Deco Cinema
- Catherine Mugonyi

Catherine Mugonyi

A memorable and dreamlike cinematic experience from the moment you step through the door. Drawing inspiration from Blackpool’s rich entertainment history, specifically the art deco cinemas of the early 20th century.
Guests can relive the sense of occasion and excitement of a trip to the cinema in the comfort of a contemporary bedroom.

With deco-inspired design features and comfortable and high quality modern projection equipment, settle down for a stay full of cinematic bliss. Soak up the golden age of cinema with decorative vintage pieces from the 1930s and stylish furnishings suitable for the needs of the 21st century visitor.

Use the vintage film editor to look through 8mm holiday films from the 1970s and 1980s, or enjoy the carefully curated themed film library.

Room 1:05 ‘The Deco Cinema Room’

Catherine Mugonyi

A long-time resident of Blackpool, Catherine Mugonyi is a founding director and
programmer of the Winter Gardens Film Festival which focuses on the best of classic and contemporary black and white film in the spectacular historic setting of Blackpool Winter Gardens.

The festival regularly hosts international contemporary film artists and musicians as well as co-producing events with local students, volunteers and community groups.


Use the vintage film editor to look through 8mm holiday films from the 1970s and 1980s, or enjoy the carefully curated themed film library; films that give you a feeling of: 

Catherine McGonyi ART B&B Blackpool

Escape: Capture the release and excitement of a holiday town. A break from the ordinary, films which (like Blackpool) exist outside of day-to day life. A feel-good selection to make you warm and relaxed.
Adventure – Dreamtown: Magical, carefree, kitsch, travel-focused or even the stuff of nightmares.
Blackpool on Film: Films with a local connection. Going beyond the literal, not just set in Blackpool, but reflective of the wider culture of the town.
Winter Gardens Film Festival selection: Short films from the official selection of the Winter Gardens Film Festival short film competition. These films have been selected by a diverse panel of judges made up of film-makers, artists, academics, film students, film programmers and members of the local community.

All in all, this is a truly unique experience just for film fans, lovers of vintage style or those looking for a relaxing escape. 


Catherine is also a director and founder of Aunty Social, a voluntary arts organisation that provides accessible, affordable and participatory arts activities on the Fylde coast. She leads on Aunty’s Pop-up Picturehouse which provides screenings of independent and specialised film for community organisations and neighbourhood audiences in Blackpool.

Catherine is currently Creative Programmer at the Harris, a Museum, Library and Art Gallery in Preston and a trustee of Voluntary Arts. She spent many years as Equality Officer at Blackpool Council, which involved working with diverse communities in Blackpool to improve policy, service access and employment opportunity issues.