Independent Cinema

Independent Cinemas in the UK (excl. London)

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This page lists the wide variety of UK screening venues, including: arts centres, film and video clubs, independent cinemas, galleries and museums. These venues are listed because they have experience showing artists moving image work.

Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA
Tel:0117 917 2300 |
Re-opened in 2005 after re-development and expansion, Arnolfini boasts a wide range of facilities and spaces over its four floors. They have an internationally acclaimed programme which includes visual arts exhibitions, live art and performance, as well as dance and cinema and a series talks and lectures. 

Castlefield Gallery, 2 Hewitt Street, Knott Mill, Manchester MI5 4GB
Tel:0161 832 8034 |
PureScreen is Castlefield Gallery's regular screening event for artist's film and video. The programme provides a platform for outstanding recent work and aims to support new and emergent practitioners and curators. Following a recent Arts Council award, they also provide concise listings of information to help create, promote and develop artists' film and video in the north east.

Centre for Contemporary Arts(CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD
Tel:0141 352 4900 |
CCA is committed to presenting a challenging and diverse artistic and educational programme across art forms. The programme focuses on three key areas: visual arts, contemporary music and film, while also remaining committed to presenting dance, performance and spoken word through ongoing partnerships with other organisations in the city and beyond.

Chapter Cardiff, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1QE
Tel:029 2030 4400 (Box Office) / 029 2031 1050 (Administration) |
Chapter is one of Europe's largest and most dynamic arts centres with cinemas, theatres, exhibition spaces, studios, café and over 60 cultural workspaces. Chapter has an international reputation for excellence, innovation and collaboration. They offer an ever-changing programme of performance, films and exhibitions from Wales and from around the world.

The Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 5NH
Tel:0161 200 1500 (Box Office) / 0161 228 7621 (Administration) |
Cornerhouse is Greater Manchester's international centre for contemporary visual arts and film. Located in the heart of Manchester, the centre has 3 floors of contemporary art galleries, 3 cinema screens, a bar, café and bookshop. Cornerhouse also operates an international publications service distributing visual arts books and catalogues.

The Cube Microplex, 4 Princess Row, Kingsdown, Bristol BS2 8NQ
Tel:0117 907 4190 |  
The Cube Microplex, for the past 6 years, has played host to an astounding set of entertaining activities and is run by a group of voluntary artists-workers-enthusiasts. The Cube works hard at presenting cinema (35mm, 16mm, Super 8, video and digital), music (acoustic, electric and half-amped), Burlesque in full 3D, discussions, secret and overt community groups.

DartingtonARTS, The Barn, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6DE
Tel:01803 847070 (Box Office) / 01803 847074 (Administration)
DartingtonARTS runs a year-round programme of music, dance and contemporary performance, theatre and film on the historic Dartington Hall Estate.

Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DY
Tel:01382 909 252 / 258 | 
DCA is an internationally renowned centre for contemporary arts. DCA has five floors of galleries, cinemas, artists facilities, education resources, the University of Dundee Visual Research Centre and a cafe bar.

Edinburgh Film House, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ
Tel:0131 228 2688 (Box Office) / 0131 228 2689 (Programme Information)
The Film House is Edinburgh's largest independent cinema with 3 screens dedicated to independent film, world cinema, documentaries and specialist seasons and festivals.

FACT(Foundation for Art and Creative Technology)
88 Wood Street, Liverpool L1 4DQ
Tel:0151 7074450 |
A registered charity, FACT is a leading organisation for the development, support and exhibition of film, video and new and emerging media. Fact has commissioned and presented over 100 digital media artworks with artists including Mark Wallinger, Barbara Kruger, Tony Oursler and Isaac Julien.

Falmouth Arts Centre
24 Church Street, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3EG
Tel:01326 314 566 |
Falmouth Arts Centre comprises a cinema and 3 exhibition spaces as well as presenting live music and theatre.

Glasgow Film Theatre
12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB
Tel:0141 332 8128 | 
Glasgow Film Theatre is one of the largest and most acclaimed independent, specialist cinemas in the UK. The cinema plays a major role in the cultural life of Glasgow through its international programme on two screens of film, video and television.

Hull Film
Suite 12, Danish Buildings, 44-46 High Street, Hull HU1 1PS
Tel:01482 381 512
Hull Film is dedicated to the exhibition and creation of short film as a crucial art form in its own right. Since 2001, Hull Film has been responsible for the Hull International Short Film Festival, which acts as a showcase of short film. Hull Film has been active in programming a multitude of screenings, lectures, master classes and educational events in the city in collaboration with various venues. Hull Film is also committed to promoting new work and developing critical discussion as well as developing the Hull Film Study Collection in association with the University of Lincoln.

Leeds Film
Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AD
Tel:0113 247 8389 
Leeds Film organises a broad and diverse programme of cultural film at venues across the city. In addition to the year-roundLeeds Film Quarterand education programmes, it delivers the annualLeeds International Film Festival(November) and Leeds Young People's Film Festival (Easter). Recently they established the Leeds Film Quarter, a new program of year round screenings of diverse and challenging cinema from around the world.

Monarch House, Queen Street, Leeds LS1 1LX
Tel:0113 246 9850 |
Lumen is a Leeds based not-for-profit arts organisation with a national and international reputation for producing challenging, high quality arts programmes. Lumen's activities include the operation of an AV equipment hire resource, technical consultancy and the development of an artistic programme which generates learning and educational resources. Central to Lumen's artistic programme is the production of Evolution for the Leeds International Film Festival which each year brings together international artists, film-makers and curators for a programme of screenings, lectures, live performances and exhibitions.

Nottingham Broadway
14 - 18 Broad Street, Nottingham NG1 3AL
Tel:0115 952 6600
Fax:0115 952 6622
Broadway is the East Midland's flagship cinema and production house with an established national and international reputation for film exhibition, production and festivals.

Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2BX
Tel:0114 275 7727 |  
One of the largest independent cinemas in Britain, comprising four small cinemas, Showroom is dedicated to providing regional audiences with access to an extensive programme of international and independent film and media. The Showroom film programme offers a range of international and independent releases, archive screenings, special seasons, touring festivals, shorts, documentaries and locally produced films.

Side Cinema 
1 - 3 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3JE
Tel:0191 232 2208 |
Opened as a debate cinema in 1977 and run by Amber film & photography collective, its programme is largely focused on independent and world cinema, often linked to Amber's commitment to documentary and engaged social realism. Side Cafe provides a space for informal discussions before and after screenings.

1 Canon's Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS15TX
Tel:0117 927 6444 | 
Watershed is the south west's leading media centre for the digital age, providing opportunities for all to experience, enjoy and learn about contemporary moving image media. The programme of feature films, video, digital media, courses and events is presented in three cinemas, three event suites and online. For more information about Watershed's current redevelopment programme see their website.

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