Business Of The Week: Rooftop Film Club

25th July 2016

Gerry Cottle Jr was brought up as a trapeze artist. With a father who owned a circus, Gerry grew up spending his summer holidays performing to large crowds of people.

Whilst the rest of Gerry’s family went into the family business, Gerry decided not to follow in his families footsteps. Instead Gerry went to work in public relations and event management in London.

With a desire to run his own company Gerry decided to pack in the day-to-day grind and begin his own journey.

With a personal passion for films, he decided to take to the rooftops in east-London. The Rooftop Film Club officially opened in 2011, and currently is screening in London as well as New York and Los Angeles.

With a lot of hard work effort, and a £10,000 loan from the bank, Gerry has made the company a success. However it wasn’t always easy. Gerry had quit his day job. A week prior to the first screening he got a phone call explaining that the owners of the roof top did not want amplified sounds as it would upset the neighbours.

Determined, Gerry came up with an ingenuous idea of providing headphones for all the views, which turned out to be a huge success as it blocked out all the sound of the busy city. This flaw had actually created the company’s unique selling point.

5 years on the company is now thriving with up to 130 people attending each screening! At £15 a ticket (plus booking fee of course) why wouldn’t you attend? With over 800 screening this summer and a wide range of films, a pizza bar and a cocktails made by the Britain’s got talent runners up, I cannot think of a better way to spend an evening.

However, you may be thinking to yourself 'what happens in winter when the weather takes a turn for the worst?'.

Well Gerry is one step ahead. He takes the cinemas and moves them underground. Using a cellar underneath Waterloo Station in London.