Portsmouth’s iconic and independent No.6 cinema returns after a well deserved Summer break, bigger and better then ever for the new year! With an upcoming selection of world cinema masterpieces, art house gems, British comedies, and family favourites, there is something for everyone in the new programme.
Perhaps the most exciting event that No.6 has to offer this season, is a talk with world renowned film critic Mark Kermode. He will be presenting his stage show Hatchet Job – Love Movies, Hate Critics, to a sold out audience of cinephiles, film students, and budding film buffs! Tickets for this event sold out within a few short weeks, and it is undoubtedly the event that film fans all over Portsmouth are talking about.
Something new to No.6 this season is the introduction of a loyalty card. The customers come first at No. 6 because, without them, the cinema would not be able to run. All proceeds from sales go back into the cinema so that the cinema can offer more to every valued customer. That is why with a loyalty card, those people who are regulars can get something back – with every 9 points, they will receive a free ticket to a film of their choice.
Why visit No.6? Well, with the biggest screen on the South coast offering superb picture and sound quality, customers are sure to get the most from the films they watch, and feel fully immersed in the story, just as the director intended. The cinema is independent, and everyone who works there is a volunteer. Unlike cinema chains where the primary focus is the profit, the volunteers at No.6 all absolutely love film, and want to provide a sophisticated and relaxed atmosphere where cinephiles can get together and talk over a couple of drinks or snacks from our bar.
Situated in Portsmouth’s historic dockyard, which is the oldest dry dock in the world, and was one of the filming locations for 2013 blockbuster 3 time Oscar winner Les Miserables (Tom Hooper), the cinema oozes a notable sense of majesty and history. The buildings of the dockyard are old, the streets are even older, and the action stations where the cinema is situated is the perfect location for screenings. Inside the cinema is a relaxed bar with a light soundtrack playing in the background, and there are usually things for sale, including film posters. Furthermore, the cinema is usually decorated with origami flowers, paper chains, and bunting, all made from film posters that have ornamented the No.6 Cinema walls, and all made by the wonderful volunteers at No.6.
I have volunteered at the cinema for over a year now, and can say with all sincerity that No.6 is one of the hotspot must visit locations of Portsmouth, and it is well worth a trip there. Tickets are well priced, and all the money spent at the cinema helps to keep it running so that we the volunteers can keep on offering every customer more, and bring even more events to keep this a truly unique, enjoyable and memorable place to watch films.
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