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’ drink and snacks policy.

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We screen films fortnightly on Saturdays apart from the months of June, July and August when we screen monthly on the first Saturday of the month. Doors open 7:15 PM for a 7:45 PM start, usually with a short film before the feature. Check our upcoming programme to plan your next visit.


Entry fee is £5, or £3 student and Young Scot card holders, cash only on the door. There’s no pre-booking, so first come first served. We always have a raffle with DVD prizes connected to the theme of the feature film, so bring along your pound coins too.


‘WSC has made me enjoy films more, think about them more. Thanks’.

Based at Stromness Town Hall (a converted church), it’s not your usual cinema set up. We have cabaret style table seating and you can bring your own drinks and snacks (just not hot food please). We screen a themed short before the feature film. Themed music is played before and after the screening, with plenty of time after the credits to stay and talk film. You can leave your thoughts with us too. We use a unique scoring system – the Ping-pongometer. Take a look at our audience scores for previous screenings.

We featured 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…… This is cinema heaven in some of the most gorgeous scenery in Britain’. – Nick Horton

And here’s what some of our audience have said:

‘Many thanks to all involved, this is a real treat in Stromness’.

You’re a great asset to the community! Thank you all for your work in making it happen, and happen so beautifully time after time’.

‘WSC has been a fantastic venture and I don’t know how we lived without it’.