A state-of-the-art new home for independent cinema in MK

Enjoy three film screenings a week at MK Gallery’s stylish new cinema

Photo by Iwan Baan

Milton Keynes’ ever-evolving entertainment landscape has welcomed a new cinematic addition that offers the community far more than the average multiplex, writes Jason Day.

The 150-seat Sky Room is a state-of-the-art, multifunctional auditorium that opened above the new MK Gallery on March 16, with the best in sound, seating and sights – and that’s before the images on the silver screen.

The Sky Room’s gigantic, semi-circular window is the first thing patrons will notice. You are treated to a staggering view over Campbell Park to remind you of how green and pleasant MK is.

There are three film screenings a week covering mainstream movies and more art-house fare, all programmed in partnership with the BAFTA award-winning Curzon Cinemas.

These include indie movies, documentaries, classic cinema, award-winning world cinema and family films.

There are also child friendly screenings, movies for people with special educational needs and meal deals to rival anything at chain cinemas, including £10 for a ‘burger and a beer’ at the gallery’s new social café.

For those who just want a quick drink before the main event and escape the crowds, the Sky Room even has its own licenced bar.

When the Sky Room isn’t showing movies, it is a multipurpose entertainment arena, set up for theatre, live talks, dance, music, conferences and community events.

In total, 300 people can be accommodated when the retractable seating is tidily packed away.

Simon Wright, Curator of Public Programmes at MK Gallery, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Curzon on our prodigious opening programme and we’re delighted to be able to bring their renowned programming to the city, offering audiences the very best in independent cinema.”

If you would like to become a member of the cinema, view the programme or buy a ticket, visit the online box office at mkgallery.org/film

This feature was published in the April 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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