Poly Arts Centre

24 Church Street,
Falmouth, TR11 3EG

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Previously operated by: Union Cinema Co. Ltd.

Functions: Live Performances, Movies

Styles: Neo-Classical

Previous Names: Polytechnic Hall, Polytechnic Picture Hall, Falmouth Arts Centre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 440132.631.9461

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Poly Arts Centre

Built in 1835 as a home for the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society, it was designed by architect George Wightwick. From 1889, performances of dramatic plays were allowed. In around 1919, it was converted into a cinema, known as the Polytechnic Picture Hall. This lasted into 1936, when it was taken over by the Union Cinemas chain and immediately closed. In 2000 it became the Falmouth Arts Centre and in 2006, it was renamed Poly Arts Centre.

Due to the economic climate, the Poly Arts Centre was closed in January 2010, but was re-opened later in the year.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

ianmit78 on November 18, 2010 at 5:14 am

At the last look on the Poly’s website, this venue now appears to be open after much hard work from volunteers. Looking at the current programme, the venue will be used to exhibit films and host live performances on a regular basis.

DavidSimpson on August 25, 2013 at 3:12 pm

In July 2013 (when, despite the camera data, my photographs were taken) the Poly was showing an excellent range of limited release/art house films (I saw ‘A Hijacking’), generally on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Unfortunately, funds have yet to be obtained to fully convert to cinema-quality digital – the film I saw was projected from Blu-ray. Live shows also feature in the Poly’s wide-ranging programme.

MKR on September 27, 2014 at 4:13 am

The Poly was the first cinema venue in Falmouth and continues to attract audiences from across Cornwall. We are currently fundraising to upgrade to digital and we are over half way to out £50,000 target. Please consider helping us to achieve this. You can sponsor a seat, make a donation or come along to our Beatles Night fundraising event on 10th Oct. http://thepoly.org/whats-on/film/

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