Community cinema celebrates five years of motion pictures

An independent Homerton cinema founded through community crowdfunding will be celebrating it's fifth birthday next month

An independent Homerton cinema founded through community crowdfunding will be celebrating it's fifth birthday next month - Credit: Castle Cinema

A Hackney community cinema is celebrating its birthday with a special deal on members tickets next month. 

Homerton's Castle Cinema in Chatsworth Road will celebrate its fifth birthday with £5 members tickets for five days. 

The movie theatre's bargain birthday celebrations will run from February 3-7. 

The cinema stands on the site of the Castle Electric Theatre, which operated from 1913 to 1958. It then became a bingo hall, a warehouse, snooker club and convenience store. 

In 2016, local couple Asher Charman and Dee Swift launched a crowdfunding campaign to refurbish the upstairs, including its Art Deco fixtures, and turn the space into a working cinema.

The Castle Cinema’s opened in February 2017.

The cinema stands on the site of the Castle Electric Theatre

The cinema stands on the site of the Castle Electric Theatre - Credit: Castle Cinema

A spokesperson for the cinema said: "It’s hard to believe that Hackney’s crowdfunded hidden gem, The Castle Cinema, has already been open for five years.

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"Despite closures during the pandemic, Chatsworth Road’s gorgeous little two-screen cinema has roared back to life in the past few months, continuing to show a range of arthouse and blockbuster releases."

Currently on The Castle’s screens are a slew of Oscar season hopefuls such as Belfast and Licorice Pizza, and on February 9 its monthly Dementia Friendly Screenings will return with the Doris Day classic Calamity Jane.

The cinema has been involved with a series of accessibility initiatives which include its Dementia Friendly Screenings as well as Relaxed Autism Friendly screenings.

Cinema members already get £5 tickets every Monday, but to celebrate a half-decade in business, The Castle will be offering £5 tickets for its members for five days.

Tickets usually cost £11 for non-members and £9 for members above the age of 24. 

The Castle also offers 15-to-24-year-olds free memberships, which enables them to get £5 tickets any time.

Paid memberships start from £15 a year.

Tickets for The Castle’s fifth birthday weekender will go on sale on January 28. 

Find out more at thecastlecinema.com