The Cube Microplex – Photo Journal
Buzzing with Bristolian charm, the cultural centre has something for everyone
In the UK, Bristol’s Stokes Croft neighbourhood is characterised by the warm spirit of its dwellers, its accessible-to-all cultural centres, and its endless assortment of alternative, sustainable businesses. Tucked away in its bosom – The Cube Microplex.
From the homemade cola that’s on offer to the promise that their lifetime membership fee will be ‘the best £1 you’ll ever spend,’ the Cube is loud and proud about its down to earth, independent nature.
Bristol-based photographer Alex Day spent a couple of evenings in the cultural haven, soaking up its distinctive buzz and documenting his experience along the way.
Since its establishment in 1998, the non-profit co-operative’s lifeblood has been its volunteers. All money accumulated through film screenings and events is pumped straight back into funding the organisation. In 2013, the Cube raised £185,000 - principally through public donations - in order to buy the building in which it operates and continue to exist indefinitely.
With its Kids Kino Project - whereby volunteers screen films across the globe to children affected by natural disasters and humanitarian crises - and its free entry access for Bristol-based asylum seekers, the organisation's social commitments extend far beyond those of your average cinema.
The Cube's events programme is carefully curated to appeal to its extensive and diverse audience. Regular Babycinema screenings, Nanoplex kids workshops and live music concerts mean there's something for everyone.
Captured with an iPhone 4 and a Yashica FX-3 35 camera with a Prinz flash.
Photography by Alex Day