We love having Reading Biscuit Factory as part of our Connect Reading community! Matthew Lacey, General Manager, took some time to answer our questions and tell us a bit more about the business.
We are a brand-new, three-screen independent cinema and community cultural hub, with a bar, café, shared workspaces and room to hire. We will be adding food court kiosks shortly.
Why did you join Connect Reading?
My goal is to build not just a venue where people sit in silence in the dark, but where people from across the community can come together to meet, work, play and treat as their shared home: a modern forum. I want to offer my space to those individuals and organisations who need it, and to grow the business by building alliances.
How are you creating a better Reading?
We are bringing to Reading the sort of films you would otherwise have to go to London to see, and a blank slate which the creative people of the town can shape as they want. This is a venue for Reading, by Reading.
What has been your biggest creative triumph as an organisation?
Taking an empty Argos warehouse and turning it into an arts and hospitality venue in the teeth of a pandemic.
What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead?
The opportunity to show off the space, seeing it buzzing with visitors, and to get started on the ambitious events schedule we have planned – from a Japanese film season, to wine tastings, to stand-up comedy.
How can people connect with you and support what you’re doing?
Drop in! We are on the corner of Oxford Road and Queens Walk. Our doors are open and we would love to see you.