Little Theatre Cinema
St. Michael's Place,
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Built by community theatre pioneer Consuelo de Reyes and her husband in 1935, the Little Theatre has remained in the same family since, retaining some of the decorative features of a typical 1930’s cinema while more recently undergoing a discreet conversion into a two-screen arthouse cinema and is now part of the wonderful Picturehouse Cinemas group.
The Little Theatre opened on 10th May 1935 with Consuelo de Reyes play “Vickie”, about Queen Victoria. The Little Theatre had 210 seats in stalls and circle levels. The proscenium was 16 feet wide and the stage 16 feet deep. There were six dressing rooms. From 20th January 1936 it was equipped with a Western Electric(WE) sound system and became a ‘News and Interest Cinema’. The cinema also boasted a tea and coffee lounge for the convenience of its patrons. It went over to playing feature films from 1939. This cosy little gem is situated in a small square off the main street in Bath and has a classical facade of cream stone, standing in front at dusk you can look up through the projection room windows and watch the spools of the projectors spinning round, all the staff seem to have been here forever.
If you have ever seen the classic British comedy film “The Smallest Show on Earth” then you know what to expect here, its cosy and lovely and very old fashioned, except its well maintained, has a great arthouse film programme and since the nearby Robbins Cinema closed it became Bath’s only independent cinema. The nearby ABC Beau Nash has now closed when owners Odeon opened a new six-plex just down the road.
Long live the Little Theatre Cinema!
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