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About Us

Lucem House Community Cinema Plus+ is a volunteer-led and run, not-for-profit organisation providing cinema, performance space and meeting rooms for Art, History, Poetry and Reading groups.

Hello, we are Lucem House!

As our name suggests, Lucem House Community Cinema Plus+ really is more than just a cinema. Based in the former Unitarian Chapel at the end of Corporation Street, it is a vibrant and exciting space at the heart of the arts scene in St Helens.

Here's a pic of some Lucem volunteers when we celebrated the late Queens Platinum Anniversary.

With regular screenings from a diverse catalogue of films, professional projection equipment, a huge screen and 50 comfy seats, it truly is a sanctuary for film lovers.

Our prime location in St Helens town centre means we're also perfect for your own film or performance experience, as well as meetings and other functions.

That's us in a nutshell. We look forward to welcoming you to Lucem House.

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Our Mission

Our mission is simple. We want to advance public education and appreciation of the arts, in particular the art of film, by:

  • Providing screenings of independent / international films of artistic merit that are accessible to both the local community and those further afield.

  • Collaborating with community groups to use film as education, social cohesion and personal development in a safe and welcoming environment.

We couldn’t run Lucem House Community Cinema Plus+ without committed volunteers. If you’d like to get involved, please get in touch.

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About Us

Lucem House Community Cinema Plus+ was founded in 2015 in the present venue by Dr Anne Shacklady Smith.

Our aims are:

  • A community cinema to bring independent, international, arthouse and local interest films covering a wide range of genres

  • Provide opportunities for local film makers to screen their work

  • Widen access to the cinema and arts activities

  • Provide a space for community based activities that can be suitably accommodated within the cinema/theatre

  • We are committed to equality of access to all sections of society

  • Sustain Lucem House Community Cinema as an independent community and volunteer led organisation

The Board of Directors:

  • Rose Davis manages the mailing list, volunteer recruitment, film programme and any other admin. Favourite recent film at Lucem House is 'Dance Craze'.

  • Dave Morris oversees the cinema's maintenance and does a bit of everything, bills, film programme, networking, social media, hot dogs. Favourite recent film at Lucem House is 'The Quiet Girl'.

  • Grahame Sykes is in charge of the technical equipment, lighting, sound, film projection. Favourite to be screened at Lucem House soon is 'Blade Runner'.

  • Ste Liptrot manages the licensing of all the films we screen, the older films are more challenging to find the license holders but he always succeeds. Favourite recent film at Lucem House is 'Moonage Daydream'.

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Lucem House is supported by...

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We couldn’t run Lucem House Community Cinema Plus+ without committed volunteers. If you’d like to get involved, we'd love to hear from you!

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