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“It's Lovely, Stop Moaning”
Review of Royal Cinema

Royal Cinema
Ranked #2 of 3 Fun & Games in St Ives
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Owner description: The Royal Cinema is a 3 Screen Cinema. As part of Merlin Cinemas, Royal Cinema St Ives is part of the Movie Magic Discount Card scheme. See our website for more information.
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“It's Lovely, Stop Moaning”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

Came here with my brother last year on a family holiday, and it was lovely. It's a gorgeous, classic, small town cinema, and I'm so glad it's still running so well. To those saying it needs lick of paint; you see to have been expecting an Odeon, a massive chain cinema. This is not that. It is small and friendly, warm, and deserves more visitors than it possibly gets. If not for anything else, it's a piece of social history.
Good, current films, with good screen and sound, comfy seats, and relaxing. You're all doing such a good job, keep it up.

Visited August 2013
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English first
Leicester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Desperately in need of a refurbish!”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

After reading reviews we decided to give the cinema a try but in hindsight I really wish we hadn't! I was dubious as soon as we arrived as the outside is in dire need of a clean and lick of paint and once inside we realised we were the only people there. The screen we were in is in urgent need of a refit. The seats were frayed, some had holes and worryingly some we're missing entirely. There were also no lights or indicators of the steps down to the seats so if you go inside be careful not to trip.
I think the cinema could be great, it needs a lot of money investing in it though and frankly as we were only there for a few days we decided to leave and spend our time somewhere more pleasant. A real shame though, I'm sure it was fantastic in its hay day.

Visited May 2014
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midlands
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Use it !!”
Reviewed 19 April 2014

I think cinema goers should make sure they use this old sea side cinema to keep it ,
looks a bit tired but shows latest films something else to entertain kids with on dull days

Visited April 2014
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Warrington, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Keep this cinema!!!!”
Reviewed 11 March 2014

I can only second what others say. This is a local cinema. Shows all the films you could want to see together with live screenings from ROH, National Theatre and so on. It is not a multiplex and yes a bit threadbare but the screen and sound are great and it is so lovely to be able to just walk to a local cinema. It is a resource both the locals and visitors need. What else to do with kids on a wet day in August? And indeed where better to be on a wet evening in the middle of February?!
You can be cold there but wrap up warm! And they sell all the usual cinema snacks.
Staff are great. Nothing too much trouble. Hurrah for the personal, local, community cinema!
We are so lucky to have it.

Visited March 2014
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Oxford
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Hat a gem!”
Reviewed 3 February 2014

A real fleapit, but up to date films, good sound, and the nicest staff I have ever come cross in a cinema. Please visit if you are in St Ives, it is essential to keep it going

Visited January 2014
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