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Southsea Cinema & Arts Centre - home to Portsmouth Film Society - is where you can see great films in a social environment. Meet like-minded film fans, chat about the latest releases and watch great movies that you might not otherwise get a chance to see.

Southsea Cinema Café is open from 12pm to 7pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am to 7pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Annual membership rates are available, allowing you to see films at a great price-per-film, and gives members the chance to suggest the films that will be shown in the future.

Southsea Cinema and Portsmouth Film Society are not-for-profit, and all money from membership fees goes towards promoting the society and booking films and events for members to enjoy.

For a full programme of Southsea Cinema's events and upcoming screenings see the what's on guide.

You can also find out how to become a member on the Southsea Cinema website.

As well as its cinema in Southsea, Portsmouth Film Society also brings the best in brand new cinema, cult movies, and classic films to venues across the city. Don't miss the Outdoor Screenings, held at amazing venues throughout Portsmouth. Previous Outdoor Screening venues have included Victoria Park, Southsea Castle and the gardens of Cumberland House Natural History Museum.

The cinema also hosts regular exhibitions from local and national artists. The programme is ever-changing so be sure to keep an eye on the Southsea Cinema website to see what's on display now and what is coming up soon.

PFS Green Film Festival
22 - 26 May

Portsmouth Film Society hosts a Green Film Festival, showcasing a selection of thought-provoking films and engaging events centered around environmental issues and sustainability.

Wednesday, May 22nd
1pm: The Oil Machine (PG)
Free screening for school children. This film delves into the North Sea oil industry, exploring its environmental and economic impact.
7pm: Wilding
Witness a dying landscape that defies the odds, healing and thriving in remarkable ways, in this UK documentary directed by David Allen.

Thursday, May 23rd
6.30pm: Portsmouth Climate Choir
Join in for an evening of inspiring melodies.
7pm: Six Inches of Soil (PG)
A documentary highlighting the efforts of three British farmers striving to revolutionize food production. Six Inches of Soil tells the story of remarkable farmers, communities, small businesses, chefs and entrepreneurs who are leading the way to transform how our food is produced and consumed.
Stay for a post-film discussion led by the Climate Justice Coalition SE Hants Hub.

Saturday, May 25th
1pm: Climate Change of The Facts Workshops
Dive deep into the facts of climate change with workshops hosted by Portsmouth Climate Action (donations £5).
This workshop uses interactive exercises to shine a light on how our way of life is fuelling extreme weather and what changes in diet, travel and consumption would make the most difference. The facilitator, Nick Sebley, co-wrote the Climate Emergency Declaration that led to the City of Portsmouth having a 2030 net zero target, and was the lead advisor for the University of Portsmouth's Climate Positive Policy.
7pm: Wilding
Encore screening with a guest speaker sharing insights and perspectives. (2nd screening)

Sunday, May 26th
2pm: Greenpeace Portsmouth Films
Enjoy a collection of films by Greenpeace Portsmouth (free entry).
3pm: The Oil Machine (PG)
The Oil Machine explores our economic, historical and emotional entanglement with oil by looking at the conflicting imperatives around North Sea oil. This invisible machine at the core of our economy and society now faces an uncertain future as activists and investors demand change. By highlighting the complexities of how oil is embedded in our society - from high finance to cheap consumer goods - The Oil Machine brings together a wide range of voices (from young activists to oil company executives, economists and pension fund managers) to consider how this machine can be tamed, dismantled, or repurposed.
6pm: How to Blow up a Pipeline
A crew of young environmental activists execute a daring mission to sabotage an oil pipeline in Daniel Goldhaber's taut and timely thriller that is part high-stakes heist, part radical exploration of the climate crisis. An explosive adaptation of Andreas Malm's treatise, How to Blow Up a Pipeline delivers a high-stakes eco-thriller ignited by riveting and complex antiheroes.

D-Day 80: A Tribute to Heroes

On June 6th, 1944, the world held its breath as BBC Home Service presenter, John Snagge, declared, "D-Day has come." Eighty years later, Southsea Cinema & Arts Centre invites you to join in a commemoration of bravery, sacrifice, and triumph with a series of gripping events and screenings.

From Sword to Utah: Unveiling the Untold Stories
Step back in time with 'From Sword to Utah', a riveting exploration of archived poetry, writings, and diary excerpts from the heroes of the Normandy Landings. Raw, poignant, and heartbreakingly real, these historical accounts will be interwoven with powerful performances by contemporary local poets. Experience the echoes of courage and resilience at Southsea Cinema & Arts Centre from June 2 (3pm - 5.30pm), and June 4 (6pm - 8.30pm).

A Musical Tribute: Gooddevilskin Takes the Stage
Before the main event, don't miss a special performance by the acclaimed band Gooddevilskin, showcasing their moving song 'As I Bleed' in honor of D-Day 80. Catch them live at 2pm and 5pm respectively.

Journey Through History: Special Screenings
Embark on a cinematic journey through history with a carefully curated selection of films:
June 1, 1pm: 'The Cockleshell Heroes' (1955) - Witness the daring mission of British Royal Marines as they kayak into enemy territory.
June 2, 6pm: 'The Longest Day' (1962) - Experience the monumental invasion of Normandy with an introductory talk by Social Historian Ellie Stenning-Stride.
June 4, 1pm: Selected screenings from Portsmouth’s Archives, followed by '1917' (9pm) - A gripping tale of courage amidst the chaos of World War I.
June 6, 3pm: 'D-Day, the Sixth of June' - Delve into the personal stories of love and sacrifice amidst the chaos of battle.

Outdoor Cinema at Fort Nelson
Round off the commemorations on June 29th with an outdoor screening of 'Dad’s Army' (1971 movie) at Fort Nelson. Join the British villagers as they rally to repel a WWII invasion. Entry is free but book early to secure your spot!

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Ticket prices vary by film.



  • Wheelchair user accessible

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free) - Parking spaces available in the nearby streets, or in the Waitrose car park.


Map & Directions

Southsea Cinema & Arts Centre


Portsmouth Film Society, 1-3 Palmerston Road, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 3QQ
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Tel07528 808400

Opening Times

Southsea Cinema & Arts Centre (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

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