The Liverpool Small Cinema’s future is under discussion following confirmation that must vacate its current premises at the end of this month.
The volunteer-run picture house must cease operating at Crown Building on Victoria Street by the end of this week as the building is being sold for redevelopment.
With closure impending, the Small Cinema faces uncertain times but the team behind the venture says an announcement about the project’s long-term future will be made in the “coming weeks”.
A Small Cinema spokesperson says: “The future of the cinema project after Victoria Street is currently being discussed by the volunteers and will be announced over the coming weeks so make sure you keep following @SmallCinemaLpl for latest updates.”
Set up in 2015 by artist collective Re-Dock, Liverpool Small Cinema has hosted more than 270 screenings and welcomed over 8,000 people into its 56-seater auditorium over the last two years.
A three-day movie marathon will mark its closure on the weekend of 28 April, with new documentary ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ and Swedish comedy-drama ‘Together’ among the programme highlights.
Despite the setback, Liverpool Small Cinema programmer, Sam Meech, insists that the future of independent cinema in Merseyside is bright and is calling for a festival to celebrate the movement.
He tells Your Move: “It is unclear what the next stage for the project will be but for sure the impact it has had on the city, the audiences it has developed, will not be lost. The programmers and volunteers will find new ways to share film, and more spaces for cinema will be discovered and created.
“I think what the city needs next is a festival to bring this growing movement together. In the meantime, let’s enjoy an amazing last weekend of film and share thanks to everyone who has contributed.”