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4th August 2015

5 minutes with: Richard Linford from Everyman Mailbox

Nowhere does cinema quite like Everyman. Home to signature sofa seating and the irresistible gourmet Spielburger, it’s not hard to see why Birmingham has fallen in love with the luxury cinema brand.

So grab your popcorn, sit back and relax as we go behind the scenes to find out more about Richard Linford, venue manager at Everyman Mailbox. Lights, camera, action…

Hi Richard, first things first, tell us about yourself…

I’ve worked in hospitality for over 10 years in cities across the UK. I always knew I’d come back to Birmingham if the right opportunity came up, and it did with Everyman. I have been working with them for over six months now and have loved every minute!

So you’re a true Brummie – where is your favourite spot in the city?

It has changed so much in the time I’ve been away so I have been doing plenty of exploring to get back to grips with it all. This probably sounds biased but you can’t beat the canal side of the Mailbox when the sun is out, but I’m also enjoying Kings Heath at the moment.

What’s the best thing about working at Everyman Cinema here at the Mailbox?

It is something completely new to Birmingham so it is great to work somewhere where there is such a buzz. People are still blown away every time you show them around the venue, and the feedback has been amazing. Free films and burgers are also a nice little bonus!

Spielburger Everyman Mailbox

Free films and burgers? We want to work at Everyman!

So we’ve decided to make a film about your life – which actor would you cast to play you?

Tough question! I’d say Tom Cruise but he is quite a bit older than me so maybe someone a bit cooler, like Sam Riley.

What’s your favourite film of all-time and why?

I think people would assume that running a cinema means I’d pick something cool and edgy if you run a cinema, but it is hands down Top Gun. I’m not even sure I can explain why it’s my favourite, but I’m a big fan of the soundtrack too!

We sense you’re a bit of a Tom Cruise fan then…

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We’re giving you the chance to share an Everyman sofa with any celebrity, living or dead. Who do you pick to share your rustle-free snacks with?

Sienna Miller, no question.

And finally, it’s time for that all-important question: sweet or salted popcorn?

Salted, with Tabasco Sauce all over it. It is incredible.

With a new film schedule released each week, visit www.everymancinema.com to find out what’s on at Everyman Mailbox this week, or follow @everymancinema on Twitter!

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