About us

Depot is an independent community cinema and cafe-restaurant with education facilities, created and operated by the charity Lewes Community Screen.

It takes its name from its site, which was originally a GPO depot and, more recently, a Harvey’s Brewery depot. The project was the brainchild of Carmen Slijpen and Robert Senior, two Lewes residents who share a passion for cinema.

Lewes Community Screen aspires to create a venue that serves as a focal point for the local community, not only in the area of film but through a wider range of art forms.

Our mission and values

Our mission is to develop an innovative programme of contemporary and classic films plus special events, guest speakers, and educational workshops.

Our core values are charity, independence, inclusivity and inspiration.

Our key aims are to:

•Present film and culture of the highest quality
•Establish and sustain the Depot as a significant cultural hub
•Be an asset to the community
•Create and consolidate projects that will provide for a secure and vibrant future
•Maintain a healthy and progressive environment for staff
•Build fruitful collaborative relationships with local organisations

To see more of the Depot team, visit the Our team page