Southport Bijou Cinema CIC IS A VOLUNTEER-LED AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY
NOTICE: Due to our recent temporary closure following the COVID-19 pandemic, the following information may no longer apply as it was originally written. Please do keep checking our website and our Facebook account for updates on our re-opening, and thank you all as always for your continued support and enthusiasm.
We love film at the Bijou, and we’re here to bring cinema to you: the community. Matinees and evening films include classics old and new, independent films not shown at multiplexes, and dynamic world cinema. Please do write your Film and Arts Events requests on the chalkboard in the Cafe/Bar, as we listen to all recommendations for future programming!
On the accessible ground floor is a friendly Cafe/Bar/Box Office, with a chic-style Fracino Retro Coffee Machine. We also sell a range of bottled lagers, ales and wines, as well as assorted soft drinks, all before and after the film screenings. We welcome well-behaved dogs in our Cafe/Bar, too! New accessible unisex toilets are open for Bijou customers, and for accessible assistance into the building itself, please press the front door bell.
Adjacent to the Cafe/Bar is the Cinema – a raked auditorium with comfortable seats and an Optoma 8000-lumens projector, plus 5.1 Surround Sound speakers to present an immersive cinematic experience. There are 2 wheelchairs spaces available at the front, as well as an induction loop system installed.
On the first floor, not accessible by lift, is The Lounge, an open space for events and parties! It has a new multi-lighting systtem with comfortable sofas and easy chairs. Also upstairs is the Media Room for talks, films, or to just chill-out and watch the HDTV. Nearby are refurbished male and female toilets for Bijou customers.
The Bijou is a refurbished 1894 house. If you’re cycling, you can park in the alley. If you’re walking, the train station is 5 minutes away and buses go along Lord Street. If you’re driving, you can drop off friends outside the Bijou (turn left from Lord Street to St. George’s Place – go past Sainsbury’s then take the first left again). For matinees, it’s easy to use the Park and Ride service as the PR1 bus goes down Lord Street. After 6PM, street parking is free.