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Scott Cinemas

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77 Boutport Street | Boutport Street, Barnstaple EX31 1SR, England
+44 871 230 3200
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Better than expected

Only visited whilst on holiday with my family and found it surprisingly better than expected. Only... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Cheekycockney190757
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Great cineam

It’s a lovely small cinema with only 35 people in a screening which there are 4 of . Just Make sure... read more

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HISTORY This cinema was built on the site of the former Theatre Royal by a subsidiary company (Albany- Ward) of the Gaumont British Corporation, at that time the largest cinema operator in the country. Gaumont itself had Parisian origins but the British and French divisions split as a result of first world war difficulties. Gaumont France still exists. It opened on 3rd August 1931, as The Gaumont Palace, and was designed by the Bristol based architectural practice of W.H.Watkins who designed a number of significant cinemas for Gaumont in Coventry, Plymouth , Bristol and Exeter as well as many others in the Bristol and South Western area. As a single screen cinema it had 1124 seats with an elaborate 3 cove illuminated proscenium surround and cove in the ceiling. With sunburst effects over the doorways, silk panelling on the side walls and its' green cloister-tiled front elevation it had a somewhat Oriental-Art-Deco appearance. The main staircase and upper foyer/bar area retain many original, restored features and screen one particularly still impresses by its size and scale.By 1942 Gaumont and Odeon Cinemas were controlled by J.Arthur Rank and in the 60's it was decided to replace the "Gaumont" name with "Odeon" in places where they did not operate two or more cinemas. By the end of that decade ownership had passed to The Classic Cinemas ( which ultimately were acquired by Cannon Cinemas ) and thence to an independent operator based in Surrey. By this time the auditorium had been laterally split to form a Bingo club in the former stalls and a 435 seat cinema in the balcony area. For further information see "Gaumont British Cinemas" by Allen Eyles, BFI Publishing. CURRENT Scott Cinemas bought the building in late 1999, and embarked on an extensive programme of work to convert the ground floor into 3 auditoria. Two cinemas were constructed under the rear balcony, with a fourth cinema added in the former front stalls, with seating in a stadium configuration. Unlike most conversions of older buildings, care was taken to ensure complete symmetry in the design ensuring perfect sightlines. In 2008, the cinema was named RAAM "Independent Cinema of the Year." A further complete refurbishment took place during 2010-11 which included the complete redecoration of all front of house areas, installation of Digital 3D in Screen 1, revised decoration and lighting in all screens, and Digital sound in Screen 4. A Cafe Bar was provided in the upper foyer and all screens are licensed. At the end of 2011, all screens were converted to Digital Projection with 6-channel Digital sound. The construction additional screens on adjacent land is still a desirable project.
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77 Boutport Street | Boutport Street, Barnstaple EX31 1SR, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Only visited whilst on holiday with my family and found it surprisingly better than expected. Only paid for standard seating having read reviews which noted the absence of any advantage over premium seating. Booked online which was a little less straightforward than at a major...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a lovely small cinema with only 35 people in a screening which there are 4 of . Just Make sure to book tickets online as they are so small that you can’t just go in and expect to see the film you want without...More

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Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

Rude, intimidating un - helpful staff. Poor service you should be ashamed of yourselves. Made out to be lier.

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Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

We were staying in the area and decided to see a film. Seats were very comfortable and it was lovely and warm throughout the film not like our local big chain cinema. Would be glad to visit again.

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

I liked this cinema because it seemed just about the right size. The screen fine. Nice to not be in a warehouse of a place for a change. The seats were comfy. Looked like nice snacks and drinks on offer.

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Reviewed 27 December 2017

I was happy with the sound and vision experience but I was very disappointed with the lack of corrected information about when the film was due to end. I made sure that I researched the time the film started and the movie duration because I...More

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Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

What I can I say I’ve used this cinema countless times now and every experience is perfect. The staff are very accommodating and happy to help. Albeit the cinema is small but I think that adds to the charm and you never fail to see...More

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Reviewed 13 November 2017

I really do love this cinema. Me and my partner come every Monday as they have bargain Monday where tickets at £4.49 each, which is so cheap as means me and my partner as see a film every week at an affordable price. Cinema is...More

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Have been visiting the Scott Cinema in Barnstaple recently on Mondays to take advantage of their value for money cinema tickets. Even on other days of the week, the ticket prices beat that of the big chains. Visual and sound quality is high, and the...More

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Reviewed 9 November 2017

We were on holiday in the local area and as the weather was poor we decided to fill some time with a visit to the cinema. Our party chose 2 different films. Unfortunately the online booking facility wasn't working, but the member of staff who...More

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