Sawston Cinema

Sawston Cinema is based at Sawston Village College, an 11-16 secondary school. The school opened in 1930 and was the vision of Henry Morris, who believed that schools should sit at the centre of their communities. A cinema opened next door to the school in 1932 and operated until the mid-60s when it closed due to falling audience numbers. Today, the former cinema building is part of the school site and known as the Marven Centre. In 2008 the Cambridge Film Trust helped the school re-establish screenings in the building, with support from the UK Film Council. Young people were trained at that time to run the cinema for the community and young people continue to be involved in screenings, enjoying working in both front-of-house roles and in projection. Young people involvement in the cinema makes a visit to Sawston Cinema a unique experience.