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.

Meet the team at Depot

Carmen Slijpen

Carmen Slijpen

Founder, Creative Director and Programmer

Carmen is the co-founder, Creative Director and film programmer of Depot. She champions environmental and social sustainability and has a passion for art house cinema. Carmen trained as a projectionist in Amsterdam before becoming a film programmer, embarked on her quest to create a cinema in Lewes back in 2011. She has since worked tirelessly to bring the project to the success that it is today.

Bonnie Macrae

Bonnie Macrae

Events Manager

Bonnie has the joyful job of creating public and private events at Depot. She loves the variety of her job; a day/night is never the same in her role, be it organising a wedding, conference, food and drink event.
Natasha Padbury

Natasha Padbury

Office & Sustainability Manager

Natasha leads on our environmental strategy monitoring the business carbon emissions, supporting the team to embed best sustainable practices, championing our achievements and developing our green network. As office manager she ensures the smooth running of our organisational systems. Natasha loves doing her best to be a force for good!

Bob Prosser

Bob Prosser

Marketing Manager

Bob is responsible for all outgoing communications between Depot and the world, including our leaflet, social media accounts, photography and on-screen advertisements for film seasons and special events. Bob has a passion for design and photography, and in his free time, you can often find him watching a horror film or working on his own artwork.
Susan Dadak

Susan Dadak

Front of House Manager

Sue is the Front of House Manager for Depot; a role that involves running the Box Office team, promoting excellent services to all our customers and helping to ensure that the cinema runs smoothly and problem-free! Out of work, she loves playing badmington, low tide walks, and photography.

Petra Rinne Lovelock

Petra Rinne Lovelock

Head of Human Resources and Hospitality Operations

Petra looks after all our Human Resources needs for our 80+ strong team, heads up our hospitality operations and is passionate about excellent customer service. Her focus is to ensure that Depot is a fully inclusive, supportive and rewarding place for everyone to work. She loves cooking and making pottery in her spare time.

Steven Thresher

Steven Thresher

Restaurant Manager

Steven manages the restaurant, making sure that we are providing an engaging and positive hospitality experience, with a focus on staff engagement and spotlighting local suppliers. He has a background in editorial, and a passion for playing music and creating compositions.

Keith York

Keith York

Head Chef

Keith joined the Depot team two years ago after twelve informative years working at Glyndebourne. When he’s not keeping our seasonal menu fresh and exciting, he’s working on his own creative cuisine at home. On top of that, he’s a die-hard Liverpool fan.
Dan Short

Dan Short

Technical Manager

Dan runs the technical and building management side of the cinema, and has been a projectionist for over 30 years, having observed many changes in the industry. He enjoys horror movies from the 70s and 80s, and in his spare time can often be found DJing at various events around Sussex at the weekends.

Anthony Gates

Anthony Gates

Education Manager

Ant organises film related workshops, courses, clubs and school screenings at Depot, as well as running practical filmmaking courses for young people. He’s been a film teacher for 20 years, which matches his life long love of movies – particularly horror and martial arts cinema.

Sara Grisewood

Sara Grisewood

Volunteer Coordinator

Sara is responsible for our network of fantastic volunteer ushers – of which we have around 38! She also organises additional community voluntary events, such as assisting at the local food banks collection, and build links for joint activities with other Sussex Arts venues. Sara lives in Lewes, and is an artist with a particular interest in the environment and a passion for increasing public transport use.

Robert Senior

Robert Senior

Founder, Chair of Trustees