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The Orpheus Cinema, Bristol

4.6
#10 of 126 in Nightlife in Bristol
This cinema is part of a Waitrose development that was carried out in the late 1960s and is built on the site of the original Orpheus Cinema. This was a very pleasant, typical 1930s suburban cinema with around 1,500 seats. Pictures are on display on the main entrance stairs.

It was fitted out and operated for many years by Star Cinemas, a National company who were well known for the creation of small, multi-screen cinemas all designed in what was then the latest style, with much use of purples, illuminated stair banisters & pyschedelic screen lighting.

Ownership passed from Star to Cannon, to MGM to ABC, then to a Mr Peter Walker until he assigned the lease to Reeltime Cinemas. They continued to operate it until February 2009 when it was acquired by Scott Cinemas.

Some refurbishment was carried out in May 2009 to improve the retail and other areas but care was taken to retain its better late 60s features which some 40 years on give it a particular appeal.

A further major refurbishment has been undertaken in 2012 which has seen the introduction of digital sound and projection, air conditioning, new accoustics, decoration and soundproofing.

This is a pleasant neighborhood cinema in an affluent part of the city which has a very loyal audience and is also enthusiastically supported by the many students in the area... a highly successful cinema and a little gem that still shines!
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  • A fantastic local cinema with friendly staff and comfy seats inside the screens. Both tickets and snacks are much more reasonably priced than at other cinemas in Bristol, and it is a great facility fo...  more »
  • This is a great little and small 3 screen cinema 1) Polite staff 2) Friendly staff 3) 3 screens for 90 - 110 people 4) Up to date releases 5) bookings can be made either in person or through their web...  more »
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  • If you go, highly recommend avoiding the back two rows. Sat in screen 1, one row from the back. There doesn't seem to be any decline in gradient between the back three rows so it was impossible not to have someone's head obstructing my view for the whole film. Who knows what the person behind me thought? Odd that no one else seems to have mentioned this. Cheap cinema, friendly staff, comfy seats, lots of legroom
  • Possibly the best cinema in England! Have a mug of tea or G&T and enjoy the latest film in comfortable,cosy friendly surroundings. Monday night is only £4. What's not to love?!
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