i work at this cinema and i have been their 5 years now and love working in such an old building
In many English towns, you can go into a shop or showroom, and immediately recoginise that 'this used to be the cinema'. Such buildings are fairly common, but the 'cinema which used to be something else' is much rarer.
The Odeon in Salisbury is an excellent example. The mediaeval half-timbered frontage is a good sign that the building long predates the invention of the cinematograph. Indeed, it does; it was built as the residence of one John Hall in the 15th Century!
In the narrow, high-ceilinged hall, now the foyer, much has been preserved, from the shields and weapons on the walls to the mullioned windows and stone fireplace.
Inside the auditorium, though, all is modern. We were there to see a 3D film, a cutting edge technology which makes you feel as if you're actually there. Except for the seats ... they're a bit hard!
This cinema is so gothic that with the right film it is quite an eerie experience just to sit in the cinema. The first film i watched here was a Harry Potter film, and the cinema felt rather like Hogwarts with gargoyls and stone floors greeting you, then high beamed ceilings when you get into your cinema screen. The architecture of the building is almost distracting! As the building is so old, and odeon have maintained so many original features, the cinema is not the most comfortable as the seats are quite close together and if like me you have long legs this makes you feel rather squashed! It can often feel quite full in the foyer as it is quite small. Don't be detered though, the atmostphere is worth it!
A nice, local cinema in a nice, victorian building, apart from a few minor things, i'd go back again and again.
Good little cinema,very sttange feeling to walk through the lobby as it looks more like a museum.
Also had to wait for them to clean the screen before seeing the film .lol
Very old building and old seating too. My advice would be to go to the Southampton Odeon as the seats, screens and sound are all superior.
amazing building very atmospheric, enhances your film experience,, as with all cinemas food and sweets expensive, but never had a problem bringing my own stuff in for the kids
only place local for films lovely grade listed building and modern cinema
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