A boutique cinema has opened in Hackney in a theatre that last showed a movie almost 60 years ago

Asher Charman © Rowena Bond
King of the Castle: cinema co-reviver Ash Charman greets a Valentine’s Day audience
Castle Cinema Clapton/Homerton Hackney © Rowena Bond
Ease be seated: the small auditorium has been fitted with comfortable chairs

FROM THIS weekend, Hackney’s two cinemas, the Picturehouse and Rio, will be joined by a third. On Friday 3 February 2017 the likely Oscar-winner La La Land will launch the single-screen Castle on to a wave of daily screenings.

The Homerton venue has been reopened, with crowdfunding support, by Asher Charman and Danielle Swift,  Pillow Cinema and Hot Tub Cinema fame.

To screen again: the Castle cinema opened just before World War I and closed in 1958 Pic © Trashworld
Early incarnation of the Castle Cinema. It closed in 1958. Pic © Trashworld

It occupies an upstairs corner section of the Spa store, Eat17 restaurant and bar in Chatsworth Road E5. It was a movie-house but closed almost 60 years ago.

Charman says: “We’re showing films every day, and we’ll be ramping up with more, including daytime and parent-and-baby sessions in the weeks to come.”

Tickets are competitively priced, as is membership, which ranges from £25 a year and includes two tickets. The bar will sell snacks and drinks.

Nightspot Cinema X The Funk and Soul Weekender is another entrant to the movie-going  boom. A one-off  screening of Jackie Brown followed by some disc-spinning happens on Friday 24 February 2017 at Mick’s Garage, Queen’s Yard, Hackney E9 5EN, 7pm-2am, £10-£22 plus so-called booking fee.

Castle Cinema bar Clapton/Homerton Hackney © Rowena Bond
Love is in the hair: a couple get in the Valentine’s Day mood at the Castle Cinema

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* The Castle Cinema is at 64 Brooksby’s Walk, Hackney (Homerton or Clapton: you decide) E9 6DF.

* Backstory: Cinema gets the crowdfundingEat17’s Walthamstow startRio might become a miniplex; Multimillion-pound Hackney giveawayLost Clapton cinema 

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