Depot is turning 5!

Save the date! May 2022 sees five years since Depot first opened its doors to the world, and we think that’s as good a reason as any to have a celebration.

During the end of May and beginning of June, we’ll be holding a whole host of unique and special events to mark five years since our opening to the public. You can bet we’ll be doubling down on what we do best to celebrate the things at our core; incredible films; fantastic food; fun events; and of course, the people that help make Depot what it is – you, the customers, our local community.

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“It certainly has been an extraordinary five years, with 2017  feeling both like a lifetime ago as well as no time ago at all. I speak for us all when I say that we couldn’t be more ecstatic at how welcoming and supportive the community has been of Depot, and we only hope that we have been as welcoming and supportive to you all in return.

Depot wouldn’t be where it is today without all the staff that have come and gone, and we thank everyone who has taken part in the last five years for helping build Depot into what we hoped it would be – an arts venue championing sustainable practices and showcasing the best in arthouse, independent and world cinema. Here’s to another 5 years!

– Carmen Slijpen, Director & Programmer

Five genres. Five films. And the winners are…

In April we asked you, our Depot community, to vote for your favourite films from shortlists of everything we’ve screened since 2017.

The polls have closed, the votes have been counted and we’re pleased to announce the winners of our audience choice awards! Thank you to all 300 of you that voted across our five categories. We hope you’ll come and celebrate our favourites. Tickets available below.


Non-fiction films from across the globe
that shape and interpret factual material.


Films released before the year 2000.
American productions unless stated otherwise.


Typically an independent film produced outside
of the major western film studio system


Applied to all films directed by, and/or written by women.
If the film also has a significant female lead on screen, it receives a triple F-Rating.

British (Contemporary)

Primarily backed by a British production company, and released after 1980.

A look back over the last five years

Anniversary Exhibition

Every Saturday & Sunday from 28 May – 19 June
10:00 – 17:30

Free entry

We’ve been delving deep into the Depot archives and have uncovered a treasure trove of memories. We invite you to join our trip down memory lane as we display snapshots of Depot history – photos, videos, posters and memorabilia – in our studio throughout our anniversary month.

The return of Depot’s film quiz!

Anniversary Film Quiz

Wednesday 15 June

£4 per participant

Up to 6 people to a team, age 15+ only

We know you’ve all been waiting a while for us to say those three special words – Depot. Film. Quiz.

We’re theming this quizzical evening around films that we’ve shown at Depot – only around 1400, so there will be plenty of variety to keep you on your toes. It may be our birthday, but we’re not going to go easy on you! Hosted by Tom and Bonnie, two of Depot’s biggest film nerds.

Share your Depot memories with us

For our anniversary, we would love for you to share you favourite Depot memories with us – perhaps a special event you came to, a one-off screening, meeting up with family and friends after a long time or even a particular dish from our menu that has been on your mind since you first ate it! We want to know what is it about Depot that has stuck with you.

We’ll collate the submissions and include a selection in our anniversary exhibition that will run in our studio. We look forward to hearing from you!

Anniversary Dalliance – Saturday 28 May

Food & Music 17:00 – 20:00

Depot’s Anniversary Takeover

It’s our 5th anniversary weekend! We’ve got our very own kitchen taking over for this Dalliance, and they’ll be preparing an exciting and mouth-watering selection of tapas to keep you energised for a night of celebration!

Bad Bad Whiskey

Brighton’s skifflebilly heroes, Bad Bad Whiskey, are back at Dalliance this weekend for our anniversary, bringing us  a toe-tappin’ night of skiffle, rockabilly and riddim ‘n blooze!

Larger dishes – £6.50 each, or 2 for £12

– Patatas bravas
– Chorizo and chickpea stew
– Cod croquettes, aioli dip
– Asparagus and ajo blanco

Smaller dishes – £3.50 each

– Boquerones
– Olives
– Bread and olive oil

Sunday Brunch – Sunday 29 May

Music from 11:00

After a Saturday night out on our terrace, our Sunday brunch menu might just be right up your street – especially when it’s accompanied by a relaxed morning and afternoon of the smoothest, coolest music for you to chill out to.

Sarah Oschlag


Mellow swing and bossa nova.

N. Giles Blues Man


Traditional blues and county.

Depot’s first outdoor screening!


Saturday 28 May, 21:00
Free outdoor screening

The raffle is now closed, and winners will be contacted soon.

We’re thrilled to announce Depot’s very first outdoor screening, taking place on our terrace. The film? Jean Vigo’s profoundly moving masterpiece of classic cinema, L’Atalante. The beautiful story of a newly married couple, Juliette and canal barge captain Jean, who face the challenges of this new phase of their life as they travel on the L’Atalante with Jean’s crew.

We hope you can join us for what will be a unique and very special summer evening.