Southsea Cinema & Arts Centre
1-3 Palmerston Road,
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Southsea Cinema & Arts Centre (Official)
In Southsea, the coastal resort near Portsmouth, Hampshire, for at least 12 years, Portsmouth Film Society had been presenting films at venues as diverse as the University of Portsmouth, local churches and the King’s Theatre (see separate Cinema Treasures entry) and at outdoor locations, including drive-in screenings.
On 19th May 2022 the Society’s dream project, its permanent base at the Southsea Cinema & Arts Centre, was formally opened by the Lord Mayor. The ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6.30pm was followed by a reception attended by local MP Stephen Morgan, community leaders, local artists and business leaders. During the day, there had been an Open House for the public, from noon to 5pm, featuring local performers, short films and other activities.
The Centre utilises town centre premises previously occupied by Halifax Bank.
In addition to the cinema, there are also meeting rooms, a café and educational areas.
The Society intends to screen a “variety of genres”, to appeal to all ages, with matinees and daily evening screenings funded by the British Film Institute.
Run as a not-for-profit enterprise, it also aims to encourage film-making and film-related job creation in the area.
The majority of the financing for this £100,000 community project was raised through arts grants, but the society raised a very commendable £25,000 through crowd-funding.
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