Whether it’s witnessing the latest cinematic sensation, sitting down to a live theatre screening or enjoying a family flick, Gloucestershire movie buffs can take their pick of independent film venues.
Boasting unbeatable value, luxurious surroundings and even complimentary refreshments, Gloucestershire’s top ten indie film venues offer a unique cinema experience to soak-up in front of the big screen.
Aside from its position as the county’s leading live music venue, Gloucester Guildhall also hosts regular film screenings in its 100-seat cinema, offering an eclectic programme which sees modern blockbusters, indie flicks, live screenings, golden oldies, and more shown on the big screen.
Film fans can also take advantage of the venue’s competitive ticket prices, which cost £6.50 with concessions available; its bi-weekly Screen Teas screenings, which offer a coffee and cake for £1; and the Saturday afternoon family films.
Tewkesbury’s leading arts centre, Roses Theatre screens the widest range of films in the area, spanning the latest Hollywood movies; foreign language films; world cinema; independent productions; and more, which can all be enjoyed in its comfortable 370-seat auditorium.
The theatre’s varied schedule also includes dedicated film programmes, including Elevenses which offers a relaxed cinema experience alongside delicious hot drinks and free refills; Nappy Mondays which are exclusively for parents or guardians with a baby under 18s month to enjoy along with a complimentary drink; and relaxed screenings for those suffering with mental disabilities.
Offering unrivalled value for money, stylish Art Deco venue, Sherborne Cinema provides a boutique experience, screening recent releases and family-friendly films too – and good news for impatient film buffs, because there are no adverts to delay the on-screen action.
With tickets priced between £3.50 and £5; hot drinks, slush puppies and small popcorns for an amazing £1; and ice-cream, sweets, and other snacks also available at equally tempting prices, film-goers can stock up on goodies before sitting down to the film without any delays.
As part of its varied events programme, Bacon Theatre hosts regular film nights and live screenings within a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, ranging from classic films to new releases.
Whether it’s a screening from the National Theatre, a family film, or a modern flick which appeals, the venue’s diverse screening programme appeals to the masses. What’s more, Bacon Theatre is also the chosen host for Cheltenham Film Society's 70th season, which promises a line-up of world-class cinema.
Home to two screens, The Palace Theatre Cinderford is a family-friendly cinema with a rich heritage, providing great value tickets which start from £4.20 along with a range of confectionary and drinks – with its Midweek Tea Matinees promising a free hot drink and biscuits too.
Not only do film-goers have a choice of genres, spanning theatre, Hollywood flicks and children’s screenings, but they can also look forward to the venue’s comfortable seating, which offers a number of double-seat sofas for a luxurious viewing experience.
Those looking for the ultimate indulgence can look forward to a luxurious viewing experience at Barnsley House Hotel near Cirencester, which boasts its very own cinema, complete with plush leather armchairs for total comfort.
While cinema use is complimentary for hotel guests, non-residents can visit the stylish screening room during the venue’s special events, which include a Sunday Cinema Club and a Midweek Movie Night, both offering film entertainment along with a delicious meal.
A 100-seat cinema which is one of the oldest in the country, Wotton Electric Picture House screens a wide range of titles within a relaxed environment, with loyalty cards available for dedicated film lovers.
The diverse programme caters to all tastes, ranging from recent blockbusters and foreign films, to live theatre screenings, classic movies, and even on-screen exhibitions.
Part of a boutique chain with fourteen venues across the country, Studio Cinema Coleford is home to two screens which show Hollywood’s latest releases, along with providing a special event cinema programme of live stage screenings.
Along with its impressive film listings, the cinema offers quality ticket prices, with adults costing £5, or £3 with a Movie Magic Card; children costing £4; and a special Mini Merlin deal which invites young film fans to enjoy a matinee performance for just £1.99.
Situated just beyond the border in Evesham, The Regal Cinema is well worth the journey for a luxury cinema experience within majestic surroundings, with an on-site café and bar serving alcoholic beverages, hot and cold drinks, cakes, light bites, and snacks.
Spanning everything from concert and theatre screenings to recent releases, the luxury cinema invites visitors to take their pick of deluxe love seats, candle-lit tables, and royal box seats, where they can sit back and indulge in some escapist entertainment.
Cheltenham’s local theatre, The Playhouse, launched a regular film screening programme in 2016 after receiving funds from an anonymous benefactor, with an impressive programme focusing on classics, cult films, and hidden gems.
With evening tickets costing £7 and family matinees costing £3.50; access to The Playhouse’s bar before the screening; and no trailers or adverts, the theatre offers a charming environment and the chance to catch unique screenings.
By Kathryn Godfrey
Friday 12 February 2016
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