Pop up cinema is on a mission

Dream team: Alex Neadley, of They Eat Culture, and Bob Fletcher, treasurer of Friends of Fishwick, outside St Matthews at The Mission. Inset, an interior shot of St Matthew's

Dream team: Alex Neadley, of They Eat Culture, and Bob Fletcher, treasurer of Friends of Fishwick, outside St Matthews at The Mission. Inset, an interior shot of St Matthew's

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Bosses behind a new pop-up cinema are calling on film buffs to come up with movie suggestions for them to screen.

The cinema will open in December at St Matthew’s Mission in Acregate Lane, Preston.

The ‘Cinema Around the Corner’ event will run from December 4 to December 8 and comes on the back of the success of the Cinema on the Steps at the Harris Flights Festival in September.

The screenings will see arts organisation They Eat Culture (TEC) - in collaboration with Friends of Fishwick and St Matthew’s – bring blockbusters, cult classics, family flicks and short films to St Matthew’s Mission along with a great selection of stalls, workshops and activities.

Organisers want the community to help them shape them event into something everyone will love and that will benefit the area.

Danny Walsh, community development worker for Fishwick and St Matthew’s, said: “Cinema around the Corner will bring a new and exciting splash of culture to an area that gets nothing normally and no access to the arts.”

Bob Fletcher, treasurer of Friends of Fishwick and St Matthew’s, added: “There used to be three cinemas in this area in the past, now there are none. And the nearest one is two bus rides away. Also there are not many families in our area now who can afford the £30 - £40 cost of a visit to these new multiscreen cinemas of today.”

The project will also see the organisation work with UCLan film production, interior design and architecture students for the event. As well as choosing the films there will be a chance to showcase local projects and creative craft sessions.

These events are part of TEC’s wider Cinema around the Corner initiative, a British Film Institute (BFI) and Big Local funded project focusing on co-programming and touring film across communities in Preston, around Lancashire.

To find out more or to offer suggestions email film@theyeatculture.org or like ‘Cinema Around the Corner’ on Facebook.