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  • Due to Government guidelines and in response to the current health emergency Totnes Cinema will be closing from today until further notice.

  • We plan to reschedule all films in our current line up for future screenings. In the meantime we will be contacting everyone who has purchased tickets for any scheduled event to inform them of their options. The Totnes Cinema Cafe will also be closed until we can clarify it's ongoing status but hope to be up and running as soon as possible.







  • Totnes Cinema and the Totnes community will stand together, both to get through this period of hardship and to emerge stronger, healthier and more vibrant in the near future.Thank you for all your help and support
Membership
Totnes Cinema Membership
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  • Re-opening the much loved Romany Cinema has only been possible thanks to enthusiastic local support - If you'd like to be a part of this exciting project to bring the magic of cinema back to Totnes then why not become a member? If you are looking for gift ideas we have Membership gift cards. If you'd like to find out more say hello at the box office.

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  • Single Membership £50:
        - 2 complimentary cinema tickets upon joining
        - Up to £2 off cinema tickets
        - 10% off at the bar
        - A huge boost to self esteem with a warm feeling of belonging!

    Membership for Two £80:
        - 4 complimentary tickets plus the discounts above for two members
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History

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A Brief History

Built around 1880, 27a High Street used to be the town's Temperance Hall and first became a cinema in 1946 when it was used by a travelling cinema for Thursday night screenings. Ken Prout has kindly given his permission to include excerpts from his publication "The History Of Totnes Cinemas" (available from the Totnes Museum)


Selected Images Courtesy of the Totnes Image Bank

1951-1964

"The Romany Cinema"

Smallest Cinema- Greatest Entertainment. Best remembered of all the cinemas in Totnes was The Romany, opened on June 25th 1951. The owners Kelvin and Grenville White.

Romany Screen

The hall was completly refurbished with a new screen, projection box, cashiers box and ladies and Gent's toilets. Tip-up seating purchased from the Paignton's Regent Cinema provided luxury sprung seats in the rear four rows. The new layout slightly reduced the overall capacity from 161 to 146 seats.

Projection Room

There were no stairs in those days, the projection box was reached by climbing a vertical metal ladder, no easy feat when carrying large rolls of film.

Picture goers came in large numbers with Saturday night queues often running along the narrow passageway and under the Butterwalk as far as Harlequin Books, many waiting for anything up to three hours to see such legendary films as Breakfast at Tiffany's; High Noon; and Twelve Angry Men. Another large audience came on Saturday mornings to the children's show, where American Westerns were a favourite, with Roy Rogers Club badges proudly worn by sometimes noisy and excitable audience.

The cinema industry's links with romance, both on and off screen, are legendary. A trip to the pictures has long been a popular 'date', with many picture goers having their own special memories. Curiously, when the fixtures and fittings of the Romany Cinema were finally removed, five wedding rings were found lodged in framework of the tip-up seating - it was the 60's after all. If you are interested in finding out more about the history of cinemas in Totnes please visit the Totnes Museum.

The Mission
Re-opening Totnes Cinema
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  • The Mission: We're working on returning the old cinema venue to its former glory. Run as a social enterprise and supported entirely by the generosity of local people, we want the Totnes Cinema to embrace the character and colour of this unique town, offering a cultural, educational and entertaining experience in the heart of Totnes. A relaxed social space for all ages where you can meet to chat before a performance of film or theatre and linger to reflect afterwards.



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  • Red Walls


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  • Totnes Cinema

  • 27a High Street

  • Totnes TQ95NP

  • England

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