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Winning tip: Peninsular footage, Argyll & Bute

Campbeltown Picture House on the Kintyre peninsula is superb. Recently refurbished, it has retained all of its unique allure (it has been a functioning cinema since 1913) however is now a welcoming, up to date house providing two screens and a restaurant. Screen 1 will blow you away with its atmospheric ceiling and half-timbered “wee house” options. It exhibits all the most recent releases, nice classics and streamed stay theatre. It is a unbelievable cultural hub in a distant, rural space and testomony to the relentless laborious work of the volunteers who fund-raised to get the refurbishment mission off the bottom.
• Adult from £7,
Emma Macalister Hall

Films above your station, North Yorkshire

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Step into a good looking Victorian prepare station, alongside the River Swale in Richmond, North Yorkshire, to seek out the lovingly created Station Cinema, with three intimate screens set above the unique platforms. You can see the most recent movies, or rent one of many screens for a non-public viewing. The cafe-bar within the vibrant, spacious centre will fulfill your palate whilst you gaze on the artwork gallery above your heads. Artisan meals retailers entice you to browse earlier than curtain up. With fewer than 100 seats per display screen, it’s at all times a comfortable really feel.
• Adult £7,
Sara Cox

Every week we ask our readers for suggestions from their travels. A collection of ideas shall be featured on-line and will seem in print, and one of the best entry every week (as chosen by Tom Hall of Lonely Planet) wins a £200 voucher from To enter the most recent competitors go to the readers’ ideas homepage

Seaside particular, Gwynedd

Interior of Magic Lantern, Tywyn, with Hitchcock, Monroe and Laurel and Hardy murals.

Interior of Magic Lantern, Tywyn, with Hitchcock, Monroe and Laurel and Hardy murals. Photograph: Alamy

The Magic Lantern Cinema in Tywyn. Lovingly restored inside, small and tremendous pleasant bar and little field workplace as you enter. The seats are all from the unique cinema and the sound is state-of-the-art. The constructing dates again to 1893 (it was the city’s meeting rooms), and has been displaying movies from way back to 1900. There are particular showings for these who want a extra relaxed environment, incapacity entry to the bottom flooring and no movie prices greater than £6. There are additionally two different phases for stay occasions.
• Adult from £5,

Freethinking, Newcastle

Interior, Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle

The Star and Shadow Cinema is a welcoming volunteer-run cinema with a coverage of openness, range and inclusion. It has at all times been a haven for freethinking and experimentation. It is the form of cinema that helps and nourishes its group, giving again far more that it asks for in return. If you wish to study in regards to the world by cinema, attention-grabbing individuals and every thing related to cinema as an area for change, that is the place to go.
• Tickets round £6,
Dominic Smith

Peak cinematic expertise, Derbyshire

Exterior and street, the Northern Light cinema, Wirksworth

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The finest little impartial cinema ever is the Northern Light in Wirksworth: its patchwork seats and sofas are full up night time after night time. Great tapas earlier than the movie, a fantastically adorned bar and a very different collection of occasions make it effectively value a go to. From jazz nights to native movies and Christmas classics like It’s a Wonderful Life, it’s an integral a part of this Peak District city.
• Adult £eight.95,
Cathy Brown

Whirled away, south London

Whirled Cinema, Loughborough Junction, London, in a railway arch

Satisfy your sense of pleasure each time you unlock, along with your Oyster card, the key door to Whirled Cinema, a hidden gem underneath a railway arch by Loughborough Junction station. Just £99 for an annual membership for you and a visitor provides you entry to 50 movies a 12 months, a weekly altering line-up that transports you away from the on a regular basis and into tales from across the globe. Grab a beer or glass of wine from the tiny bar, settle in in your purple upholstered pew and let the sounds of the trains passing overhead whisk you into the world of Whirled Cinema.
Erika Moisl

Community care, County Down

Exterior of Newcastle Community Cinema, Northern Ireland.

Newcastle Community Cinema in Northern Ireland is a good shout. From humble beginnings in a shared corridor, with low cost drinks scorching popcorn and a crew of informal volunteers – it has grown right into a unbelievable venue and is notching up award after award. These guys actually care. From the themes they construct, to customized intros from administrators and UK first screenings (Restrepo and Marwencol I feel) to their children’ & household screenings, this place is a pleasure to go to. Proper indie, reasonably priced – however with a contemporary venue and on-line ticketing, it smashes any excessive avenue cinema going.
• Tickets from £5,
Mark Hamill

Depot delight, East Sussex

Exterior The Depot, Independent Cinema and Cafe/Bar Restaurant, Lewes

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The Lewes Depot is a impartial group cinema and cafe-restaurant that since opening in May 2017 has quick grow to be a central a part of life on this city. Taking its title from its unique function as a depot for the GPO and, later, the native Harvey’s Brewery, the cinema provides an revolutionary programme of up to date and basic movies plus particular occasions, visitor audio system, and academic workshops.
• Tickets from £6,
Nathan Westley

Village individuals, Lincolnshire

Kinema in the Woods, Woodhall Spa exterior

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The Kinema within the Woods in Woodhall Spa is a beautiful family-run cinema. The lobby is stuffed with fascinating cinematic objects (an outdated commissionaire’s uniform, snack carts, a Dalek, a life-size Humphrey Bogart) in addition to locations to purchase popcorn, espresso, beer and ice-cream. It was opened in 1922 and claims to be the one full-time cinema within the UK nonetheless utilizing rear projection. There is an interval in all movies, so you possibly can come out for but extra ice-cream. Even extra excitingly, in the course of the interval an organ and organist stand up in entrance of the stage, taking part in present tunes and Abba hits. Tickets are solely £7 (£6 for youths – they usually try this for 2-for-1 meerkat factor). It’s an totally magical place.
• Adult £7,
Sarah Jones

Soho on sea, Cornwall

Red seats in Newlyn Filmhouse cinema, Cornwall

Newlyn Filmhouse, Cornwall

Entering Newlyn Filmhouse can really feel such as you’ve left rural Cornwall and arrived in Soho. The cinema is in a transformed fish warehouse within the coronary heart of a nonetheless working fishing group, with boats moored only a few yards away, however exhibits movies not out there elsewhere in Cornwall. A restaurant/bar serves seafood and selfmade truffles, and is well-stocked with drinks for patrons to get pleasure from in two plushly furnished screens. Local Moomaid ice-cream will also be taken in, however crunchy snacks are banned.
• Adult from £7, annual membership £30 with reductions and two tickets,
Jane Reynolds

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