East Anglia Picture Houses and Cinemas

Here’s 9 of the East Anglia’s most fascinating picture houses and cinemas….

ELECTRIC?PICTURE?PALACE One of the finest recreations of an early 20th century picture palace anywhere, with wonderful Art Deco glassand elegant chandeliers. It has a rising ‘Tiny Wurlitzer’ cinema organ, a Circle, a Kiosk, second features, usherettes, a commissionaire and the National Anthem – all creating a charming evocation of the golden age of cinema. Blackmill Road, Southwold, Suffolk (0844 556 9400) 

THE?REX?CINEMA The original Rex lived from 1938 to 1988, and was earmarked to become a housing development. Luckily for us it was saved and reopened in 2004. It has one huge screen set in a glorious 1938 art-deco proscenium with state-of-the-art projection and sound and the most luxurious seating. Park Street, Berkhamsted, Herts (01442 877759) www.therexberkhamsted.com

HARWICH?ELECTRIC?PALACE One of the world’s oldest working cinemas, it first opened its doors on 29 Nov 1911. Fully restored in the 1970s, the Grade II listed building is one of the most sigificant in the history of UK?cinema. King’s Quay Street, Harwich, Essex (01255 553333) www.electricpalace.com

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ALDEBURGH?CINEMA has been screening films continuously since 1919 when the auditorium was built onto the back of a 19th Century shop. The auditorium retains a number of fascinating original features, including art deco lights. In 1995 the cinema started the Aldeburgh Documentary Film Festival which has hosted many of the best documentary filmmakers in the UK, and it also has a Children’s Film Festival in October. High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk (01728 452996)

BROADWAY?CINEMA July 1996 saw the re-opening of this luxurious 1936 art deco picture house as a state-of-the-art, 4-screen cinema. Designed by Bennett and Bidwell, the cinema originally opened on 6 August 1936 to a black-tie gala screening of ‘Follow the Fleet’ starring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.Eastcheap, Letchworth, Herts (01462 681088) www.broadwaycinema.com

LEISTON?FILM?THEATRE Suffolk’s oldest cinema first opened its doors in Oct 1914, as the 700-seat Leiston Picture House. It’s latest refurbishment, in 2001, transformed it for the 21st century. Today it hosts all the latest film releases and a number of live stage performances. High Street, Leiston, Suffolk (01728 830549) www.leistonfilmtheatre.co.uk

CINEMA CITY Situated in the heart of historic Norwich, Cinema City is both a state of the art cinema and a stylish bar and restaurant – all housed in magnificently restored medieval buildings. St Andrew’s Street, Norwich (0871 902 5724)

REGAL?MOVIEPLEX A modern but art-deco themed four-screen cinema. Hans Place, Cromer, Norfolk (01263 510151) www.cromermovieplex.com

THE?ARTS?PICTURE?HOUSE Originally The Regal (1937-1972), it is now a wonderful three-screen cinema dedicated to showing the best in current, classic, independent and foreign language releases. It also hosts the Cambridge Film Festival every year. St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge (0871 704 2068) www.picturehouses.co.uk www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk

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