36 St. John's Street,
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Alhambra Cinema (Official)
Operated by: Graves Cinemas Ltd.
Styles: Art Nouveau
Previous Names: Alhambra Picture Theatre
One of my favourite cinemas in which to see a film, the 600-seat Keswick Alhambra Cinema has been entertaining audiences since around 1913. By 1969 it was operated by the Graves Cinemas Ltd. chain. Until the mid-1980’s it was still lit by gas.
Wonderful ornate red brick façade with Edwardian swags of fruit decorating the two story building.
Inside the screen has been brought forward to accommodate CinemaScope but the traditional stalls and single balcony remains with decorative bands across the flattened barrel vault ceiling.
Often threatened with closure, the Alhambra Cinema keeps surviving and has been updated with new seating and Dolby stereo. A film society arranges vintage/classic screenings on selected dates through the winter months.
Still run by the small Cumbrian circuit of Graves & Son. Following closure and refurbishment during the Covid-19 pandemic, it reopened on 15th November 2021 having gained a second screen with 29 seats, located under the balcony.
If you visit the Lake District a visit to the Alhambra Cinema is a must!
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