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Your Christmas Celebration Destination

Your Christmas Celebration Destination

The Castle is the perfect Christmas celebration destination. Work party? Family treat? Whatever you’re looking for, we’re the festive night out you need! Watch a film, enjoy a glass of mulled wine or mulled cider and a mince pie. Glorious. We’ll melt away those winter blues. It’s super simple… Choose from our list of films: It’s a Wonderful Life Elf Die Hard Love Actually Home Alone Choose a screen & start time

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We're recruiting! Are you our super-duper Supervisor?

We're recruiting! Are you our super-duper Supervisor?

Supervisor - Job Description The Castle Cinema is an independent community cinema in Hackney, and the reincarnation of one of London’s earliest cinemas! Built in 1913 as The Castle Electric Theatre, the original cinema closed in 1958 but re-opened in 2017 after a successful crowdfunding campaign. With two beautiful screens and a stunning bar, we’re passionate about great films, delicious refreshments and genuine service, and want a trip to The Castle to be remarkable for all three.

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We're recruiting! Maintenance & Compliance Administrator

We're recruiting! Maintenance & Compliance Administrator

Maintenance & Compliance Administrator - Job Description The Castle Cinema is an independent community cinema in Hackney, and the reincarnation of one of London’s earliest cinemas! Built in 1913 as The Castle Electric Theatre, the original cinema closed in 1958 but re-opened in 2017 after a successful crowdfunding campaign. Since then we’ve built strong ties to the community, working hard to ensure we’re serving everyone’s needs. With two beautiful screens and a stunning bar, we’re passionate about great films, delicious refreshments and genuine service, and want a trip to The Castle to be remarkable for all three.

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We're recruiting! Could you be our next Duty Manager?

We're recruiting! Could you be our next Duty Manager?

Duty Managers are responsible for the day to day management of The Castle Cinema, ensuring an outstanding customer experience. They open and close the building, run the cinema’s daily operations, lead the Front of House (FOH) and Supervisor team, ensure excellent customer service, and are accountable for areas of delegated responsibilities - assisting Senior Managers and Directors in a wide range of daily, weekly and ad-hoc tasks. Job title: Duty Manager

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Introduction to 16mm - sign up now!

Introduction to 16mm - sign up now!

As you may know, we regularly host film screenings by the local group Ciné-Real, run by filmmaker Liam Saint-Pierre and projectionist Ümit Mesut, who runs a terrific vintage film shop on Lower Clapton Road. What makes these screenings special is that unlike the majority of our shows, which are digitally projected, these are shown on vintage 16mm prints, the medium-gauge format that’s higher quality than 8mm home movie film but more portable than the 35mm format that was used in most cinemas in the age of physical film.

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A breath of fresh air!

A breath of fresh air!

We’ve recently completed the installation of new HVAC (heating, ventilating & air conditioning) systems in both auditoriums. The main reason for the change was to incorporate MVHR - Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery. An MVHR system offers significant benefits in terms of increased comfort, lower energy costs and reduced carbon emissions. These ventilation systems are designed to ensure the cinema enjoys continuous fresh, clean air whilst retaining most of the energy that has already been used in heating or cooling the space to a comfortable temperature.

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Ticket to ride

Ticket to ride

Our ticket prices are changing on Friday 1st October, 2021. In general there will be a £1 increase, though there are some exceptions, detailed below. Why now? This is the first time we have updated our prices since the cinema opened in 2017. We have recently provided a pay rise to our team, and have made a commitment to review this again before the end of the year, following this price rise, with the aim of reaching London Living Wage.

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Introducing monthly dementia-friendly screenings!

Introducing monthly dementia-friendly screenings!

We’re so excited to start our regular, monthly, dementia-friendly screenings! They’ll take place every second Wednesday of the month. The film will start at 11am, and our cafe and facilities will be open from 10am for early arrivals, tea, coffee & cake! You can book tickets here. And as with all our accessible screenings, carers go free. We’re a dementia-friendly venue and all our staff have been dementia trained via the Alzheimer’s Society.

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Introducing relaxed autism-friendly screenings

Introducing relaxed autism-friendly screenings

We’re very excited to announce the introduction of relaxed autism-friendly screenings - every second Sunday of the month at 11am! These offer a chance to see films in a relaxed environment and are open to everyone to attend, but are especially for those with autism or others with sensory needs, as well as their friends, family and carers. Read our social story which can be used to see the venue before your visit.

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Masks & Social Distancing... COVID Precautions (Updated)

Masks & Social Distancing... COVID Precautions (Updated)

Castle COVID-19 precautions We know how much everyone loves a COVID-19 update… Social distancing in screens: We will be hosting both socially distanced and full capacity screenings as part of a controlled, phased move back to being a full capacity venue. We are closely monitoring our screenings and any feedback from guests and staff. Currently we are trialling different ways of identifying which screening is socially distanced or not, but it will always be clear on the website and when booking in person.

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The beginning of a beautiful friendship!

The beginning of a beautiful friendship!

Welcome to the Castle Cinema blog! Imagine the smell of freshly made popcorn, maybe a glass of delicious wine or a mug of Dark Arts coffee. That’s right… consider this blog an equivalent addition to the cinema experience, albeit a digital version that you can’t eat. Honestly, stop licking your screen now. Why a blog? There are many reasons we wanted to begin this project. In part it’s providing a space for information that doesn’t fit on the website.

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Competition: Another Round

Competition: Another Round

WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS + COCKTAILS We LOVE Another Round. It stars the brilliant Mads Mikkelsen who plays a teacher that, along with some friends, decides to get drunk and stay that way, to see if it makes them more productive. There is some strong dancing. To celebrate the film, we’re offering a pair of tickets and a cocktail from our list for each attendee. For your chance to win, let us know the ingredients you would use for a cocktail called ‘The Castle’.

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