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Scott Cinemas

77 Boutport Street | Boutport Street, Barnstaple EX31 1SR, England
+44 871 230 3200
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Screen One ok, the other screens not so

We went to watch How to Be Single, and although it was its first showing night, it was allocated... read more

Reviewed 7 March 2016
Sarah P
Do not go here.

We went to see 'the forest' and not only did they take forever to clean up in between films but the... read more

Reviewed 28 February 2016
Bude, United Kingdom
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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
+44 871 230 3200
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Reviewed 7 March 2016

We went to watch How to Be Single, and although it was its first showing night, it was allocated Screen 2. Oh deary me, this Screen most definitely needs some attention! The seat fabrics are worn and fraying, and it felt like we were sitting...More

1  Thank Sarah P
Reviewed 28 February 2016 via mobile

We went to see 'the forest' and not only did they take forever to clean up in between films but the food and drink are extremely overpriced. £1.80 for a bottle of water? I think I'll stick with the one I bought for 50p from...More

1  Thank Sia177
Reviewed 2 January 2016 via mobile

I went out to the cinema. Yes it was!! Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Oh! Amazing. Barnstaple cinema, screen 1, Dolby surround sound, box of potato snacks, bottle of water, Pullman seats, over two hours of mind numbing, ear crushing, HD, wide screen action. Was...More

Thank Johntrombone
Reviewed 15 November 2015 via mobile

Very impressed with our cinema in Barnstaple . Clean , comfy seating and restaurants and shops just outside so a great location and a super find . 007 also a fantastic film !!

Thank Ani4art
Reviewed 3 November 2015

Always enjoy a visit to the cinema and here the staff are always friendly and helpful and it is not over priced. The seats are comfortable enough and it is cleaner than a lot of cinemas.

Thank melga84
Reviewed 11 October 2015 via mobile

There is only one cinema in Barnstaple and this is it! It's an independent which has one large screen (non wheel chair access) with 3D capability- screen 1; one medium sized screen also with 3D capability - screen 4; and two small 2D only screens...More

Thank Spoonios
Reviewed 2 September 2015

Service very good / staff very polite and helpful / very clean / good information on up coming films / plenty of choice of sweets / snacks the hot peanuts are delicious ! Worth a visit , the place still feels intimate and personal has...More

Thank Angela C
Reviewed 26 August 2015 via mobile

Not actually find one hindered words to describe a cinema !! So I'll just add that it's worth a visit to the fishmongers in butchers row and some great pasty shops enroute !

Thank Lisannick1709
Reviewed 24 August 2015 via mobile

Visited the cinema twice in the week we were staying in the area went once by myself and once with family (2 children under 5) was only 6.50 for a normal adult ticket and we went to the kids Saturday morning film where it was...More

Thank Theshadowknows17
Reviewed 16 August 2015 via mobile

Visited today 16/08/15 to watch the 1115am viewing of the kids film inside out which my 5 year old niece very much enjoyed. The Cinema itself is not the reason behind this review but purely based on one staff members awful behaviour. The older blonde...More

Thank twist88
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