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“You need a bit of laughter and comedy in your life. People get down in the dumps and this cheers you up. It’s a good meeting point…some people come here because they have nowhere else to go.”John (OC Member at St. Patrick’s)

OPEN CINEMA is a film studio for low-income communities. We coordinate a national network of film clubs for excluded people, a participatory filmmaking programme, and make films for cross-sector organisations advocating on issues of social or environmental importance. 

Since 2009 we have launched 32 community cinemas in some of the most challenged communities in the UK and Ireland. These have welcomed over 15,000 individual admissions, produced 34 films, and received over 175 experts from the film industry, from universities and companies in a dynamic range of fields. 

Welcome to the website. You can follow us via the links below, or get in touch on the Contact page, to find out how we can help achieve the goals of your community and advance the lives of your participants.


Watch this short video about Open Cinema to learn more