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Phoenix Cinema welcomes new executive director Elizabeth Taylor-Mead
An historic cinema in East Finchley has announced the appointment of a new executive director.
Elizabeth Taylor-Mead officially took up the post at Phoenix Cinema in High Road, East Finchley, last Friday.
She has worked in the film industry in the UK and the US for the whole of her career and is a producing partner and founder of Metropolis Pictures, a Covent Garden-based production company where she developed more than 25 documentary projects for international television and theatrical release.
She was also a founding member of the Association of Independent Producers and has worked on a variety of documentaries in the US before working at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, one of the top independent art house cinemas in North America.
Elizabeth Taylor-Mead said: “I am very happy to be returning to the UK, a place I've always considered my real home. I am particularly pleased to serve the Phoenix Cinema community.
“The Phoenix was an important venue in my film education as a young filmmaker in London and I have watched its development with great enthusiasm and respect.”
With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Phoenix Cinema was renovated in 2010 and a cafe was developed. First built in 1910, it is one of the oldest purpose-built cinemas and since 1985 it has been run by a charitable trust for the community.
Stephen Barr, chairman of the Phoenix Cinema Board of Trustees, said: “The cinema landscape is moving rapidly and Elizabeth is just the person to lead the cinema through the exciting challenges that lie ahead.
“With Elizabeth in charge, the Phoenix is well placed to continue to fulfil its mission of providing a rich range of programming for its local community, maintaining its historic building and contributing to a flourishing cinema culture in north London.”
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