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VIDEO: Squatters at the Cornerhouse Cinema are cleaning up before eviction today

  • The team behind the Loose Space squat at the abandoned Cornerhouse Cinema are being evicted later today
  • The squatters have been cleaning the space up after themselves
  • Loose Space has been providing Manchester with an "autonomous space" for people to "freely express themselves" for the past month
  • Full video report below:

Loose Space is finally being evicted from the old Cornerhouse Cinema. 

Earlier this month, the NQ reported that squatters had taken over the old abandoned cinema on Oxford Road and turned it into an "autonomous space," for art, music and fraternity. 

Cleaning up at the Cornerhouse squat
Squatters in the process of cleaning up the Cornerhouse

The enterprise has gone without a single incident for the entirety of the time the collective were in control of the iconic Mancunian building. No arrests, no violence, no property destruction. 

The response from the local community has been largely positive, with one activist telling the NQ that the council had been in touch with the collective about keeping on some of the art directors and preserving the building as an autonomous space for the public to get creative.

The group are being evicted later today, so they have been ensuring that the building is left in the same, if not a better, condition it was in when they found it. This seems to accurately represent the ethos of Loose Space. 

Have you been to the Loose Space squat at the Cornerhouse? Do you think the squat was a positive for the city? Let us know in the comments.

For more information on Loose Space and their future projects go to their official Facebook.

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