Build a community cinema at the Star & Shadow

We’re raising £50,000 to build a marvelous community cinema and arts space for Newcastle, and we need your help.

We did it!

On 7th Nov 2016 we successfully raised £41,609 with 740 supporters in 62 days


You can help us reopen the Star and Shadow bigger and better than ever before. We’re raising £50,000 to build a marvelous community cinema and arts space for Newcastle, and we need your help.

For 10 years the much loved Star and Shadow has been a creative and social hub for the Newcastle community. A welcoming and open space for film makers, musicians, artists, and audiences, the Star and Shadow has been the starting point for so many new works, careers, and friendships.

For a decade, the Star and Shadow has not only made the first career steps of Newcastle based creatives possible – providing a space, equipment, audiences, and the support of volunteers – but has been an iconic destination for anyone seeking amazing cultural events with a difference.

Whether it’s a weird DJ set and disco, the rare screening of an obscure film, a community family event, or an experimental music festival, the Star and Shadow has been the place to go, and with your help it can be again.

After years of amazing discos, gigs, exhibitions, screenings, and community events, due to plans for redevelopment of the area the Star and Shadow was forced to close its doors. A hub for community groups, activist groups and much more was facing an uncertain future.

This is where you come in.

Our community and volunteers has been working hard and have found a new space in a disused warehouse on Warwick Street. With your help, we can raise the funds to reopen The Star and Shadow in 2017, bigger, better, more versatile, but still as committed as ever to supporting Newcastle’s amazing arts scene and community.


We are going to transform the warehouse site into an amazing new Star and Shadow space.

Volunteers have been hard at work tearing down partitions, pulling out bricks, and busting concrete. When the dust settles, we’ll have the foundations and walls for new gig and meeting spaces, artist studios, a new and improved bar/cafe, a library, community garden, crèche, a social hub including space for family social events and activities.

Funding has been secured for much of the work, but we need your support to make the next stage happen.

“While we have a lot of the funding in place, we still have some way to go” says volunteer Sheena Revolta, "and we still need to raise £50,000 towards building the actual cinema!"

With a new venue, the Star and Shadow can continue to bring much-loved movies, comedy, DJ nights and bands to the people, encouraging local and national talent, and at a price that all can afford.  It's going to be a real arts venue that everyone can benefit from and be part of, and you can help build it.


By donating to our campaign, you not only get to be part of the new Star and Shadow movement, to say “I helped build that!”, but there’s some pretty awesome rewards for you to take home too.

As well as a raft of cool Star and Shadow stuff (like sponsoring your own sq. ft of the cinema), or a years pass to any and all the films, we’ve broken the rewards gifted from our community into 4 seasons to keep things simple.

All that’s left to do is pick your reward!


Fancy some of Newcastle’s coolest bands playing in your living room? Take your pick, Richard Dawson, Rob Heron, Kathryn Williams … we could go on.

If that weren’t special enough, why not have the legendary G Winston Lang of indie stalwarts St James’ Infirmary write a song for you on a subject of your choice and come perform it at your house?

If you’re feeling less decadent, you could always just haul home a massive bag of limited edition vinyl and CDs from ALT-VINYL or Acid Waxa.

All this and much more in the music season.


What could be cooler than a private film screening for you and your friends at the shiny new Star and Shadow in 2017?

What’s that you say? Your own film crew for a week to shoot a documentary?...OK, we’ve got that too.

Maybe you’re sick of watching epic movies on your tiny telly. The Star and Shadow projectionist crew are on hand to pop round your house and produce the best home movie night of your life.

If you’re feeling less decadent, there’s always a selection of beautiful digital film posters to be had.


Ever wanted to learn carpentry? Put some cash towards our woodwork and pro carpenter Jack Richardson will give you a masterclass in all things chisel and lathe.

Fancy yourself as a bit of a Darren Aronofsky? Help us put up the new screen by signing up to a “shooting in 16mm film” workshop.

Maybe you’re more of a street artist deep down inside and you just need our graffiti workshop to unleash your inner Banksy.

Whatever your hidden ambitions, there’ll be a Star and Shadow workshop for you to build your talents along with the new cinema.

No end to the workshops on offer in workshop season.

Thank you for supporting the Star and Shadow. We hope you enjoy whichever brilliant rewards you opt for, and can’t wait to welcome you through the shiny new doors in 2017.


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