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Southsea Community Cinema and Arts Center Opening in the heart of Southsea with open day May 19 from noon to 5 p.m.

Posted: May 7, 2022 2:18 PM
Southsea Community Cinema and Arts Center Opening in the heart of Southsea with Open House on May 19 from noon to 5 p.m. with local artists, film soundtracks, drums and short films.

The Portsmouth Film Society announces the opening at 1-3 Palmerston Road with esteemed guest Stephen Morgan, MP and a ribbon-cutting ceremony by new Mayor Hugh Mason at 6.30pm, followed by a reception for community leaders, artists locals and business leaders. The News and BBC1 South will be on hand to capture the day’s highlights which will be broadcast on 20 May at 6.30pm.

By showcasing our configurable cinema space, kitchen meeting rooms, photography and film capabilities, we want to engage with the community to get feedback on how we are evolving our film and educational programs as well as developing the space to better meet local needs. artists and customers.

Our diverse film program offers a variety of genres to appeal to people of all ages with matinees and daily evening screenings funded by the British Film Institute (BFI).

Members will enjoy private parties twice a week with independent world films like Drive My Car (2021-Japanese), the first foreign film to win the Oscar for Best Picture of the Year and an eclectic mix of quirky films in starting with the first of two archival films released in collaboration with regional film archives Wessex Film and Sound Archive. Caught in the Act is a late 1930s silent crime fiction film made by the Bournemouth Cine Club and Portsmouth Cine Club, part of the long-running Portsmouth Film Society. It will be accompanied by live music.

Worship Curious? A special weekly event taking you back in time featuring cult films spanning different eras and countries. Find out what these obscure, quirky and outrageous films say about the zeitgeist of their place and time in history. Film animators will explain why these films bombed at the box office, but slowly gained an unwavering legion of fans and influenced modern mainstream cinema. Then join us for refreshments in our cafe to discuss why you share a similar interest in these original masterpieces. Films selected La Haine (1995), Videorome (1981), Wake in Fight (1970), Naked (1993) and Freaks (1932)

Our Green Film Festival program kicks off with three international films with strong messages on the environmental issues we face today.

“After years of painstakingly searching for a home for the Portsmouth Film Society, I naively embarked on what now seemed like a Herculean task of overseeing the conversion of a dilapidated bank into this magnificent cinema. A dream come true.” said Aysegul Epengin, director of the Portsmouth Film Society.

“The Portsmouth Film Society has been around for 12 years. I’ve only worked on two of them – all over town, gaining valuable experience even during lockdown when we moved our youth filmmaking workshop from the classroom to Zoom. Our own location is more convenient, both for our customers and for us. I can’t wait to experience it with them! Miles J. Hanmore, student, University of Portsmouth.

The response has been remarkable with ticket sales underway and our first room rental already booked. Thanks to Power to Change Crowdfunding and Portsmouth City Council, plus 132 people for helping us achieve our goals. We are also delighted to announce that the Portsmouth Film Society has received the Get Set Solent EU YTKO funds.

The launch sponsors of the Southsea Community Cinema and Arts Center are PCO Group and Mimi Market in Palmerston Road. Our Gold Sponsor is: Barbara Tipple, Jewelery at Marmion Road. Also, a big thank you to Now Build It Ltd who completed the building work on time.

The Southsea Community Cinema and Arts Center with its cafe will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. You can contact us at [email protected] or 07528 808400 to discuss hiring the cinema or education/conference room for meetings, classes and private parties to watch your own favorite films and videos in a movie set. We have started accepting room rental reservations from local writers and festivals.

For the full list of cinemas and our Sunset outdoor movie schedule, the first in Portsmouth, follow us here on The Portsmouth News or

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Portsmouth Film Society

Southsea Community Cinema and Arts Center

1-3 Palmerston Road

Southsea, Portsmouth, PO5 3QQ

Phone: 07854700126



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