Generous lottery funding has enabled the Portsmouth Film Society to buy the projection equipment needed to set up a new Pop-Up Cinema service in the city.

The society matched the Lottery Funding from Creative England with its own contributions, to allow it to buy the brand new high-definition projector and accompanying equipment that will enable its Pop-up Mobile Cinema project.

The society’s chairman, Justin Smith, said that they held their first showing at Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal earlier in October and hope to use the new set-up to engage more local people.

He said, “Our main goal is to show movies from all different areas and involve the community in film.”

Until the purchase of the equipment, the society has been showcasing a range of smaller films from across the world at the Omega Community Centre in Southsea.

The society’s secretary, Aysegul Epengin, said the new equipment would allow them to expand the reach of the society.

“We want to expand and involve all community centres in Portsmouth,” Epengin said. “The films will be shown in Eastney, North End, Fratton and other community centres.”

The first film shown was the Oscar-winning The Artist. The next film to be shown by the society at the New Theatre Royal will be the Best Exotic Marigold on 11 December.