The BFI London Film Festival is one of the most renowned international film festivals in the entertainment industry. Films are premiered, panels are hosted, and numerous film events take place across central London in October each year. We had the honour of working with the BFI once again to deliver a bespoke temporary cinema for the film festival. The first time we delivered the temporary cinema was in 2016, for the BFI’s 60th anniversary celebrations, working closely with brand activation agency, People, to deliver the bespoke temporary cinema.

Building a temporary structure in the middle of central London comes with its own set of challenges including limited access to the site, confined spaces, and noise controls. Despite these challenges, our structures, seating, furniture, and interiors teams were able to work efficiently and quietly, transforming the space into a cinema & hospitality venue for the client, on time.

What we delivered

  • A bespoke, branded, temporary cinema using the I-Novation structure spanning 25mx35m-Consisting of a main cinema, box office, toilets, a VIP hospitality area all within the temporary structure
  • A floor surfaces were carpeted to give a more permanent, premium look & feel
  • Soundproofing between the main auditorium and the rest of the building and exterior
  • A red carpet 5m x 25m walkway along the front of the building
  • A covered VIP media reception structure connected to the box office and the hospitality area
  • The hospitality area was built using a 15m x 20m Arcus structure
  • 829-tiered diplomat seating with drink holders and armrests

“The on-site teams from Arena Structures and Seating were a pleasure to work with, as always. They worked tirelessly to deliver the desired product in what was a challenging and restrictive site. The cinema saw more than 25,000 people flow through it during theLondon Film Festival, which we are very proud of.”

Tim Elliot Founder, People

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