New small cinema to appear in old court

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The site of the old Magistrates Court where the small cinema will be built. Pic by James Harrison © JMU Journalism

The site of the old Magistrates Court where the small cinema will be built. Pic by James Harrison © JMU Journalism

A new ‘Small Cinema’ business is to be built on Victoria Street in Liverpool within the former Magistrates Court.

The Liverpool Small Cinema project is aiming to create a new community screening space within the city centre for local film makers to come and showcase their work, having been developed by an artist collective named Re-Dock.

The cinema and events are going to be organised by a programming team made up of several different organisations, such as the Food for Real Film Festival, the Liverpool Radical Film Festival, Think cinema and the Video Nasties Podcast.

The ‘Small Cinema’ manager, Sam Meech, from Huddersfield, told JMU Journalism: “In Liverpool, what I have found is lots of people liking the idea, spreading the word, pointing me in the direction of materials, offering help, skilled help from joiners and carpenters.

“Very quickly it has become clear that there are a lot of people willing to support the project. Also help has come from film makers and programmers and people who feel that they need this kind of support hub within the artistic community.”

The space will only hold up to 60 cinema seats, which were donated by The Plaza in Stockport, so it will be small and quite intimate.

Mr Meech told JMU Journalism: “For film makers, having a place like this where everything is already here, all they need to focus on is bringing an audience and they will have the confidence that the film will look and sound as good as it should be and the audience will have that cinematic experience.”

The 33-year-old film-maker said: “I’ve always been excited by the idea of making a space within Liverpool city centre because it is so supportive and collaborative and creative.”

The first event to be held there will be on March 15th with the Food for Real film festival.