About us

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

We offer an innovative programme of mainstream, arthouse and independent films; world cinema, documentaries and classic films; alongside film festivals, live art events, Q&A’s with guest speakers and educational film and creative 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 plus 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, with 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

Kitchen and Restaurant Manager
Steven Thresher

Front of House Manager
Susan Dadak

Marketing Manager
Bob Prosser

Head Chef
Keith York

Events Manager
Bonnie Macrae

Education Manager
Anthony Gates

Technical Manager
Dan Short

Human Resources Manager
Petra Rinne Lovelock

Office and Sustainability Manager
Natasha Padbury