Fringe cinema broadcasts cost more than live shows

The broadcasts involve the Summerhall venue. Picture: Alex Hewitt
The broadcasts involve the Summerhall venue. Picture: Alex Hewitt
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FESTIVAL goers are paying more to watch the broadcast of an Edinburgh Fringe show at a cinema than the live show a mile away.

A series of theatre productions from the Summerhall venue are being broadcast live to audiences at Odeon cinemas across the country.

The live venue, at Summerhall Place, Edinburgh, is just a mile away from the Odeon on Lothian Road, which is also screening the broadcast.

Cinema punters are paying up to £8 a ticket while preview screenings at the theatre cost as little as £5.

Odeon has teamed up with online arts service Hibrow to show live performances from the festival showers to cinemagoers in August.

Eight shows, including comedy, opera and visual art, have been specially designed to be transmitted via satellite during the Edinburgh fringe to cinemas nationwide.

Ruper Thompson, Artistic Director at Summerhall said he was “delighted” that Summerhall was hosting a “cinematic fringe first”.

Of the series of shows, Dan Boyd, Artistic Director for Hibrow, added: “Our Hibrow Hour at Summerhall was conceived with the intention of offering audiences everywhere a flavour of Edinburgh’s creative buzz in August.”

No-one was available for comment from the Odeon.