PORTSMOUTH FILM SOCIETY ARE PREPARING FOR THE OPENING OF THE SOUTHSEA COMMUNITY CINEMA AND ART CENTRE
Portsmouth Film Society have announced that they are preparing to open their Southsea Community Cinema and Art Centre, their new permanent home (pending planning approval by Portsmouth City Council). Located at 1-3 Palmerston Road, it will include a configurable theatre space, a classroom, and a small café with pre-prepared food and film snacks. Ideally situated in the heart of the Southsea precinct with convenient bus service, they’ll have an ideal location for the Southsea/Portsmouth community. Both the flexible theatre space and the classroom will be available for hire to members, community groups, artists, teachers, and businesses.
Southsea Community Cinema is more than just a cinema. It will run the cinema, educational program, art centre and activities forum. The flexible movie theatre space can be configured to meet specific customer event needs. The 40-capacity venue will be available for hire for a private watch party, seminars, gaming, green screen studio, birthday parties, live theatre, art exhibitions and VR experiences.
…ideally situated in the heart of the Southsea precinct…
…in a new format that meets the changing ways that people are interacting with films…
“For years our members have been asking for a cinema in Southsea. We are able bring it to you in a new format that meets the changing ways that people are interacting with films and other visual media. We believe that cinema can be everywhere in the communally not just in front of the TV set. The arts of moving images, digital art, even dance and theatre performance can be sharable with our audience“, says Aysegul Epengin, the Director of Portsmouth Film Society.
Building on over twelve years of success working in cooperation with a broad range of community groups and organisations (University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth City Council, Hampshire Constabulary, BFI FAN, community groups), they will continue to run film educational programs for vulnerable groups including youth groups/children, recovery groups and immigrants and strive to help break down social barriers and by being innovative.
Southsea Community Cinema and Art Centre aims to open in the spring and is currently crowdfunding for support, with a number of different pledge rewards available. View their Crowdfunding project to find out how you can help.
To support Portsmouth Film Society’s goal of bringing film industry related jobs to the City, training will include various facets of cinema production/exhibition, event management and courses on running a successful business utilising educational resources and tools available through its affiliation with the national community cinema organisation, Cinema for All and the British Film Institute.
Southsea Community Cinema is a not for profit organization dependent on money made from its business operations and donations. It will also rely on community and art related grants.
Find out more about the project art southseacinema.co.uk and over on their social media at:
Facebook – @pompeyfilms @Southseacinema
Twitter – @portsmouthfilms @southsecinema
…aims to open in the spring…