Free hand built cinema in Moston

Small cinema during the building phase Photo:

A cinema in Manchester, built and staffed almost entirely by volunteers, opens it's doors for the first time this weekend.

It's hoped "A Small Cinema Moston", to give it it's full name, will not only provide an alternative to expensive multiplexes, but thrive as a community centre as well.

It's taken 8 weeks to build with labour, materials and even the cinema seats donated by local businesses and volunteers. It's a permanent 70-seater cinema space with a nine day festival of screenings and events in a former miners washhouse in Moston, North Manchester.

First screening Credit: ITV Granada

Moston Festival of Film will feature archive films of North Manchester from the North West Film Archive, cult classics, local documentaries, family matinées and even a screening especially for knitting fans to bring along their needles.

All events and screenings are free but booking will be required.