Community cinema to be launched inside Dagenham school hall

PUBLISHED: 17:14 15 February 2016 | UPDATED: 17:18 15 February 2016

The screening hall at Sydney Russell school

The screening hall at Sydney Russell school


A community cinema is set to be launched inside a secondary school hall.

Industry-spec projection equiment, including a nine metre screen, has already been installed inside Sydney Russell school in Dagenham.

The space – which is currently used for assemblies and school events – could screen everything from Hollywood blockbusters to must-see football matches outside of school hours.

“We want it to be a place where locals can see all the films they love and all the ones they might not normally be able to see without leaving the borough,” explained principal Janis Davis, who joined the school in December.

“Through the cinema, we hope to create a better sense of community by giving locals somewhere different to go for an evening out, whether they are young parents, the elderly, or teenagers.

“We hope to have something for everybody.”

The Parsloes Avenue school has hired consultants to help turn the old hall into a professional cinema.

Residents can have their say on what should be screened at the new venue by taking part in a survey.

Everyone who takes part in the poll will be entered into a £100 cash draw.

The research leading up to the opening will include focus sessions with residents, elderly groups and teenagers.

Visit by April 15 to take part in the survey. 
You can also email your comments and suggestions to

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