Dome Cinema

21-22 Marine Parade,
Worthing, BN11 3PT

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Dome Cinema

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A wonderful example of a fantastic Edwardian period picture house. It opened as an entertainment centre known as the Kursaal, and it also contained a 120 seat cinema known as the Electric Theatre which opened on 7th October 1911.

The main hall was converted into the Dome Cinema by 1921 and it originally contained 875 seats. The former Electric Theatre then became a restaurant.

The building underwent a full heritage Lottery funded restoration/renovation, closing in June 2005 and re-opening on 6th July 2007 with 580 seats in the original auditorium and a second 118 seat cinema in another part of the building.

The Dome Cinema is a Grade II* Listed building.

Contributed by Phil Jones

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brighton84
brighton84 on February 3, 2004 at 11:19 am

Sorry to bug you again Paul. Have a photo to include, but I see the facility to do so isn’t available on the site temporarily.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 18, 2005 at 8:51 pm

The website has been up-dated and also has a short promotional video presentation. The fully restored and renovated Dome Cinema is due to re-open Summer 2006.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 14, 2005 at 2:06 pm

Three photographs taken in Spring 1999 of the Dome Cinema, Worthing. Photos courtesy of Louis Barfe are taken from the Cinema Theatre Association website.

Exterior:
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Auditorium view from the front stalls:
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Projection box, still equipped with carbon arcs:
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WorthyDan
WorthyDan on January 5, 2006 at 2:02 pm

There are some great archive pictures here:
http://www.worthingdomecinema.com/

Ian
Ian on May 6, 2006 at 8:20 am

Yet more interior photos here – dating from 1991

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raubre
raubre on May 6, 2006 at 9:45 am

It kind of looks like a lighthouse. Neat!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 2, 2007 at 11:46 pm

Well it took a year longer than originally planned, but the Dome Cinema has finally re-opened on 6th July 2007 following its multi-million £’s restoration.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 30, 2007 at 4:53 pm

A photograph of the newly refurbished Dome Cinema in June 2007, just prior to re-opening:
http://flickr.com/photos/11763518@N00/897910391/

Ian
Ian on February 3, 2008 at 3:53 pm

And another exterior from 1987, showing how it dominates this part of the Marine Parade, here:–

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vost_bcn
vost_bcn on April 15, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Without a doubt my favorite cinema in the whole world. My craving for Maltesers comes from the beautiful concession stand in front of the doors. Watership Down may have been my first movie there. And endless reruns of Grease in 78-79.

For the longest time there was a poster in the lobby for Heaven Can Wait with Warren Beatty in his grey track suit. It never seemed to go down.

I’m so glad it’s up and running again.

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