St Leonard's Film Society is a volunteer-led organisation committed to the idea of cinema for all. It is our aim to show good quality films at fair prices in easily accessible venues. There is lots more information about the organisation contained within the pages of this site, so have a look around. To get back to this Homepage just click our banner at the top of the page.





We have made the decision to stop our regular screenings in St Leonards, which we have run since the beginning of 2010. we're delighted that there is now a dedicated cinema in Central St Leonards but this, along with venue issues, has meant that we needed to have a rethink about our cinematic provision.

Following our 6-month pop-up cinema in the iconic Observer Building, which finished in Spring 2016, we will continue to focus on pop-up/collaborative events for the foreseeable future. We will also be working on our outdoor screenings, festival and charitable work. Check out the PROGRAMME section of this site or our FACEBOOK page for future event updates.


2015/16 SEASON

We are delighted to announce that we will be part of the soon-to-be-reopened Observer Building in Hastings. The former home of FJ Parsons' Observer newspapers, the building has stood empty and neglected in the centre of Hastings for almost 30 years. Local pop-up events company, Dublin + Holland, was given permission by the developer, Flint Development Group Ltd, to use the space while they seek planning permission for student housing.

Dawn Dublin and Erika Holland, the team behind Dublin + Holland, really are a dynamic duo, juggling work, events, their respective families (they have 5 kids between them) and helping to run the PTA at their kids' school. The duo believe that they can create a vibrant arts and community space to showcase local talent and support local makers and start-ups.

"We'd been looking for a suitable empty space in St Leonards for a few years with no success", said Dawn Dublin. "We were delighted that Jeff Kirby, CEO of Flint Group, liked our proposal enough to allow us to use the Observer Building. It's obviously a much larger project that we had planned and a bit further away than we'd wanted, but the chance to try and revive a long-term empty building and create an amazing space for the local and wider community was too big an opportunity to pass up! Our plan is to bring together lots of the amazingly creative people in this town and offer them the opportunity to help create a unique community arts venue in a unique and important building."

Their project launches on Friday, August 28th with the Coastal Currents After Party from 8pm. Come along on the launch weekend to see what's going on and visit our Deckchair Cinema:



We are extremely grateful to our small band of volunteers who regularly lend their time and energy to the St Leonards Film Society. Each year we require volunteers to employ their skills at our various screening venues, whether that's engaging with the public front-of-house, acting as 'roadies' with equipment set-up, web design, or helping out with a variety of administrative tasks. And this autumn we hope to run film-production workshops and offer an outdoor screening programme around our local community, so we're definitely going to require more assistance. If you think you can help us, or for more information, please email:



We currently have 3 large projection screens for both indoor and outdoor (see photo) events. Our AV equipment is capable of performing for up to 350 people and we also have superb HD projectors (one with 3D) that are available for hire at very reasonable rates.

Our efforts to make film more accessible means we are able to offer a mobile service using our smaller, more portable equipment and we can also arrange private screenings at our current venues.

So if you are an organisation / individual interested in organising an outdoor/indoor screening please contact our friendly team of volunteers at:



For regular updates about screenings/events send us an e-mail with the word "SUBSCRIBE" in the 'subject' line. Alternatively, keep an eye on this website and local listings, or check out our Facebook page.



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