Cinema around the Corner co-programmes and tours film with local communities, popping up in temporary cinema spaces designed and made with and by communities, just around the corner. It also runs a programme at the Continental, hosts a young programmers project, and delivers BFI national programming activity.

The overall Cinema Around the Corner project has developed from occasional programming in unusual spaces across the city, to incorporate a wide range of cinema activity for different audiences. It has its roots in engaging communities and working towards community cohesion through co-programming, developing and delivering film events.


The Cinema Around the Corner Film Club

The Cinema Around the Corner Film Club brings fortnightly screenings of great cinema from all over the world to the film lovers of Preston.

Held every other Tuesday at The Continental, the club is designed to bring regular film screenings to local people whilst also encouraging members of the club to get involved in the programming. Each week three films are chosen from the club’s suggestion box and then voted for by the club – determining what the next screening will be.  For £3.50 subscription per screening, you are invited to come and experience an array of cinematic delights, suggested, selected and chosen by you the Cinema Around the Corner Film Club. Past screenings have included Wild Tales Directed by Damian Szifron and 8 1/2 directed by Federco Fellini

See the posters for the screenings to date here



They Eat Culture in partnership with Creative Lancashire are presenting a series of Screen Opps events across Lancashire. We are looking at what’s around at the moment, potential to develop more of a screen industry in Lancashire, and what that means when you’re working in the industry. You’ll be able to access development sessions and talks from regional, national, and international screen specialists. This includes ‘Show and Tell’ sessions providing space for feedback on work in progress. From indie film to digital agencies to transmedia to event & marketing moving image to broadcast commissions to artists film, we’re finding out what would help you develop your work here in Lancashire.

Our most recent Screen Opps event Glory (Jan 2017) was part of BFI Black Star is the UK’s biggest ever season of film dedicated to celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors in some of the finest performances ever committed to film. We hosted a conversation around diversity alongside creative practice, broadcast, writing & screen-art, with a special focus on a black voice perspective as part of the Black Star programme as a round table event.


Read more about past happenings and up an coming Screen Opps events  here


Young Programmers

Read more about our work with Young Programmers in 2012 & 2016  here


Foxton Centre Screenings with Cinema for All

Working in conjunction with Cinema for All and in programme consultation with the Foxton centre clients, we delivered a season of screenings at The Foxton Centre. The events have brought people together for all the groups that use the centre, not only for entertainment but in some instances it has facilitated conversation about  their own experiences that run parallel to film thematics. We hope to extend the programe as it has had such a positive impact on individuals.
Read more about the Foxton programme here


Roald Dahl on film

Film Hub Wales and Chapter as Film Hub Lead Organisations for The British Film Institute in Wales, have put together a major, UK-wide programme designed to celebrate the most magnificent Welsh storyteller, Roald Dahl.

They Eat Culture are working on a programme of events across the city with local partners,  including outdoor movie screenings, short films,  workshops, tie in events, and films programmed by our Young Programmers group.

read more here


Director Spotlight 

Ben Wheatley Double-Header (2016)

Exploring where the High-Rise/Sightseers/Kill List director comes from, and his place on the screen. Screenings presented alongside introductions from screen industry specialists / filmmakers.

A Field in England – film screening & Q&A with screen industry specialists

Ben Wheatley’s Down Terrace (18) with specially recorded Intro for our event by Ben Wheatley himself.


‘Cinema on the Steps’ at the Harris Flights Festival (Sept 2013)

In partnership with BFI, Preston City Council, the Harris Museum & Art Gallery and In Certain Places. The film programme was curated by the public via our ‘people’s choice’ social media voting system and included an immersive version of Ghostbusters for family day, classic comedy, horror and a live soundtrack by local band Evil Blizzard tailored to a specially edited archive short film commissioned by TEC.

“Fabulous, communal cinema event in a great location can’t be beat. We need more events like this, Preston is perfect for off-beat strangeness! “ Dave

Cinema Around the Corner with friends of Fishwick & St Matthew’s (Dec 2013)

Cinema Around the Corner provided ‘local’ pop-up cinema and associated events in Fishwick and St Matthew’s (at St Matthew’s Mission), and worked specifically with the groups already embedded within the community, on film programming in an area under-served in specialized/independent film exhibition and screen heritage.

The project piloted community activation of cinema in Lancashire: using knowledge and learning from TEC’s recent Preston film projects, our community development work, and wider sector learning. It drew on established community organisations and volunteer networks – and specialist skills – to provide evidenced and evaluated models applicable elsewhere, alongside legacy for increased audiences and film engagement in under-served areas and communities.

By working closely with Friends of Fishwick and St Matthew’s with the aid of a Quick Win grant through the Big Local Initiative, TEC extended its reach and partnered with 12 local groups on co-programming film, and 15 groups to programme workshops and talks, to run 5 days of themed screenings and events at the heart of the community.

“There used to be three cinemas in this area in the past, now there are none,  and the nearest one is two bus rides away. Also there are not many families in our area now, who can afford the £30 – £40 cost of a visit to these new multiscreen cinemas of today.”
Bob Fletcher, Treasurer, Friends of Fishwick & St Matthew’s

Read about the BFI Love film season screening at The Harris Museum and Art Gallery here

Read  about Vintage Film at Guild 2012

Read about TEC’s Continental Film Programme






“Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places” – Roald Dahl