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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.

Let the screenings begin!

Posted by Pillow Cinema (Creator)

It’s amazing to think that less than a year ago we launched this Kickstarter to bring The Castle Cinema back to life… and now we’re announcing our first proper screenings!!!

The new website has just gone live ( and you can buy tickets for any of our first week of shows, starting this Friday (3rd Feb).

We’re showing films every day, and we’ll be ramping up with more (including daytime / parent and baby) in the weeks to come.

The bar will be open with tasty drinks and snacks, so feel free to pop-in anytime from the 3rd and say hi!

Film selection

We’ve spent this past month building relationships with film distributors, and getting our heads round the many unwritten rules of licensing new films. With more than 25 different organisations responsible for the different titles it’s taken a while, but we’re getting there!

With the BAFTAs and Oscars both coming up, there’s loads of great films to choose from. We’ve kicked off our first week with the awards magnet La La Land and M. Night Shyamalan’s Split (with a great performance from James McAvoy), alongside a couple of personal favourites from the past couple of months - Captain Fantastic & I, Daniel Blake. We’ll be introducing new films (and older titles) every week, so hopefully there’ll be something for everyone.


Membership / ticket rewards have now been set up. All backers who’ve completed the survey have now been added to the system and should have received an email with login information. You can now access your tickets, discounts, and other benefits via the website and at the box office! (We will be doing membership cards and these will be available to collect from the box office soon.)

If you haven’t received the login information or the survey, just drop us an email (

These first couple of weeks are a bit of a “soft launch” as there are still lots of important details (lion face, on-screen thank yous, supporter ads, curator slots, etc) to work out. And don’t think we’ve forgotten the launch parties - we’re going to start planning them soon and you’ll be the first to know more.

Thank you all so much for sharing this adventure. Can’t wait for the next chapter to begin!

Much love, Ash & Dee xx

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