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2012 has been a really busy year. The Olympic and Paralympic Games decimated our audiences for three months across the Summer, but wasn't it a wonderful Summer? Fortunately we thought this would happen and so we took the opportunity to develop our abilities in producing Outdoor Arts. Our West London Festival featured 10 different events in 6 different locations and was attended bu over 50,000 people.

2013 will present a new set of challenges. Suddenly the prospect of moving to a new building a little further into the centre of Brentford has become a distinct possibility. Although nothing will happen for several years we must begin to start planning for this as it will involve a lot of change. We also want to ensure that we offer our customers a constantly changing and improving service so we have some exciting plans for the year ahead, some of which are listed below.

Live Opera from Glyndebourne
Over the next three months we shall be installing a new satellite on our roof that will enable us to stream live-productions from theatres and opera houses around the world. The first productions we are planning to screen will be six operas from Glyndebourne's Summer season later this year.

No Increase to Cinema Ticket Prices

This year we are planning NO increase in the price of our cinema tickets (unless the Chancellor does something with VAT). We shall also continue with our £5 Mondays and Thali Tuesdays where we shall be introducing a new and slightly cheaper Thali Meal Deal (meal and a film for £15)

Car Parking Charges to be Introduced

Our car park is one of the major sources of customer dissatisfaction. People complain that it is dark, dirty and feels unsafe with a steady trickle of abandoned cars. So we have decided do something about this. We shall be giving the car park a refresh during January and from 1 February we have contracted with a company to provide daily visits by security staff. There is however a price to pay for this and PAY & DISPLAY machines will be installed. Charges will be kept as low as possible and we shall be introducing a special all-inclusive annual rate for our FRIENDS (even more reason to become a FRIEND) This will make it easier for our customers to find a parking space, help us to keep the car=park safer and clean and tidy and remove cars that have been abandoned more quickly.

New Approach to Performing Arts

We shall be introducing a new approach to performing arts later in the year when we shall try to transfer some of the exuberance and dynamism from our Outdoor productions into performances inside Watermans. This means that we shall be programming events in the theatre in bursts of activity with different themes. This will also leave the theatre free to enable schools.colleges and outside groups to continue to use the theatre on an independent basis. News of the first of these will be announced shortly and will appear on our website as soon as it is confirmed.

It's going to be a lively year and we hope to see you here again soon. we have a terrific programme of films scheduled over the next three months as well as bringing back a few recent favorites that you might have just missed.

Happy New Year from Everyone At Watermans


January 2, 2013