The Carthouse Cinema
The Carthouse was an old Oxen Park village barn and brewery carthouse, and has been restored to its original pitched-roof form. After much fund raising over 12 years we finally opened The Carthouse as a community cinema in November 2014 and finished it with a new screen and state of the art technical equipment in April 2015. The aim is to provide a unique big screen experience, with good picture and sound quality, and to accommodate around 30 to 40 people in comfort, furnished with carpets, armchairs and settees to provide a warm, relaxing and sociable atmosphere. Come and see us.
The Carthouse (at right-hand side of picture) as it stood around the turn of the last century, with its original pitched roof.
The original village pub (centre picture) was The Black Lion – now Black Lion Cottage – opposite the present pub, The Manor House.
The Carthouse in 2005 before the building work started. The original pitched roof had been removed.
The Carthouse as it is now, re-built to its original pitched roof form.
The Carthouse building has made a huge amount of progress since it was built in 2006. We have had committee meetings over colour decisions, carpets, seating and all sorts – just come and see the result. We have some ‘real’ cinema seats from Charles Morris owner of the Roxy in Ulverston so although it has the ‘living room’ feel it also has a real cinema look.
We have been really fortunate to have received generous grants from a local business, LDNP, Frieda Scott Trust, Hadfield Trust, The Neighbourhood Forum, Cumbria Community Foundation, Rawden-Smith Trust, The Co-operative Community Fund, Howdens Building Supplies, BFI and by no means least the BIG Lottery Awards For All fund – they have all enabled the project to go ahead.