coming days.
Photos courtesy, Dat Camera Guy.