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Leeds home cinema startup set to launch national franchise following lockdown success

A Leeds entrepreneur has announced his plans to create a national franchise based on a lockdown startup.

Home Cinema Hire Leeds, launched by Chris Tinson, rents indoor and outdoor screens for family film nights, and is now putting plans in place to become a national brand by the end of the year.

During lockdown, Chris launched the company, and within weeks was receiving up to 70 bookings per month.

Chris said: “By the end of lockdown 1, like many families, we had tried every physical and virtual game and activity possible, and so I came up with the idea of creating my very own cinema experience.

“The idea was to set-up a giant cinema screen at home whereby I could stage a movie night with my family or when the restrictions eased invite people in my bubble to watch the football or a boxing match in the cinema-style setting.

“It then occurred to me that there must be a demand for families like my own that are unable to go out and don’t have the space or luxury of having a cinema room but want to experience their own ‘Everyman’ at home.

“I began promoting the screens on social media, and within a matter of weeks had up to 70 bookings per month.

“Since the latest government restrictions, we have seen another surge in bookings.

“The price point makes the hire of the screens extremely accessible to all budgets and more importantly helps drive home the government’s message of ‘stay home’.

“I’m currently in the process of developing a national franchise scheme for Home Cinema Hire, and if the demand continues at this pace, I hope to have it in by place 2021.”

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