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Pop-up film festival to screen classics at well-known South Liverpool site

A well-known Wavertree location will screen a trio of popular movies next month when a pop-up film festival takes place.

A new not-for-profit Liverpool group called Empty Spaces Cinema is behind the 6-7 May event, and is on the lookout for further possible locations to show films around the city region.

The Hammer and Nail Pop-Up Film Festival will take over Smithdown Road’s Handyman Supermarket before a microbrewery is launched at the site later in the year.

With cult comedy ‘Withnail & I’, Disney’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ and Hammer Horror classic ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ set for special showings, the festival will hark back to the site’s own cinematic history.


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The festival will take place at the Handyman Supermarket. Image (c) Architectural Emporium Ltd.


In 1911, prior to its use as a DIY store, the location was home to the 300-seat Sefton Park Picturedrome. Now Architectural Emporium Ltd, the team preparing to breathe new life into the venue with the long-term pub and brewery venture, believes the festival is a good sign of things to come too.

Andrew James from Architectural Emporium Ltd says: “The long-term use of the venue will be more than a pub and brewery.

“Through the thoughtful curation of the rear room we hope the building will become a multi-functional cultural space for South Liverpool. It is important for the temporary uses to reflect this and we are incredibly excited that Empty Spaces Cinema is helping us make this a reality.”

Christopher Brown from the Empty Spaces Cinema group, which includes some volunteers from Liverpool Small Cinema, adds: “We’re really excited to be bringing these fantastic films to this well-known Wavertree location.

“We’ve picked three films that reflect such an unusual space. It’s a fantastic fit and a lovely space so these movies will offer a unique experience in one of the South Liverpool’s most recognisable buildings.”


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Children’s activities will take place before the ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ screening.


Withnail & I’, starring Richard E. Grant and Liverpool’s own Paul McGann, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and will kick off the Hammer and Nail Pop-Up Film Festival at 7.30pm on 6 May.

Then on 7 May, the showing of family hit ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ will kick off with children’s activities at 2pm before the film begins at 3pm.

Starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, the Sherlock Holmes story of ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ will bring the festival to a close at 6pm on 7 May.

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