Established in 2012, West Side Cinema offers the edge of world cinema in a relaxed and social atmosphere – themed music, cabaret style table seating and a ‘bring your own’ policy. We screen short films with every feature film: fiction and documentary from around the world.
We have a loyal audience and reputation for high quality and engaging programming. Our event driven model has brought filmmakers and screenwriters to Orkney, delivered quality workshops and talks free of charge, and collaborations with local festivals, organisations and businesses.
We are voluntary run and depend on the enormous amount of free time and dedication given by the committee and others in the community.
In 2017 we piloted Orkney’s first ever film festival and in 2018 launched the FILM FOCUS FESTIVAL which will now become a calendar event. In 2017 we ran a touring community cinema initiative giving unique film access and support to Orkney’s remote outer isles. 2018 saw our first Awards For All funding for a Young Film Programmers project, teaching participants how to set up and run community cinemas.
See What’s On Now
See our posters of previous screenings
To date we’ve welcomed –
Directors: John Maclean (Slow West), Ian Sellar (Venus Peter), Martin Radich (Norfolk)
Short Filmmakers: Elizabeth Hobbs, Finlay Pretsell, Ewan Stewart, Callum Rice, The Singh Twins, Colin Kirkpatrick, Mark Jenkins.
Authors: Rachel Seiffert, Gavin Francis, David W Earl.
Actors: Bill Murray (Isle Of Dogs), Gerda Stephenson (Blue, Black Permanent).
Musicians: Jason Singh, R.M. Hubbard (Hubby), The Driftwood Cowboys, James Watson, Hotscotch, Dave Linklater, Orkney Camerata.
We feature in 51 Brilliant Independent Cinemas in the UK (Den of Geek)
‘One of my favourites on this list. A not for profit voluntary run enterprise, West Side Cinema dedicates itself to showing the types of films normally confined to the film festivals of the world. They regularly go above and beyond to unearth gems that it would be impossible to track down for audiences, and screen them all together with short films. They also provide candle-lit tables and operate a bring your own policy. In short, this is cinema heaven in some of the most gorgeous scenery in Britain’. Nick Horton
Find us in the Cinema For All Scottish Starter Pack citing case studies on ways to start up a film society/cinema.
In 2015 we were nominated for ‘Best Film Programming’ at the Cinema For All Film Society Of The Year Awards.
We use a unique scoring system – the PING-PONGOMETER. Take a look at our audience scores.
And check out our latest News.
West Side Cinema is a charity registered in Scotland, Charity Number SC046126.
You can download a copy of our constitution here: