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Entertainment in Cornwall

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Entertainment in Cornwall

Your Guide to Entertainment in Cornwall

Find out about the best theatres and cinemas available in the local area.

Minack Theatre

A Roman style outdoors amphitheatre holding on to the granite cliffs over the coastline at Porthcurno. The impressive Minack Theatre was constructed in the 1930s. It was a hobby project - by the late Miss Rowena Cade who resided in the large house behind the theatre.

Looking from above, it looks as though it was built by some Greeks, 2 thousand years ago. As if they had carved a theatre right into the granite cliffs of Porthcurno, Cornwall. Actually, it was just under eighty years ago. Before that, there was absolutely nothing there except a sloping gully of gorse and heather and below that, the sea of the Atlantic Ocean.

The summertime theatre season runs from May to September. It provides drama, musicals and opera in this most remarkable of settings. Day visitors can discover this world well-known open-air theatre. It is crafted from a cliffside at Porthcurno by Rowena Cade.

The sub-tropical gardens have actually come to be a recognised favourite. These are loved particularly by garden enthusiasts with a preference for the exotic. The wonderful plants grow on the open cliffside supplying an added dash of colour to the Minack all the time.

The theatre was the brainchild of Rowena Cade. She moved to Cornwall after the First World War and constructed a residence for herself and her mum on land at Minack Point for ₤ 100. 

Her sister the feminist dystopian writer Katharine Burdekin and her partner lived there from the 1920s.  In 1929, a regional village team of gamers had staged Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in a neighbouring field at Crean. They repeated the production the following year.

They decided that their following show would be The Tempest and Miss Cade provided the yard of her house as a suitable area, as it was beside the sea.

Miss Cade and her gardener, Billy Rawlings, made a terrace and seating. They hauled materials below the house or up through the winding course from the coastline below.

While shows are not occurring, this special Theatre is worth a visit. It's nearby Visitor Centre informs of the history and advancement of the Theatre can be seen at a little charge. Sometimes rehearsals can be seen during these views allowing a 'sneak preview' of the next program!

Plaza Cinema

The Plaza is a 5 screen cinema situated in Truro city centre geared up with all the most up to date digital forecast and audio devices. Four of the 5 screens come to wheelchairs and there is a qualified bar.

The Plaza opened in February 1936 with a seating capacity of 1,176 in stalls and circle. It was created in an art deco style by kept in mind Bristol based movie theatre architect William Henry Watkins.

The Cinema presently has five screens, all of which offer cutting-edge sound and vision devices. Displays one to four have wheelchair accessibility, with screens one and 4 on the first floor and accessible through a lift. Screens two and three are found on the ground floor. Screen 5 has no wheelchair access however. 

The Cinema has 4 screens, all which supply modern sound and vision technology. 

A certified bar off the foyer additionally makes it possible for drinks to be taken to the seats. 

All screens are now outfitted with Digital NEC projection and full Dolby Stereo Surround Sound. 

Display 1 has 7.1 Dolby Stereo whilst display 2 has the capability to reveal 3D motion pictures via the Real D 3D forecast system. 

Display 2 additionally has a 35mm projector, enabling the cinema to show 35mm discussions.

Films are revolved weekly so there each film is played in an accessible display (ask the cinema for details). Hearing systems are offered. Both autism friendly and subtitled screenings are also available ( ask the cinema for details ). All screens are completely air conditioned.


Sterts Theatre provides a one-of-a-kind chance to experience the live theatre in a special outside setup. The incredible covered open air theatre has an amazing and varied program of drama and theatre throughout the summertime.

The theatre bar and diner are open on all performance nights and the Sterts BBQ has actually come to be a preferred function of an evening at Sterts. Bring a cushion and a blanket and enjoy the program.

Performances for summer season 2017 included:

Sterts Theatre Company manufacturing of Bugsy Malone, My Fair Lady, Arsenic & Old Lace and Macbeth.

A-list funny from BBC radio stalwart Jeremy Hardy

Camp Theatre manufacturing of School for Scandal and Quartet

Kernow King starring in the story of Cornish tale Trevithick

Firm favourites Illyria with a diverse range of programs, the Emperor's New Clothes, Pride & Prejudice, the Mikado and the Lost World

Bodmin Moor poetry event, consisting of celebrations of the centenary of the excellent Cornish poet Charles Causley

Special programs for kids such as Cornwall's well-known Squashbox Theatre, the Princess and the Pig by Folksy and Wennie & Jago's huge adventure with puppets, dance and music

Heartbreak Theatre's adjustment of David Walliams hilarious unique Billionaire Boy

Music offerings from locals Roche Brass, the East Cornwall Bach Choir and Plymouth Symphony Orchestra plus Keith James honouring Leonard Cohen and a Glenn Miller night with the Dave Hankin Big Band

Sterts Singers inviting other groups in a Chorus of Choirs and naturally our acclaimed Last Night of the Proms

Sterts Café and bar are open on all performance evenings, and pre-show dishes can be booked online along with your tickets. A two course scrumptious home cooked dish costs simply ₤ 15.00 each.  The coffee shop and conservatory offer the suitable setting for summer evening dining. Best of all, users of in the café get scheduled seats.

Alternatively, bring a picnic to enjoy the roomy tree lined grounds before the performance.  Make the effort to explore a little or delight in the art gallery.

Newlyn Picturehouse

The  Picturehouse is accessed by a ramp that leads up to the primary entryway. There is an assistance bell at the front door. When inside the Filmhouse there is a lift which goes up one floor to the first floor.

There is a no food plan in the Newlyn Filmhouse. Our goal is to provide a 'rustle free setting' so that all our audiences can value film and unique events uninterrupted. We additionally ask for that only beverage or ice cream purchased on the property is taken into the displays.

Newlyn Filmhouse is an excellent room for Private Hire. This has been made use of for events, book signing, private screenings, and business conferences.

The art home theatre makes complete use the previous fishing storage facility. It features two displays, a bar, café and an entrance hall while retaining the outdoors look of the typical structure.

The owners described they are "passionate about film". Their vision was to bring individuals to Newlyn. They wish to inspire others to value cinema and develop "10 to 15" jobs there. This proved the area a much-needed boost.

The Accessible Toilet gets on the Ground Floor

Display 2 is on the Ground Floor

Screen 1 and the Café/ Bar are both on the First Floor

Both Screens have a Wheelchair Space positioned on the aisle end of the Row. Both conveniently situated simply inside the Entrance doors right into each Screen

They can organise the seating in the upstairs Café Bar to fit wheelchair users

They can organise the seating in the upstairs Café Bar to fit wheelchair users

The Picturehouse were delighted to win the South West Excellence Awards for Best Inclusive Building 2017. This was awarded from Local Authority Building Awards.

" The movie theatre sector is growing," said Miss Sinclair. "It's the cheapest night out-- it would  supply jobs and would be a wonderful thing to do all the time."

Miss Sinclair and her partner have been searching for the right place for 6 years after transferring to Cornwall from London in 2007. They then began to prepare for the potential Newlyn Filmhouse.

" We intend to turn a night at the cinema into an innovative event and we're keen to make certain the location has plenty of community input and sustains neighbourhood arts," she described.

" Newlyn is a dreamland for a new movie theatre, including in the many destinations such as the Art Gallery and the yearly Fish Festival-- following year we want to mount a program that will match this terrific event.

" We intend to remain to communicate with and support neighbourhood social occasions as much as we can," she included.

Hall for Cornwall

Hall For Cornwall is a growing theatre in the heart of Truro, Cornwall. Staging everything from classical to shake performances, and musicals to dramatisation.  

There is constantly something to see. It offers national and worldwide visiting productions. The Hall's stage hosts some of the very best home-grown skill along with growth chances.

The hall was integrated in 1846 from Carn Brea granite. It originally housed at the city centre, magistrates and stannary courts, police offices, cells and the fire brigade. 

In 1909 plans were drawn up to alter the building right into a public hall. This culminated in it being leased for a skating rink and occasional picture house. In 1914 a fire gutted most of the structure and in 1925 renovation took place to fit a phase "appropriate for the discussion of plays".

Family occasions are a solid attribute of the Hall For Cornwall program. The place provides children with the ideal introduction to live theatre. Along with shows such as Peppa Pig, The Gruffalo and Aliens Love Underpants. The annual pantomime is particularly preferred. This wins full marks from both target markets and critics alike.

The Hall for Cornwall is a major venue in Truro, Cornwall. It has a big primary auditorium which plays host to West End musicals, opera, ballet, musical acts and other artists. 

The Hall for Cornwall has a capability of 969 and brings in around 180,000 theatre-goers yearly. The venue has a dining establishment and cafe and hosts regular flea markets.

In September 2008 Hall for Cornwall generated a significant new manufacturing of The Jew of Malta by Christopher Marlowe: Barabas. This showcased a Cornish, nationwide and international cast. 

With Barabas, Hall for Cornwall returned to the motif of working with a Renaissance text. This followed on from the successful Responses in 2007.