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Two new screens at the Barbican, a taste of Newcastle in Hollywood, and the 15th British independent film awards

Barbican berth

Two new cinema screens were unveiled at the Barbican last week, the first addition to the venue since London's now-stalwart arts institution opened 30 years ago. Dame Vivienne Westwood declared the building open by cutting a vibrant green ribbon which, it was announced, she had designed herself. Upon looking at it though, scissors poised, the Queen of Fashion declared: "I don't think I've ever seen this before so maybe my assistant chose it." The venue – for now called Cinemas 2 and 3, although I understand there is much internal debate about naming them – has a magnificent collage of movie-star stills on its back wall as you go into the screening rooms. There were several movie buffs puzzling over which films the images came from: was that headshot of John Wayne from She Wore a Yellow Ribbon »

- Jason Solomons

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