Reel Cinema

Union Place, Derry's Cross,
Plymouth, PL1 2SW

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allegroman
allegroman on July 13, 2018 at 9:08 am

The Royal Cinema is 80 years old this weekend, the only WR Glen cinema to have continuously operated as a cinema from construction to the present day. Under threat, we have formed a Trust to try and save this delightful building, and are supporting the efforts by the current local management to promote the cinema and keep it open. If you’re in Plymouth on July 15th, please come along and support the Royal/ABC/Reel!

d8rren
d8rren on March 26, 2018 at 10:06 am

Reopened after flooding on 07/01/18

Buffer
Buffer on January 6, 2018 at 11:19 am

Both Bingo hall and cinema closed “until further notice” after New years flooding in 2018.

Billy
Billy on December 14, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Still as of 2014 displaying obsolete ABC logos around the entrance, many years after said cinema chain went defunct!

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 16, 2012 at 10:56 pm

This theater is open.

Ian
Ian on August 6, 2012 at 12:57 am

Exterior shot of the Reel (under the Cannon banner) in 1991:–

PLYMOUTH CANNON

raoulgough
raoulgough on June 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm

There’s a series of articles about this cinema at the link below, with a new page for each of the names by which it was known (Royal Cinema, Theatre Royal, ABC Plymouth, etc.) One of the pages mentions that the Beatles played here in 1963.

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I saw Peter Jackson’s King Kong at this cinema at the end of 2005 on the big screen. The place was definitely a little run-down, and only about ten people there (with room for 500!), but a great place to see such a film. Way bigger and better than any multiplex I’ve been to.

Ian
Ian on March 25, 2010 at 2:10 am

Interior shot of one of the screens in 1991:–

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/4462155472/

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 26, 2009 at 7:30 am

The Reel Cinema and Gala Bingo Club, photographed in June 2009:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kayxh/3734236605/

Aaron77
Aaron77 on September 18, 2008 at 11:04 am

BREAKING NEWS!!! REEL CINEMA PLYMOUTH IS CLOSING IT’S DOORS FOREVER ON OCTOBER 2, 2008! FUTURE PLANS FOR THIS SITE INCLUED HOTEL, CONDO’S AND RETAIL OUTLETS.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 5, 2008 at 7:47 am

A photograph of the rear of the Reel Cinema, in October 2007:
http://flickr.com/photos/webrarian/1750581351/

Aaron77
Aaron77 on July 17, 2008 at 8:30 am

My main point was renovation, There is nothing wrong with keeping the glory of the old art deco look, Just keep up with the times.
A lot of the old remaining movie theaters in america have been renovated to keep up with todays standerds. See the lake theater in oak park, Illinois or the york theater in elmhurst, Illinois…Or the chicago theater for that matter…All 3 of these theaters are listed on cinema treasures.

Aaron77
Aaron77 on July 15, 2008 at 6:52 am

This movie theater is pretty rundown. It is in badly need of renovation, Inside and out. I went in there and saw ‘'HANCOCK’‘ just to find that the flooring in this place is all wood. That got me thinking ’‘What if a fire broke out’‘ This place would go up like a tinder box not giving anybody a chance to even get out. VERY UNSAFE!!! Another thing about this theater, There is no ventilation. Very uncomfortable & stuffy. Just another breeding ground for airborn bacteria and viruses. But given a chance and a massive renovation, This theater could be a very nice place to be. Maybe it would be better as a preforming arts center or concert venue or a movie theater again. But it’s plain to see that this cinema is doomed. I am surprised that it’s been standing this long. In america this place would of met the wrecking ball decades ago.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 15, 2008 at 5:09 am

A vintage ariel view of the Royal Cinema, in 1948, showing a patched-up roof, possibly after war-time damage:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/webrarian/552914714/
A vintage photograph of the ABC in 1972:
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Photographed as the Cannon in 1991:
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Circle foyer in 1991:
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