Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Fifty years ago The Castle Cinema in Hackney welcomed its last guests… Let’s give this old picture palace a new lease of life!
Fifty years ago The Castle Cinema in Hackney welcomed its last guests… Let’s give this old picture palace a new lease of life!
663 backers pledged £57,000 to help bring this project to life.

Building updates & a shout out for helping hands!

Posted by Pillow Cinema (Creator)
7 likes

Hey everyone!

Just a quick one to let you know we’re still alive and now well into the build -


We’ve made a few changes to the space -

The entrance to the cinema will be on the external RHS of the Spar, making use of a separate staircase. The interior staircase (which was originally used to enter the restaurant) will be out of action. This has allowed us to create a small office space by building a new wall between the bar and the old entranceway. This is where we’ll store the rack of equipment which will control the projector, audio, lights and play the films on time.

office before
office before

 

office after
office after


We've also added a new door which will provide an alternative exit from the auditorium. We were required to introduce this for building regulations, but it’ll now be easier to nip out to the loo too.

exciting new door
exciting new door


We’ve also had some fancy new automatic lighting installed, the rear fire exit widened and the air con reconnected.

All this activity has caused a disproportionate amount of dust so we’ve started to clean the place up a bit with the help of our lovely housemate Emily...

she loves to clean!
she loves to clean!


...and we’d love a few more helping hands this week! If you’re a dab hand with a mop or just look great in marigolds, give us a shout - hello@thecastlecinema.com

Once the place is looking squeaky clean the next step is painting and we’re hoping to get started next week. If anyone (or if anyone has a friend who) has any experience with decorating then we’d absolutely love to hear from you! Again, just drop us a quick email.

We’re trying our absolute hardest to get things moving as quickly as we can and we’re well aware we said we’d be open by now (again). We really really really want to be open by the end of November so we can welcome you all in for cosy Christmas films and mulled wine and mince pies.

Thank you for being so patient with us. We'll keep the momentum up and loop you all in as much as we can.

Much love, Dee & Ash xo

p.s. We're also posting photo updates on Instagram! Find us @thecastlecinema!

David Wilson, Ian Clayton, and 5 more people like this update.

Comments

Only backers can post comments. Log In