12 independent film venues in Gloucestershire

There has never been a more important time to support independent cinema in Gloucestershire. From plush boutique film venues and historic rural cinemas to community theatres and dynamic arts venues, grab a bucket of popcorn and head to one of SoGlos's handpicked independent cinemas for some big screen movie magic.

With Cineworld cinemas across the UK currently closed, and support for independent organisations never needed more, head to one of Gloucestershire’s top 12 indie film venues for a unique cinema experience in front of the big screen.

Whether it’s witnessing the latest Hollywood cinematic sensation, sitting down to a live theatre stream or enjoying a family flick, Gloucestershire movie buffs can take their pick of independent film venues in the county…

1. Gloucester Guildhall cinema in Gloucester

Gloucester Guildhall's cinema was fully refurbished during lockdown and re-opened in October 2020, hosting regular film screenings in its 100-seat cinema.

With full social distancing measures in place, film fans at Gloucester Guildhall can take advantage of the venue’s competitive ticket prices, Gloucester city centre loction and nearby car parking – as well as an eclectic programme, which includes modern blockbusters, indie flicks, golden oldies and more on the big screen.

2. Roses Theatre cinema in Tewkesbury

Tewkesbury’s leading arts centre, the 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 – reduced to allow for social distancing.

The Roses Theatre’s varied schedule also includes dedicated film programmes, including Elevenses, which offers a relaxed cinema experience and Nappy Mondays which are exclusively for parents or guardians with a baby under 18 months, as well as relaxed screenings for those with disabilities.

3. Sherborne Cinema in Gloucester

Sherborne Cinema received a British Film Institute grant to help make the cinema fully Covid-compliant. And, as well as offering unrivalled value for money, the independent Gloucester cinema provides a boutique experience, screening recent releases and family-friendly films too – with no adverts to delay the on-screen action!

With tickets priced between £4 and £6, as well as hot drinks, popcorn, ice-cream, sweets also available at equally tempting prices, Sherborne Cinema’s film-goers can stock up on goodies before sitting down to the film, without any delays.

4. Bacon Theatre cinema in Cheltenham

As part of its varied events programme, Bacon Theatre in Cheltenham usually hosts regular film nights and live screenings within a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, ranging from classic films to new releases.

Currently closed during the Coronaviru pandemic, when the Bacon Theatre cinema re-opens, visitors can expect screenings from the National Theatre, family films and modern flicks.

5. The Palace Theatre cinema in Cinderford

Home to two screens, The Palace Theatre cinema in Cinderford is a family-friendly cinema with a rich heritage, providing great value tickets, along with a range of confectionary and drinks.

Not only do Forest of Dean 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.

6. Barnsley House cinema in Cirencester

Those looking for the ultimate indulgence can enjoy 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 hotel’s special events, which include a Sunday Cinema Night and a Midweek Movie Night, both offering film entertainment along with a meal.

7. Wotton Electric Picture House cinema in Wotton-under-Edge

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.

8. Studio Cinema in Coleford

Part of a boutique chain with 14 venues across the UK, 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 Forest of Dean cinema offers good value ticket prices, for adults and children.

9. The Playhouse Theatre cinema in Cheltenham

Cheltenham’s local theatre, The Playhouse, launched a regular film screening in 2016 after receiving funds from an anonymous benefactor, with an impressive programme focusing on classics and cult films.

With 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.

10. The Barn Theatre cinema in Cirencester

Gloucestershire’s newest independent cinema, as well as staging live theatre performances, The Barn Theatre in Cirencester has also began showing films on its big cinema screen, from October 2020.

Bringing independent cinema to the Cotswolds, film fans can expect to watch an eclectic variety of films at The Barn Theatre, spanning blockbuster and family flicks.

11. Tivoli Cinema Cheltenham

Originally due to open in April 2020, Cheltenham’s Tivoli Cinema is set to be a plush venue for film fans, currently being built in Regent Arcade, on the sight of former BHS store.

Delayed due to the Cornovirus pandemic, while no official launch date has been confirmed, if the Bath sister venue is anything to go by, Cheltenham’s new boutique cinema is set to be one of the most plush cinemas in the south west.

12. The Regal Cinema in Evesham

Situated just beyond the county border in Evesham, The Regal Cinema is well worth the journey for a luxury cinema experience within majestic surroundings. Featuring an on-site café and bar The Regal Cinema hosts everything from concert and theatre screenings to recent releases.

Inviting visitors to take their pick of deluxe love seats, candle-lit tables, and royal box seats, guests at The Regal can sit back and indulge in some escapist entertainment.

© SoGlos
Wednesday 21 October 2020

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