Pendle Social Cinema

A pop-up community cinema led by volunteers, screening at The Garage on the last Thursday of every month

For many people living in this area their first experience of cinema had been at The Grand Theatre in Nelson or Unit Four Cinema in Brierfield, but in recent decades those cinema locations were closed down and lost. Many had been disappointed to have seen another part of their town, and history, disappear and so we decided to bring cinema back to Pendle.

Initially called The Grand Unit 5 Social Cinema, we built our first pop-up cinema at Northlight Mill in 2015 and have since toured it around Pendle to host screenings in various unusual locations. We want to keep ticket prices low so that anybody who wants to come along and enjoy is able to. To achieve this screenings are run by a team of volunteers and all monies collected go back into the project.

Sometimes we choose films that have a particular significance in time or place. We partnered with Stand Up to Racism for screenings of Calais Children: A Case to Answer and I Am Not Your Negro, and we showed Suffragette at Clarion House where they had their own Suffragist, Selina Cooper. Other times we choose films just for fun like the Cohen Brothers’ classic, The Big Lebowski, and we always welcome your ideas for what you’d like to see next.

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