Film fans bring the big screen back to town

Pictured: Norman Newboult at his cinema
Pictured: Norman Newboult at his cinema

Cinema has returned to Kenilworth after 43 years thanks to film lovers and volunteers working tirelessly to resurrect the town’s big screen.

Monthly film screenings are now rolling at the Talisman Theatre after the dedication of Talisman theatre director Dik Thacker and his team.

The volunteers behind the non-profit scheme at the Barrow Road site have already run a test film and special screening of 1940s town carnival footage with town historians in a fundraiser for the Save the Pound campaign.

And after months of design and installation, they opened up to the public for the first time on Saturday(July 19).

Mr Thacker, who has been working on the project since January, said it is all about community involvement and bringing the affordable big screen back for all ages.

“Part of the remit of the theatre and arts centre was to bring dramatic works of the highest quality to the local community,” he said.

“We have many other ideas but, for now, we are seeking to establish our monthly screenings to establish ourselves as a really exciting alternative to more costly and more distant venues.”

The state-of-the-art cinema kicked off with showings of The Lego Movie and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Publicity manager John Francis said: “The theatre has always been community driven and about making Kenilworth a great place to be and grow.

“We believe that this venture adds strength to the pulse of Kenilworth’s heart.”

The town got its first taste of cinema with a travelling fair back in 1897, with the first fixed cinema established at the King’s Arms in Station Road in 1905.

The Royal Electric Theatre Company then installed a cinema at the assembly rooms in Station Road in 1912.

Anyone interested in volunteering at the project can contact the theatre on