Our aim was to create a place to screen a wide range of films for the local community to share and enjoy.
Starting with an empty white room we initially set up with a pot of red paint, some basic equipment and rather uncomfortable chairs. Since then we've gradually improved the facilities and interior, with the addition of a licensed bar and a new Film Council funded projector, and of course our classic 1930s golden seats! Thanks to our successful fundraiser at the end of 2016 we installed these beautiful comfortable seats for you to enjoy, complete with name plaques for those who sponsored a seat.
We are a 'Community Interest Company' and rely on ticket sales and the dedicated work of our fabulous volunteer team to run the cinema. We do not receive any funding for running costs of the cinema - so it's now more important than ever that you keep coming along, buying tickets and treating yourself to a glass of wine or two.
We do however apply for funding to run projects and events at the cinema and locations outside of the cinema, including our Summer Music Season.
In recent years we have received funding from:
- National Lottery – Awards For All
- Baird Film and TV Project
- Screen South
- Arts Council England
- Interreg IIIa
- East Sussex County Council
- Film Council
- The Foreshore Trust
We put together the cinema programme quarterly and are always asked how we select films – we of course start with the films we would most like to see ourselves along with suggestions from our audience! We aim to show a diverse range of arthouse and world cinema films and always welcome suggestions or recommendations. You can email ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org or let us know via Facebook or Twitter.
We have developed a reputation for interesting and unique film programming (winning 'Best Programming of the year 2016' from the Film Society of the Year Awards) and we will continue to bring varied and challenging works to the big screen if you keep coming and watching them...