Welcome to the newest peice of common land in the city! WE OWN THE BUILDING! ('we' is anyone who gets involved in this completely open, horizontalist organization)
are some of the thoughts about the future that have been shared by
people building and volunteering as we look forward to opening:
The S&S will now be open during the day bringing the opportunity for you to organise, participate and volunteer at daytime events and projects.
Sloping ramps instead of steps, fully accessible toilet, "changing places loo" with straps and hoists for people with profound disabilities. The projection booth will be fully wheelchair accessible, as will the whole building. We also plan to have a hearing loop installed.
More Regular Screenings and
Both the cinema and the venue space will be fully sound-proofed. We were restricted in the old building to only holding one event at a time due to noise. We can now hold events simultaneously in both rooms. Including day time.
Digital Screenings (DCP)
Although we love real film, we have got a DCP setup finally. We can show an ever increasing variety of films this way, and using the clever open source DCP-o-matic software, "can create a DCp from almost anything"
16mm and 35mm Film Projection
Celluloid film is where the true heart of cinema beats. Our 16mm and 35mm projectors, which have been lovingly stored, are going to ignite their xenon spirits once again.
Music Recording Studio
Blank Studios, who will be leasing part of our building from us, will provide their facilities for S&S use 2 days per month. Providing opportunities for training, music recording and experimentation for anyone interested.
Yes there will be one but it is not yet established how it will be run. Will it be volunteer run or outsourced to an external barista?.
Children and families
Day time opening means children’s programming will now be possible. Family friendly events for all you carers/parents to get stuck into.
Meeting rooms will be available as well as hiring out the cinema and venue space for events. You can propose an event as a private hire/ public event.
We will continue to remain cheap and accessible no matter what your income.
We will continue to be that alternative to the mainstream showing the types of films and events that do not happen at other venues around Newcastle.