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The gazetteer will give a history of all the cinemas that have operated here in the West Country.  This is a work in progress and more content will be added as time goes by.  In time I hope to obtain better photographs and in some cases include interiors.  Check the PATHE NEWS link below for recent additions and updates.  Due to constraints of space, only a brief summary of each building is included.  However I would like to hear from anyone who has further information on any of the buildings featured (or details of any buildings I have overlooked!).  Entries are catalogued under County and then Town or City.  Some cities have been divided into districts.  So select a destination below and off you go!

There will also be a lot more to than just the Gazetteer, including cinemas listings, biographies on people and companies who have influenced cinemas in the West Country and educational and learning content.  Other improvements to come soon will be a comprehensive index and a search facility and if you have an idea for a page or site you can host it here at

Send me your email address and I will let you know when the site is updated.
I will not pass your email address on to others or send you adverts or spam.

Clive Polden, Westbury, Wiltshire

Bristol, Channel Islands, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Monmouthshire, Somerset, Wiltshire.

News & Campaigns
Coming soon: West Country Cinemas in the news, details on long term campaigns and the imminent losses list.

Subject Index & Search Engine
Coming soon:  Search details on a particular person, company or subject, will include a glossary.

Coming soon:  Facility to find out whats showing at all the West Country cinemas.

Learning & Resourses
Coming soom:  Learn about researching cinema history, find useful websites and my brief history of cinema buildings over the past 100 years.

Coming soon:  Create your own page or site about West Country cinema matters, here at

Keeping in touch
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