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Mum transforms bus into cinema so she can bring the ‘magic’ of films to disadvantaged children

Mum transforms bus into cinema so she can bring the ‘magic’ of films to disadvantaged children
Jun 17, 2017 Shaking Hands 0 comments
This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 16/06/2017.

Mum transforms bus into cinema so she can bring the ‘magic’ of films to disadvantaged children

A mum-of-two has transformed a single-decker bus into her own mobile movie cinema so she can bring “the magic of the cinema” to disadvantaged children in low-income areas.

Kerry Hector, 34, who lives in Kenley, was inspired to do so because the cost of seeing a film at the cinema has risen so high.

Transforming the second-hand bus, the New Addington-born mum installed red leather seats and a popcorn machine, and has even painted the inside and outside jet black to mimic the feel of being in a cinema.

Kerry, who is the daughter of a bus driver, said: “My main objective is to make it accessible to people who would not normally be able to go to the cinema.

Kerry explained that children are always excited when they see the inside of the bus.“I really wanted to create the same magic and authenticity of the cinema and take it to them.”

Kerry first had the idea when she was living on an estate as a single parent with her daughter, who is now 16, and could not always afford to go and watch the latest films at the pictures.

Taking inspiration from a mobile library “and all the excitement of that coming to the estate” when she was a child, Kerry wanted to create something that was just as mobile.

“It was really a fleeting idea when I first had it to be honest,” she said.

“There’s so many ways of watching films now; on TV or Netflix or the internet.

“But I really wanted to recreate all the fun and magic of going to the cinema.”

Kerry’s bus has a popcorn machine.Kerry left her job at Virgin Atlantic to take on the new challenge and takes the bus to a mixture of community and commercial events – like weddings and parties but also to schools and estates.

Hearing the children’s reactions when they walk on is what drives her on.


The bus has red seats similar to the sort you would see in a cinema.She said: “Just hearing them walk on, and you hear the ‘wows’, the ‘oohs’ and ‘that was just amazing’, [makes it worthwhile]. Again and again it’s the same response.”

The mobile cinema does not play films that are currently out, but a mixture of movies that are suitable for children at schools or the audience at a specific event.

It travels across Croydon and other areas of south London, but Kerry’s goal is to have multiple buses that can travel round other areas of London.

Kerry enlisted the help of a company that transforms buses into tea rooms for festivals.Because of her work in the community, the 34-year-old was named Entrepreneur of the Year at A2Dominion’s recent Residents Awards.

Now in their fifth year, the awards recognise the commitment and achievements of individual residents and local community groups.

Kerry said winning the award was “absolutely incredible.”