ABC Bournemouth

27 Westover Road,
Bournemouth, BH1 2BZ

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70mmbobbyj on November 24, 2015 at 4:35 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 5:11 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 5:30 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 2:05 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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Ross Melnick on August 16, 2009 at 11:31 am

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dolbypro on August 16, 2009 at 8:32 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 5:33 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 3:52 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 12:42 pm

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 5:15 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 6:07 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 10:02 am

photo from 2003

is this the last ABC cinema in the UK?

james2003 on February 20, 2009 at 6:51 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.