Independent Stourbridge pop-up Friendly Neighbourhood Cinema is taking over a shop at the Ryemarket Shopping Centre for BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND ONLY. Screening a varied programme of family favourites to cult classics with free entry short films and surprises between theatrical shows. Book your tickets and see full announced listings at FNCinema.co.uk/ryemarket.
Toy Story 2, Little Shop of Horrors, Mallrats and John Carpenter’s They Live represent the Consumerists Collection; a selection of main features representing a different facet of consumerism in our culture… whilst just being really good films that’ll screen really well in a shopping centre!
Pop by our pop-up throughout the day for shorts and such too. A very special screening of The Black Country Cowboy from filmmaker Ryan Davis, a documentary focusing on local Stourbridge musical legend, Pete Boddis – followed by a performance and Q&A with the cowboy himself. Stourbridge on Screen: a collection of heritage and archive material from around the region. Independent short films including Birmingham animation studio, Yamination’s newly released 2023 collaboration with the River Action Trust THIS IS S**T.
Popcorn, snacks and refreshments will be available and all goes towards supporting your Friendly Neighbourhood Cinema. Alcohol is being supplied by friends of FNC and independent Stourbridge brewery Green Duck Beer Co. Learn about past/ upcoming FNC shows, buy merch and browse our second-hand DVD store as part of our campaign to keep physical media alive. Take a chance, your new favourite film could be on the shelf just waiting to be discovered!
Friendly Neighbourhood Cinema is a pop-up passion project from Stourbridge local, Daniel Kearns, driven to deliver unique and memorable film screenings to the currently cinema-less community. Collaborating with a variety of local/independent venues, spaces and places. Debuting in 2019 with a screening of Dawn of the Dead in an abandoned, zombie-infested Merry Hill shopping centre. Following up in 2020 by bringing cinema back to King Heath’s historic Kingsway cinema for the first time since it’s close in 1979 – delivering a pandemic-proof outdoor cinema during the peak of the COVID-19 crisis. FNC’s most recent screenings being 2022’s Life of Brian in the altar of St Thomas’ Church and a VHS screening of 80’s cult classic The Lost Boys at Craddock’s The Duke William. See further portfolio, sign up to mailing list and stay up to date with upcoming cin’aningans at FNCinema.co.uk.
Daniel Kearns, FNC Founder, speaking on inspiration for the event:
“The aim is to pop-up in as many different and unique spaces to deliver as varied a programme as possible. This pop-up shop in the Ryemarket is a way of utilising a dormant community space in a creative and interesting way. Shopping centres and cinemas are two industries both heavily affected and reeling from the pandemic, so it’s been great to collaborate in that respect too, as the landscape of the high street threatens to be changed forever it’s great to experiment with something a bit different.”