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The Orpheus Cinema, Bristol

4.6
#11 of 127 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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  • 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 »
  • We love this smaller cinema. It’s so welcoming and you can even have a mug of tea whilst watching a film. It’s reasonably priced which means we can go to the cinema as a family. They also seem to ofte...  more »
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  • Always book in advance, films are regularly sold out. Great films and live theatre streaming events. Comfortable seating and serves reasonable price snacks unlike other cinemas. As well as popcorn and soft drinks, kids pack, tea, coffee, ice-cream and wine are all available beforehand. This cinema is not wheelchair accessible.
  • 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 website 6) Prices are reasonable £5.75 (more for 3 D) - 7) Cheap day Mondays 8) Other discounts available 9) Silver screen on a Tuesday (and includes a coffee I believe) 10) Kids screenings on a weekend 11) local well supported cinema 12) Drinks and snacks available 13) Bookings will be needed for more popular films 14) Pub opposite to make a special occasion of it 15 ) Many other pluses 16) The number 2 goes past this There are drawbacks - no on site parking - Waitrose limits it during the day and closes at 9 pm!! So parking locally It is unlikely to be disabled friendly due to the flight of steps Great cinema and support it
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