Little Theatre Cinema

St. Michael's Place,
Bath, BA1 1SF

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Ian on August 11, 2016 at 3:25 am

Some photos of this gorgeous little cinema, taken in August 2016, can be found here:–






woody on October 15, 2009 at 4:42 pm

a giant bill murray at the little “little theatre"
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woody on October 15, 2009 at 11:30 am

The Little Theatre has been immortalised for eternity in the excellent new Wes Anderson film THE FANTASTIC MR FOX, is a scene in the town when the animals are battling the farmers they run past the beautifully recreated frontage of the Little including the over door signage, the lobby and the big red CINEMA sign up the front.
I was quite speechless when i saw it last night at the opening night of the London Film Festival

edithapearce on June 4, 2009 at 3:06 am

In the mid 1960s I did a short relief stint at the nearby Forum. On one of my mornings off I wandered around Bath City and stood outside of the Little Theatre. A gentleman, who I believe may have been Michael Ball, told me about the cinema’s history and gave me a guided tour of the box and building. I was most impressed with the way that I was welcomed. Unfortunately I cannot recall the exact date of my visit but do recall that the cinema was showing “Citizen Kane” that week.

pdrg on February 10, 2009 at 4:47 am

The Little has recently launched a fundraising campaign “Love the Little” for essential building repairs and improvements (better wheelchair access, adding a small bar/social space, etc). The campaign was launched with a showing of vintage British comedy “The Smallest Show On Earth” followed by a Q&A session with stars Virginia McKenna and Leslie Phillips.

pdrg on November 26, 2007 at 6:21 pm

The Little Theatre was originally planned as a dual purpose theatre and newsreel cinema, however the placement of the projectors means the beams may be cut by people standing on the balcony – the main reason the balcony is used mostly for overflow seating for popular events (although with a polite request it may be available for regular screenings too!). The second, smaller screen used to be the flats and scenery store for the stage below – it was converted to a second screen with the dwindling use of the stage for plays (although occasional events still te advantage of the stage in screen 1).

The land beneath the cinema is (as with much of Bath) vaulted catacombs, although there is no convenient access from the cinema as it has been built over (whether by the screen 1 seating or the stage is debated).

Bath’s oldest usher ‘Michael Ball’ had worked in cinemas in Bath for 50 years of his life. ‘The Little’ (as it is locally known) was his last employer, Michael passed away in the same year as the cinema installed a digital HD projector to run alongside the 35mm projector – 2007.

woody on October 3, 2005 at 8:19 am

here are some pics of the interior and an early evening exterior shot of this fantastic hidden gem

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