The Cube is a microplex cinema, arts venue, adult creche and progressive social wellbeing enterprise in Central Bristol, England. It was formed in 1998 by four artists who had no idea what they were getting into, but not even running illegal cinema speakeasy events in Bristol (Club Rombus) could prepare them for the monster they gave birth to one cold and rainy October evening in 1998. The building until that point in time had been a glass recycle depo, an am-dram theatre, a gay avant-garde 1970s art centre, an extension of the Chinese Overseas Association, a girls school, a deaf and dumb institute, a second-run family cinema, a secret gig venue, and an illegal gambling den. All these ghosts hang on in there.
The am-dram group who once occupied the space hand-built the wooden staging, racked seats and wood-paneled walls of the auditorium and this DIY ethic is still the life-blood of the Cube. Every job needed to run this venue seven days a week is carried out by devoted volunteers who give up their time for the love of it. The organisation runs as a not-for-profit worker’s co-operative.
Our volunteers work hard at presenting cinema, music, cabaret, discussions, amateur film-makers nights, children’s events, performance art, comedy and other events that can’t easily be categorized. The money we make from these events funds the organisation. We get no external funding. We are truly independent. We are the cheapest cinema in town and always will be.
Dove Street South
[off top-left of King Square]
(0117) 907 4190