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“Not bad, shame about lack of NUS discount at weekends”
Review of Scott Cinemas

Scott Cinemas
Ranked #4 of 9 Fun & Games in Barnstaple
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

Screen 1 is much bigger than any other screen therefore lots more choices to sit which is good. Smaller screens more intimate.

Clean enough and well laid out, NUS discount is only available Mon-Thurs which seems strange, would be helpful if that was all week?

Thank Tom L
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Screen One is great, it used to be the only screen (when they had Bingo downstairs) and is what I think of as a proper cinema. Now that the Bingo halls have been replaced with screens two, three and four I find that when I do want to see a film it is invariably in screen two or three, these are very small and once when it was full we had to sit in the front row - it was horrible. The screen is huge and you are ridiculously close to it, so much so that you have to have your head at an uncomfortable angle to watch and the the closeness of the screen hurt my eyes. My two friends weren't overly happy but said they could cope (not what you really want on an evening out) and I could see that the VIP seats at the back were empty so I went out and asked it I could sit in one of those, I was told yes but would have to pay extra; I paid but thought it a bit mean as we were well into the film by then so it was unlikely anyone else was going to come and sit in them.
I think Scott Cinemas that you need to review the seating positions in these smaller rooms, if you get there early the seats taken up on a first-come first-served basis are always the ones furthest away from the screen, the front ones being the least popular. For me personally, if the only seats available are within 4 rows of the front I won't be watching!

Thank Jan d
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Lovely old art deco cinema, well run by friendly and efficient staff, they get very up to date films and the seats are comfortable

Thank george w
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

The cinema screens are all reasonable comfortable and reasonably well laid out. Most of the staff are relatively friendly and helpful most of the time- providing nothing is amiss... Showing most main releases at reasonable times- tickets are a (relatively) reasonable price at £6 for the standard adult ticket. It's the only real cinema in Barnstaple; but don't bother with the popcorn.

Thank ZoePincombe94
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Recently visited the Scott cinema in Barnstable while on holiday, the seats where uncomfortable / the screen was too HOT so much so my 9 year old was complaining all the way through and very unsettled, upon advising the customer service I was fobbed off and advised there was not a problem.

I found the staff unhelpful across the board and would chose never to return to this business in any part of the UK.

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