Polish cinema in London named best in the UK
A Polish community theatre in London has been named the ‘best community-run cinema in the UK’.
The Cinema for All organisation award went to the POSK Cinema based at the POSK Polish Centre in King Street, London.
The cinema describe themselves as a, ‘volunteer-run non-profit organisation’ that reinvest all the profit back into developing the cinema for impressing judges with its ‘matchless creativity’.
Jakub Krupa, co-founder of POSK Cinema, said: “We’re delighted to be recognised for our work to bring the people of Hammersmith & Fulham together and promote a better understanding between Poles and all other communities in the UK, giving them a voice through the medium of film.”
The 300 seat venue which is based at the Polish Social and Cultural Association opened in August last year.
It shows Polish movies with English subtitles and has hosted 20 screenings, attended by 3,500 viewers since it opened.
The cinema was chosen for the UK premiere of Poland’s 2020 Oscar submission Corpus Christi.
All tickets are priced at £5 each, this is a third of the cost of an adult ticket at Cineworld’s London theatres.
Although the films are shown in Polish about 900 of the cinema goers have been non-Polish speakers, interested in learning more about Polish culture and cinema.
Krupa said: “This is particularly important given the ongoing debates around the future of immigration laws in the UK after Brexit, with almost a million Poles making the UK their home over the last 15 years. We are proud to represent them and help tell their story, tackling ignorant stereotypes and showing that we have become fully integrated into British society.”
The success of Polish cinema in the UK has been growing steadily over the years.
In 2012 both ‘Polish Roulette’ and ‘You Are God’ raked in about quarter of a million pounds at the UK box office.
In 2014 the biopic of Polish heart surgeon Zbigniew Religa, ‘Bogowie’, took £225,000 in the UK while in 2016 two movies from the Pitbull series both taking over half a million pounds each.
In 2017 ‘Listy do M 3’ took over half a million pound while medical drama ‘Botoks’ earned £1.06 million, making it the most successful Polish movie at the UK box office of all time.
Mafia Women was the biggest hit in 2018 and Polityka was 2019 biggest Polish hit, both taking over half a million pounds in the UK.
The Polish Social and Cultural Association also known as POSK was established in London in 1967 with the goal of furthering the understanding of Polish culture, history and art in the UK.
As well as being home to the cinema the POSK building has a Polish café, the Polish Library in London, a restaurant and members bar, and is the headquarters for several organizations including Jozef Pilsudski Institute in London, Polish University Abroad, Polish Veterans Association, Polish Society of Arts and Sciences Abroad and Britain’s oldest Polish language newspaper now known as Tydzień Polski.