Star & Shadow Cinema is more than a cinema. It is an alternative social, cultural, arts and community hub run by a collective of volunteers.

It operates a unique system of open programming whereby grass roots community organisations, independent artists and any member of the public can come and promote their own social causes via film, music, discussions and working groups. We provide the space and facilities for this to happen and have done for the last 10 years. See our  "Future" section for what our new building will provide.

Come get involved 

We recently had to move out of our old rented premises in Stepney Bank, Ouseburn to Warwick Street. We are currently closed to the programming of events and community groups and instead our focus as a collective is currently on our exciting self-build refurbishment project.  

See photos of us working here. https://www.facebook.com/StarAndShadow/

Help build your Cinema

We are refurbishing the new place by as much volunteer labour as possible. Whatever your skill-level we hope you'll come along and help out. See the "Get Involved" section of this website for more details. https://www.starandshadow.org.uk/involved

Opening times for Refurbishment Volunteering:

We now need labourers midweek during the daytime

  • Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm

  • Wednesday and Thursday Evenings: 6pm to 8pm. We can do your site induction and give you a tour

  • Saturday 11am to 6pm

  • Sunday 11am to 5pm

We'd love to see you on these volunteer days - no need to bring anything but your energy and enthusiasm!


Coming Soon:


Event: Agm And Open Evening

21 Sep 2017, 6 p.m.

An opportunity to get to know the Star & Shadow a bit better and partake in a conversation about how we organise when we open. Schedule OPEN EVENING & AGM 6.00pm - 6.30pm: arrival, food and a quick tour of the site. 6.30pm - 7.15pm: AGM fixed agenda. 7.15pm - 8.15pm: discussion about how we organise for the future. 8.15pm - 8.45pm: casual chat and mingling, more refreshments, buy t-shirts, site tour for latecomers, clean up.


Event: Liz Rothschild, One Woman Show, Outside The Box At The Cumberland Arms Byker

21 Sep 2017, 8 p.m.



Meeting: General Meeting

2 Oct 2017, 6 p.m.