Silver Screen Cinema

1-2 Guildhall Street,
Folkestone, CT20 1DY

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Silver Screen Cinema

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A good old fashioned cinema. Originally the old town hall, it sits above a bookshop with two screens. The larger (screen 1) has a balcony and 403 seats, whilst screen 2, much smaller with 76 seats, has a list of the Mayors of the town on the back wall, still left over from its days as a town hall. Pictures of classic film stars hang on the walls, and in the entrance stairway pictures of Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin are on display. There is a traditional box office, with a small ticket off a roll, which is torn by the steward a whole three foot walk away.

In short it is a quaint little cinema, still going despite competition from a modern multiplex a few miles up the road. Both screens are equipped with digital projection and screen 1 has retained a FP20 35mm projector.

Contributed by Nicholas March

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 13, 2004 at 8:44 am

Another “quaint” cinema nicely described on this site is the Gem Cinema in Newport, Wales, q.v.
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MPol
MPol on December 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Cool!! Glad there’s another cinema that’s not a big multi-theatre cineplex.

Buffer
Buffer on February 8, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Interior shows main screen with Balcony in July, 2006. Threatened with mothballing in 2014 until funding for digital equipment secured. First showed films in the 19th century!

eggplant_casserole
eggplant_casserole on March 7, 2014 at 4:35 pm

As mentioned above, this cinema’s future past the end of the month is uncertain.

The sad thing is that it is not due to lack of bums on seats – it’s because distributors will no longer carry expensive 35mm prints of the latest films, and they cannot afford digital equipment.

Here are some articles from the local paper:

http://www.folkestoneherald.co.uk/Cinema-s-future-hangs-hope-digital-projector/story-20528093-detail/story.html

http://www.folkestoneherald.co.uk/Silver-Screen-Cinema-petition-reaches-2-000/story-20781699-detail/story.html

There is an online petition to the local council:

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/save-our-cinema-silverscreen-folkestone

The Silver Screen Cinema has been open for nearly 25 years and ended a two-year period without a cinema when the Cannon closed. That cinema was, in turn, open since 1912.

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