With the birth of a new year, we also see the emergence of a fantastic new season of films at the No 6 Cinema, Portsmouth!
And what a wonderful season it is! The full programme for the January/February season can be found here, with information on each film available via the link.
2013 was an extremely successful year for the art-house cinema, with sold-out screenings on several occasions. The cinema, run by film-loving volunteers, is complete with the biggest screen on the South coast. With a delightfully atmospheric bar, you can get a glass of wine, beer, soft or hot drink and snacks whilst discussing the film with other cinephiles and film-lovers. The entrance to the cinema is fully decorated with stunning film poster paper chains, origami flowers made from old film posters, posters/information on upcoming films, and if it’s a special occasion such as Christmas or Halloween, there will be decorations to fit in with the theme too. The most recent special occasion – the Christmas screening of Wings of Desire was accompanied by mulled wine, mince pies, Christmas biscuits, a professional carol singer, a Christmas tree, tinsel, decorations, and the staff all clad in Christmas tinsel, reindeer headbands, and of course – cheesy Christmas jumpers!!
No. 6 Cinema, all about promoting monumental films to viewers rather than focusing on profits, keeps prices low on both the bar and with the tickets, and very occassionally sells film posters of the films they have screened and books that have been donated in exchange for donations in order to raise money to keep the cinema open to the public. As the only other notable nearby art house cinema is situated in Southampton (the lovely Harbour Lights cinema), the No. 6 Cinema is perfect for those who live closer to Portsmouth. Similarly, the cinema, which is situated in the heart of Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, only adds to the vast sense of history and culture of the building, which throughout the day acts as an action stations where various events for children and adults run.
Screening films based on the most critically valued films from reliable sources such as the BFI, and Sight and Sound, and also receives recommendations from the Picturehouse Cinemas, the cinema is proud to primarily screen arthouse films to audiences who might otherwise be unable to see or have access to them, with the major cinema in the city being a Vue cinema, known for its more mainstream screenings.
So, the 2014 season kicks off with a screening of The Butler ( Lee Daniels) on Friday 3rd January followed by The Counsellor (Ridley Scott) on the 4th January. As the No. 6 Cinema only screens a film on the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, alongside a monthly screening on a Sunday afternoon for children, there is no more screenings until the following Thursday. Thursday night screenings, also known as ‘Select Thursdays’, aim to showcase a diverse and vital range of films, and demonstrate their commitment to ground-breaking cinema in all its forms.
I have been fortunate enough to be involved in working at the cinema since last June, and not only have I learnt a great deal about film from both those I work with and the customers, but I have seen some of the best films of the year. If you are situated in or around Portsmouth, it is well worth taking a trip to this historic building to see one of the evening screenings, or afternoon screenings if you fancy something a bit more light-hearted! There is no other cinema quite like it, and aside from acting as a brilliant viewing station, the cinema allows the film to be an experience of engaging with brilliant stories, filmmaking techniques, and meeting others who love film and treat is as an art form.
Breakfast At Tiffany’s – Valentine’s Night, Friday 14 February from 18:00
Bling is the thing for Valentine’s at No6 this year, and who could tire of dressing up in a little black dress, pearls and a tiara! Join the party before the film for a Tiffany Tipple and entry to a prize draw for anyone who arrives dressed in the style of B at T’s . Chris Eibes film buff and no6 volunteer will offer an introduction to the film before it starts.
Creating Balance – Thursday 27 February at 19:00
A collaborative project with Anglepoise®, Strong Island & The University of Portsmouth. 10 artists/designers twinned with 10 photographers all from Portsmouth and an Anglepoise® light. The outcome is a series of 10 posters and 10 videos. The films tell the amazing story of each collaboration. (Click for images).
We’ll be screening the videos before The Epic of Everest.
Sunday Afternoon Screenings
On 26 January we have the classic Mary Poppins starring Dick Van-Dyke and Julie Andrews and on 23 February we’ll be showing Disney’s latest, Frozen. All films start at 14.30.
Sunday afternoon admission prices are £5.50 – Adults, £3.50 Children (under 16).