Light House, the Black Country’s only independent cinema, is a charity and arts venue which aims to increase the enjoyment and understanding of technologically – based media, in particular film, video, photography and creative media and to emphasise their importance to the cultural, social and economic life of Wolverhampton, the West Midlands and further afield.
Light House is a registered charity: 1146547
2016 marked 25 years of Light House in The Chubb Buildings and 30 years since it started as a joint Council and Polytechnic initiative.
In 1987, Light House Media Centre was named and formally opened, with films, exhibitions and educational events established at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
It moved to The Arena Theatre in 1989, then to the newly refurbished and extented Chubb Buildings in 1991.
The café and studio cinema followed in 1992, and in 1994, Light House was established as a separate company with continued support from the University and Council. Its training and media production facilities were developed and upgraded with the help of external funding and the cinema received a refurbishment in 2001.
Light House became a registered charity in 2012 and in a large shake up due to funding, reduced to a small core staff, concentrating on cinema and event activities, with the galleries gradually being opened up for rental to local artists as Arts Council funding diminished. Audiences and supporters helped with raising funding to go digital in 2012. In 2016/7, supporters raised the money through a Crowdfunder campaign for new lit signage, due to ‘light up Light House’ in spring 2017.
The Future for Light House
In 2016 our video production and conference facilities run alongside the busy Cinema and Thinema programme and we have a thriving community using the bar for activities. We are also the home of the BA and MA Film courses for the University of Wolverhampton.
With imminent public cuts, we face a large challenge to fill this gap in funding, however by engaging with our loyal and supportive core audience to spread the word and be our ambassadors, we aim to make Light House and Lock Works well used resources through the week by the city and beyond. We are also speaking to local and national companies about sponsorship support.
LIGHT HOUSE FUNDERS
A registered charity, Light House is partly funded and supported by Wolverhampton City Council and University of Wolverhampton. Light House is part of the Europa Cinemas Network.
Open 45 mins before first film screening until 8.30pm
Lock Works Opening Hours
Monday - Friday 9am - 8.45pm
(open late for special events)
Sat: 4.45pm – 8.45pm (open early for daytime events)
Sun: Open for special events.
Food orders available until 2pm weekdays and evenings 5pm-8pm, with limited availability in between.
Weekend food available 5pm - 8pm on Saturday, with additional availability during special events and matinees.
Please note: These times are subject to change depending on events/ special screenings. Please note that on rare occasions, Lock Works may be closed to the public due to private hires, so call us if you want to check.
Please feel welcome to use our seating area in Lock Works throughout the day. Drinks are available from our bar in reception when Lock Works is unmanned.