Who we are

© 2017 Ben Gold

A community cinema in the heart of South Norwood.

We are Stanley’s Film Club, a weekly cinema in the heart of the South Norwood community. We provide a welcoming and inclusive space where local people can come together and discover a lovingly curated programme of new releases, cult classics, documentaries and archive films.

Our events offer so much more than just a film screening, brought to life by a team of local people who work passionately to put the magic back into cinema-going. Alongside the film we seek to engage and inspire through exciting live elements including Q&As, talks, live music, DJ sets, workshops and themed catering – the list is forever expanding.

Our mission:

To unite South Norwood’s diverse community through the power of film.

Our team:

Creative Director
Office Intern & Events Assistant
Programming Assistant
Copywriting & Blog
 Katie Brandwood
Ella Penfold
Christina Papasotiriou
Josh Andrews
Matt Wright
Steve Calcott
Michele Egar & Libby Hamilton

We also would not exist without the dedication of our 20+ front-of-house volunteers, who work hard to bring our events to life through their love of film and community.

The story so far:

We started life in November 2014, offering free fortnightly screenings of classic films at Stanley Halls. In October 2015 we re-launched as Stanley’s Film Club, setting up home on the beautiful vintage balcony within the main hall and expanding our programme to incorporate new releases, documentaries and short films. In the year that followed we hosted 12 monthly screenings, plus two special events, before transitioning to a weekly community cinema in October 2016.

In May 2017 we moved out of Stanley Halls and took up residence in the SNCC, a necessary step to enable us to build a sustainable business model and support other local organisations as much as possible.

Stanley’s Film Club is a member of Film Hub London, part of the BFI Film Audience Network, and is supported by the BFI’s Neighbourhood Cinema Equipment Fund.

William Stanley (1829-1909):

We are named after William Stanley, or ‘Mr South Norwood’, a local inventor, architect, industrialist, philanthropist and all-round community champion, who worked his way up from humble beginnings.

Mr William Ford Robinson Stanley took an active part in public life in Croydon, generously donating over £80,000 to a multitude of local charities, hospitals and schools during his lifetime. He was a skilled architect who designed and founded the UK’s first Trades school (now Harris Academy South Norwood), as well as Stanley Halls, a venue for theatre, performance and learning.

As an inventor and an engineer he designed and made precision drawing and mathematical instruments and had 78 patents filed. His inventions included the wire-spoke bicycle wheel and a straight-line dividing machine (whatever it is, we want one!).

In 1907, two years before his death, local residents financed and built the South Norwood Clock Tower to thank Mr Stanley and his wife Eliza for their commitment to the community, and to mark their golden wedding anniversary.