Two years after work first began on the eagerly awaited transformation of Liphook’s former Anchor Garage into The Living Room Cinema, building work has resumed for an anticipated early 2022 launch.

A lot has changed in the last 2 years and with the company having now purchased the property outright, they have secured the future of the site and the longevity of the cinema which is good news for the locality – once built, the The Living Room Cinema is here to stay.

Award-winning London architects Baynes & Mitchell and McFarlane Latter are behind the designs, having worked alongside The Living Room Cinema to create a design suitable for the needs of Liphook and the local community.

The Living Room Cinema will be the first full time purpose-built cinema in the Liphook area since the closure of The Rex, Haslemere in 1986. The former Anchor Garage building was constructed in 1907 as a car showroom, and with its historic features and large footprint is the ideal venue to be converted into a cinema.

Promising new-release, quality films combined with a casually luxurious social space, coffee and cocktails,The Living Room Cinema aspires to emulate a ‘home from home’ feeling in the heart of the community. With the local audience always in mind when it comes to film programming and interior design, and with the café-bar using local and sustainable produce, the foyer will serve as a multi-use event space for the whole community to enjoy.

Several membership options will be available, all with attractive benefits, including a limited number of exclusive Founder Memberships. Their website is evolving; Here and on their social media channels, you will find regular updates about how the project is progressing, information about what is to come and how to get involved. They want to grow strong links with our local community and there will be many opportunities to support the project including becoming a member, or Sponsoring A Seat or for local businesses to become a partner offering benefits to their member base.

The most important part of any cinema, the film programme, will feature something for everyone. From new-release award winning dramas and thrillers, popular and independent titles and family films to screenings aimed at the hard of hearing and new mums, there will be something for everyone. Live performances showcasing the best in theatre and ballet will bring the world stage to Liphook, and an extensive Special Events programme will feature Q&As and presentations from film makers. Guests will also be able to flex their film muscles at a monthly film quiz, and younger audiences can attend exciting film-maker workshops.

Founder Claire Beswick, a Liphook local, is a veteran of the cinema exhibition industry. Named one of the Top 50 Women in Global Cinema, her 18 year career has spanned several cinema chains including ODEON Cinemas Group and Curzon Cinemas. Backed by senior industry executives, she’s assembled the best team in the business to deliver her vision.

“I’m delighted to be bringing cinema to my home town” she said. “I started The Living Room Cinema with one aim: to provide smaller provincial locations with a quality cinema offer. Many local residents may have experienced a boutique cinema experience in London or other cities. Our smaller operation, pairing a single 60 seat auditorium with a lounge-like foyer serving coffee and cocktails combines all the essential ingredients for a super day or night out. Our aim is to bring communities together, breathe life back into the High Street and re-establish cinema at its heart”.

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