New for 2013, following a successful bid to the National Lottery through the BFI and Creative England, is an on-going programme of Arts Bournemouth pop-up live cinema events, the first of which takes place on the 14th February. A new way to experience and enjoy film, these events bring together film, performance, and live music in some inspired and surprising settings.

Arts Bournemouth has already been commended nationally for playing a pro-active role in stimulating audiences for film and championing the new ways in which film is engaged with by new audiences.

Kerry Curtis, for Arts Bournemouth, says, “We’re bringing back a sense of community and shared experience to cinema-going, something that is often lacking at the multiplex.

“We get a great mix of people that span all ages at our cinema events, we also get people coming from other parts of the country to enjoy these events.”

Councillor Ian Lancashire, Champion for Arts and Culture at Bournemouth Borough Council says, “This is great for the region and follows on from the success of the second Arts by the Sea Festival which took place in October 2012, all this work is driving forward the arts and culture reputation on the town at an international level.”

The first Arts Bournemouth ‘pop-up’ Cinema event of 2013 takes place on 14th February with two screenings, with a difference, of the multi-award winning The Artist (2011) at the retro Pier Theatre, Bournemouth. Find out more and book tickets here.



1.         The BFI was founded in 1933. It is a charity governed by a Royal Charter. The BFI combines cultural, creative and industrial roles, bring together the BFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, film distribution, exhibition at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, publishing and festivals. The BFI awards Lottery funding to film production, distribution, education, audience development and market intelligence and research.

Creative England is a national agency that invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in film, TV, games and digital media. It aims to grow the brightest, the best, and those with the most promise so that individuals and businesses can achieve their full creative and commercial potential. It helps identify future opportunities to grow the economy and generate jobs.

 3.       Arts Bournemouth and Arts Bournemouth Cinema are funded by: Arts Council England, Bournemouth Borough Council, Creative England, BFI, National Lottery.

An 'Usherette' at an Arts Bournemouth Cinema Pop-Up Event.

An ‘Usherette’ at an Arts Bournemouth Cinema Pop-Up Event.



Arts Bournemouth’s screening of Brief Encounter at The Other Cinema