STOURBRIDGE’S Friendly Neighbourhood Cinema is returning for the Bank Holiday weekend only.

A pop-up cinema will run in Stourbridge’s Ryemarket shopping centre, opposite Costa Coffee, on Saturday August 26 and Sunday August 27.

Toy Story 2, Little Shop of Horrors, Mallrats and John Carpenter’s They Live will make up the programme of family favourites to cult classics and there’ll also be free entry short films and surprises between theatrical shows.

Daniel Kearns, FNC founder, said: “They’re a selection of main features representing a different facet of consumerism in our culture… whilst just being really good films that’ll screen really well in a shopping centre!”

A special screening of The Black Country Cowboy from filmmaker Ryan Davis, a documentary focusing on local Stourbridge musical legend Pete Boddis, will also be screened and followed by a performance and Q&A with the country and western star himself.

Independent short films including Birmingham animation studio Yamination’s newly released 2023 collaboration with the River Action Trust THIS IS S**T is also on the bill; and there’ll also be a showing of Stourbridge on Screen: a collection of heritage and archive material from around the region.

Popcorn, snacks and refreshments will be available and funds raised will go towards supporting the Friendly Neighbourhood Cinema.

Alcohol will be supplied by independent Stourbridge brewery Green Duck Beer Co.

Merchandise will also be available and people will be able to browse the FNC’s second-hand DVD store as part of its campaign to keep physical media alive.

Entry to the pop-up unit is free between theatrical shows.

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Stourbridge local Daniel Kearns started the initiative to deliver unique film screenings to the currently cinema-less community.

Its first screening was Dawn of the Dead shown at Merry Hill shopping centre in 2019 and more recently in 2022 Life of Brian was screened at St Thomas’s Church and a VHS screening of 80’s cult classic The Lost Boys was held at The Duke William.

Daniel said: “The aim is to pop-up in as many different and unique spaces to deliver as varied a programme as possible.

“This pop-up shop in the Ryemarket is a way of utilising a dormant community space in a creative and interesting way.

“Shopping centres and cinemas are two industries both heavily affected and reeling from the pandemic, so it’s been great to collaborate in that respect too, as the landscape of the high street threatens to be changed forever it’s great to experiment with something a bit different.”