About us

Depot is an award-winning independent 3-screen cinema and café-restaurant. It is located adjacent to the railway station in the centre of Lewes, East Sussex, within the South Downs National Park.

We offer an innovative programme of mainstream, art house and independent films; world cinema, documentaries and classic films; along with special events, guest speakers and workshops.

The venue serves as a focal point for the community. It includes a destination restaurant, garden and private hire facilities. Auditoria feature high specification seating, with Dolby Atmos and 7.1 sound as well as 2K and 4K projection technology.

Depot was conceived and is operated along the principles of accessibility for all, environmental and social sustainabilityWe are a not for profit organisation with Charitable Trust status. We are a committed team of 6 Trustees, 80 employees and 55 volunteers.

Depot cinema is pleased to work with the Independent Cinema Office in support of our programming, film selection and marketing. The ICO is a charity that aims to bring a wider range of films to a wider range of people, making amazing film culture accessible to anyone – wherever they are in the UK.

Management Team

Founder, Director and Programmer
Carmen Slijpen

Founder, Chair of Trustees
Robert Senior

Restaurant Manager
Andy Pollexfen

Head Chef
Marcin Nowak

Marketing Manager
Dino Bishop

Front of House Manager
Susan Dadak

Events Manager
Bonnie Ralli-Macrae

Education Manager
Lisa Wardle

Technical Manager
Dan Short

Human Resources Manager
Petra Rinne Lovelock 

Green Ambassador
Natasha Padbury