Cochrane to attend launch of Open Cinema initiative in Belfast

Alliance East Belfast MLA Judith Cochrane will attend the official opening of the new OPEN CINEMA venture at Redeemer Central Church in Belfast, on Thursday 16th May, a community cinema serving those most at risk of exclusion within our society.

Open Cinema is an award-winning network of community cinemas for the homeless and socially disadvantaged, where each week participants have the opportunity to watch the best in contemporary cinema as well as work with professional filmmakers to create films of their own.

The Open Cinema philosophy is that people excluded from society need the benefits of culture as much as information and food, and so in effect Open Cinema takes film to people at the margins, and brings them and their aspirations to the centre of cultural life.

Speaking in advance of the event, Judith Cochrane MLA said: “It is remarkable that in the eight short years since its inception, Open Cinema has already created almost 30 film clubs in some of the most challenged communities in the UK and Ireland, and now at long last Belfast can also play its part in this unique cultural experience. I must also commend the vision and commitment of Redeemer Central Church in Belfast, without whose support the venture may not have been possible.”

The inaugural event will take place this Thursday 16th May, at 101 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FJ. If you are interested in attending, please email for more information.


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