Moston Small Cinema


Outline – A permanent cinema installation in Moston, North Manchester, developed through community research, film commissions and a festival.

Partners – Buddliea, Manchester City Council, Miners Community Arts and Music Centre

Background – The Moston Small Cinema is the most ambitious expression yet of the Small Cinema project, working with volunteers over 12 weeks to create a permanent screening space in the heart of a community. The result: a 70 seater cinema, replete with authentic cinema seats, built with donated materials, housed in a former miner’s wash house. The project combined community engagement, research and film-making to inform an ambitious plan to develop a cinema facility and hold a 10 day festival of screenings and workshops in November 2012.

The project was commissioned by Buddleia and funded by Manchester City Council, as a means to explore the impact of longterm artist residencies in North Manchester. The cinema continues to be developed as a volunteer-run facility with support from Re-Dock and stakeholders from the community, and has hosted local film premieres, documentary screenings, children’s matinées, theatre shows and fundraising events.

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Moston Small Cinema in pictures (pdf, 1.2mb)