Putting the whoop in Whoopi Goldberg.
Everybody – meet The Kinematic, we have a feeling you might like them. They’re a new independent cinema arts collective that have just started in Liverpool and they’ve got great plans. They’re going to be taking iconic buildings, that are often sadly disused, and turning them into something special; if just for one night. A series of cinema pop-ups with a heart as all proceeds from tickets, refreshments (we’ve heard tasty rumours there is cake) and drinks will be going towards The Whitechapel Centre, and all they do towards helping end homelessness.
They’re starting with a bang. An absolute classic that is in everyone’s childhood psyche; Sister Act. Not only that, they have the Love & Joy Gospel Choir collaborating with their own house band. Inside the wonderful St Bride’s Church, this sounds like a night not to miss. There will also be a song sheet for anyone who wants to sing along with Whoopi and go lung to lung with her. We have a feeling she might win but we’ll give it a good go. The event is suitable for kids and big kids at heart so take the family.
As previously mentioned the night will be hosted in St Bride’s Church but whatever predispositions you had about a church, this place is doing it differently. From feeding the homeless to providing a safe space for refugees, St Bride’s has a heart bigger than their own grounds. As well as that they host regular Narcotics Anonymous meetings, helping bring those who have struggled with addiction together. Their values are beautiful and their timetable is hectic but you’ll struggle to find a more progressive and creative church than this.
The Kinematic was started by Lucy Gonzales and Alex MacDonald, who collectively have over 15 years collective experience of working in a cinema, from working up from front of house to projectionists and cinema managers. Over the years, they have joined us in witnessing many beautiful buildings in Liverpool become disused and decrepit- many of them old cinemas. Their aim is to bring an element of cult cinema with a fun party and sticky carpet back to Liverpool.
We caught up with them:
“Liverpool is the most filmed city outside of London, so why can’t it be a cinema city too? There are the beginnings of independent cinematic activity in the city, with The Plaza in Crosby, The Woolton Picturehouse, The Small Cinema, Route 66 Drive In Cinema, and the pop-up screenings Independent Liverpool do and we want to be a leading part of this. We want to integrate into the independent scene and work with local artists, musicians and creatives to create something wonderful, memorable and with a direct impact on our society. Liverpool is blossoming into a golden era of creativity and independent businesses, and we see cinema is a vital part of this culture. Our vision for The Kinematic is to open a permanent building with a creative and innovative film program. A cinema run by cinephiles for cinephiles”
Raising money for such a good cause has never sounded so fun. Snap your tickets up here.