ABC Bournemouth

27 Westover Road,
Bournemouth, BH1 2BZ

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terry on January 9, 2017 at 4:07 pm

Article re closure:–


Very interesting to read the comments of the CTA’s Richard Gray when comparing the original ABC and Odeon circuits………

terry on January 7, 2017 at 9:41 am

World Premiere of ‘Happy Go Lovely'in 1951 :–

popcorn_pete on January 4, 2017 at 4:29 pm

Sad day! BTTF was voted for from a shortlist and shown at 1830. The regular films shown earlier in the day were Moana, Monster Trucks and Why Him? Full story at the following link with several photographs

thomastace on January 4, 2017 at 3:26 pm

It has closed with a performance of Back to the Future. Very sad.

rasLXR on January 4, 2017 at 12:57 am

The last ABC CINEMA of the once great UK circuit closes its doors tonight.

ritzman on January 3, 2017 at 10:38 pm

Last show this evening 04/01/2017 after 79 years & 6 months of film presentation – very sad!

ABCboi64 on December 11, 2016 at 4:38 pm

The ABC Bournemouth is expected to close on the 4th January 2017.

ABCboi64 on October 11, 2016 at 9:49 am

I have hired the ABC Bournemouth for a special performance of Flash Gordon this Thursday on screen one. Assuming all is well, the screen tabs will be re-activated for this screening. I expect this to be the final special performance before the cinema closes in the next few weeks.

Fabian_Breckels on August 30, 2016 at 7:51 am

Visited the ABC on Saturday and saw “Jason Bourne” in Screen 1. Sadly it’s being deliberately run down with the tabs and lighting abandoned and just semi-darkness and a bare screen to greet you. Also it was uncomfortably hot inside like even the plenum system had packed up.

I wasn’t allowed to take any photos but I can’t help feeling they are making the experience here as bad as possible so the multiplex comes across as an improvement. Apparently that opens in January or early February. Not the worst looking leisure complex to be honest and at least it’s only on the other side of the lower gardens. But I still think it’s mad to be eradicating cinemagoing in Westover Road. An epic fail by Bournemouth Council. Mind you, they blew £5m on demolishing the IMAX and leaving a hole in the ground, which kind of tells you all you need to know.

dericbotham on July 8, 2016 at 7:44 am

I remember this and the Gaumont (Odeon) further up Westover Road before they were twinned and after. As some people have said their glory days are over. However, let’s not forget that hey have both given wonderful service to Bournemouth over the years. I visited both in October last year with The Cinema Theatre Association of the UK. I fear the opportunity to visit these cinemas is limited. A new multiplex with some 10 screens will open in 2017 and replace both the ABC and the Odeon. The end of an era indeed

70mmbobbyj on November 24, 2015 at 2:35 pm

It appears that this and the other Odeon have been sold for “Redevelopment” Odeon will transfer to a new “multiplex” in 2017. This was from a recent CTA news letter and an article in the local paper. Sad times !!!!

RFJessopp on September 13, 2015 at 3:11 pm

Greetings I used to live in Bournemouth Many years ago and have a number of cinema photographs I should like to offer. How do I get them onto you website. Regards Bob Jessopp

Marcus17 on March 24, 2014 at 3:30 pm

A proper Cinema ! Working curtains, moving screen masking, and a massive Big Screen with Digital technology running in harmony – how cinema should be! A very theatrical experience and simply much more than what any modern multiplex can offer. It would be a good idea if the occasional 70mm film could be shown – that’s if this beautiful auditorium survives the tide of doom! In fact if cinemas like this go: could cinema itself be lost when one thinks about the technology available in the modern living room? Keep the theatre in cinema before it’s all possibly too late! Please see the Facebook campaign:

Fabian_Breckels on June 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Bournemouth Council plans to replace this cinema and the Odeon up the road with an underground multiplex. If that happens Bournemouth will lose two West End standard cinemas, ABC 1 & Odeon 1, If you live in Bournemouth please oppose these plans.

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dolbypro on August 16, 2009 at 6:32 am

Dear Andy Summers, Please stop posting all these ignorant, uneducated comments. We’d like to keep this open to actual professionals and not strange little men with nothing better to do. Go and get yourself a girlfriend or boyfriend. Thank you, now go away!

Monkeynut on August 12, 2009 at 3:33 am


You are enititled to an opinion. However, I think you are acting in a very immature fashion and are over-reacting to a point where you may possibly need help.

Cinefan on June 29, 2009 at 1:52 pm

A classic cinema with Digital 3D?

Well, good on the owners of this cinema. The people at Bournemouth don’t need to go that long to see 3D, all they need to do is go down to the ABC.

Monkeynut on June 25, 2009 at 10:42 am

UPDATE! Just been to see Transformers 2 in ABC1, Superb performance. Fantastic visuals and sound. Screen curtains working, new seats and flooring. Now also digital 3D installed (Don’t know why its not at neighbouring Odeon though?). Really can’t wait for the latest 3D blockbusters now.. Well done ABC cinemas!

drguywalker on June 17, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Went to the ABC recently. How the mighty have fallen. It looks very tatty and down at heel. Up in Screen 1 the famous Pullman Seats had been removed (probably long worn out to be fair) but crudely replaced with regular modern seats, leaving bits of bare wooden floorboard showing. The heating wasn’t working properly, the cleaning lights appeared to be on and the curtains weren’t used. All around were the vestiges of a super seventies cinemascope theatre…relegated to little more than a flea pit. Shame really. Can’t be long before the new multiplex comes along and puts it out of its misery.

james2003 on April 21, 2009 at 4:07 am

The future of the ABC and the Odeon (both situated in Westover Road) is in question (and has been for several years now) since plans for a £17 million leisure complex on the former bus station site in Exeter Road looks set to go ahead. The complex will include a nine-screen multiplex cinema, which will be operated by Odeon who own both sites on Westover Road. If the multiplex goes ahead the Odeon and ABC will most certainly close down.

woody on February 20, 2009 at 8:02 am

photo from 2003

is this the last ABC cinema in the UK?

james2003 on February 20, 2009 at 4:51 am

There used to be an ABC cinema in the Boscombe area of the town many years ago. It was closed in 1974 and The Sir Percy Florence Shelley pub on Christchurch Road was the former entrance to the place. This is the only part of the building which survives now. For many years the auditorium stood in a derelict state with the pub separated by a false wall. The auditorium was decorated in an Oriental style and many of its old seats and decor survived although at the time of demolition some seven years ago it was in a sorry state.