While sterilised MediaCityUK represents the corporate soul of Salford Quays, the creative independent heart of the city remains outside of the Peel Holdings empire. And none more so that at the Black Lion pub on Chapel Street, which has just declared itself as such…
"We're the real Media City" says Mark Ashmore, director of Future Artists, which runs the Black Lion "We're a family pub with a long history in local music and literature. My fellow director, Jenny Inchbald and myself want to carry on the tradition by updating it with a cinema. Plus our landlord Barry is a proud Salfordian."
Future Artists took over the Black Lion in September last year (see previous Salford Star story for full background) and aimed to make the pub a venue for theatre, cinema and more, where "the coffee will fund the Salford artists…"
Now, with the opening of a new HD cinema and surround sound system in the nicely named John Cooper Clarke Theatre, that dream is coming even more true as legendary movie screeners Kino holds regular cinema nights there, Future Artists has its own Film Club movies and others are hiring the venue for special showings…
…Like, on the 13th and 14th July there is a special Pop Up Cinema showing of the fab film Town of Runners, a well acclaimed feature length documentary about the fortunes of young athletes from the Ethiopian rural town of Bekoji, home to the Olympic and World champions. And all proceeds from the screenings will go towards Ethiopian children's charity Retrak.
"The background is that I wanted to see the film, but found that it was not being shown anywhere locally - the nearest cinema was in North Wales - so I thought I could host a screening myself and that's how I came across The Black Lion – great venue!" says Steve Thomas, Head of Finance for Retrak "It also made sense that all proceeds from the screening could go to help kids in Ethiopia, through Retrak."
Town of Runners
Black Lion, 63 Chapel Street, Salford M3 5BZ
Tickets: £5 (plus booking fee)
Friday 13th July: 7.30pm (film starts 8pm)
Saturday 14th July: 3.30pm (starts 4pm) and 7.30pm (starts 8pm)
Information and Tickets: www.retrak.org
Call 0161 485 6685 for further information
For full details of the film click here
FUTURE ARTISTS FILM CLUB
We Are Poets
Tuesday 3rd July 7:45pm
Leeds teenagers go to the States to take on yank slam poets with politically charged words in this fly on the guy documentary, hailed by I-D mag as "ultra cool"…
Marina Abromavic – The Artist Is Present
Tuesday 10th July 7:45pm
Documentary insight into the inspirational performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective exhibition of her work at New York's Museum of Modern Art…
Both films are being shown in the John Cooper Clarke Room, upstairs at the Black Lion, 65 Chapel Street, Salford M3 5BZ
Tickets: £5 or Homemade dinner and a movie: £10
You can buy tickets behind the bar or at http://futureartistsfilmclub.eventbrite.com/
KINO SHORTS presents…
WOMEN IN SHORTS
Wednesday 11th July 7:30pm (for a 7:50pm start)
A mini fest of short films by female film-makers.
For more details e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Or check out the facebook page – click here