Dirt In The Gate Movies

Our journey began in April 2015 where we held a licensed screening of Re-Animator on 35mm to raise funds for Help & Care, a local charity at the newely opened historic Shelley Theatre. We were overwhelmed by the feedback and passion from the sold out audience, especially seeing original film prints in the natural home of a theatre under restoration once owned by the Mary Shelley family legacy. It became a natural progression for us to host regular events at the theatre. We invested in brand new 35mm projectors from Italy and installed a new Dolby sound system so we could present 16mm and 35mm film alongside occasional Digital screenings. By March 2020 we will have hosted over 60 individual film screenings including 3 popular annual Grindfest festival’s with the 4th scheduled for September 2020.

Recent highlights have been 35mm screenings with special guests such as Eileen Deitz (actor, Exorcist) and Nicholas Vince (Hellraiser, Nightbreed). We have been fortunate to see audience numbers grow primarily as the appeal of seeing original film prints casts a wide net where we have seen guests travel from all corners of the UK and recently as far as Hamburg, Germany.

Collaborations with CPC (Cinema Printing Company) have also opened the door to low cost brand new 35mm prints where we have screened Treaters (2017) from local production company Treehouse, Arrow’s Blade Of The Immortal (2017), Salt (2018) and Daughter Of Dismay (2019). Our mission is to keep authentic film in the public eye for as long as possible and often dig deep to source rare film prints and the associated licenses which is a sometimes challenging but ultimately rewarding process.

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