History of The Kinema

The Kinema in the Woods started life as a sports and entertainment pavilion dated from the late 19th Century. The pavilion sat in the grounds of The Victoria Hotel, looking over tennis courts, croquet lawns and gardens, until The Victoria Hotel burnt down on Easter Sunday 1920, this led to the relationship between the hotel and the pavilion being severed.

In 1922, Sir Archibald and Lady Weigall purchased the Victoria Hotel ruins including the sports pavilion and, with the assistance of Captain Carleton Cole Allport, the pavilion was transformed into a cinema which opened its doors on Monday September 11th 1922 at 7pm. The first film to be shown was intended to be "The Lion Eaters", however the film failed to arrive and a Charlie Chaplin film was shown in its place.

 

 

Due to the roof trusses in the building, which are too low for an image to be projected from the back of the auditorium, films in Screen One at The Kinema are projected from behind the screen and on to a mirror to flip the image. This is then shown on the back of the screen. The Kinema is believed to be the only full-time cinema in the UK still using rear projection.

Most of the auditorium (the current Screen One) was fitted with tip-up seats, however the front six rows were deck chairs. These seats were much sought after at at 1s 6d (other seats ranged from 1s 3d to 6d). The deck chairs remained in The Kinema until 1953.

The first sound projector was installed in The Kinema in 1928 and was replaced in 1978 by two electronically controlled projectors. 

Major C. C. Allport ran the cinema for over 50 years, until 1973 when it was taken over by the present owner, James Green.

In June 1987 James Green installed a Compton Kinestra organ in The Kinema, which features an ornate lacquered red and gold console with an eighteenth century oriental design.  The organ is still situated in Screen One and played regularly by The Kinema's resident organist, Alan Underwood .

A 92-seat auditorium, Kinema Two, was opened on Friday July 8th 1994 with a screening of "Four Weddings and A Funeral". The auditorium walls of Screen Two depict scenes of rural Lincolnshire in trompe l’oeil style painted by Canadian artist Murray Hubick.

The Kinema in the Woods is currently open seven evenings a week with matinee showings on Saturdays, Sundays and during the school holidays.

Click here for information about the forthcoming Kinema in the Woods DVD

Other film news

One dead, two more injured after set collapse on Martin Scorsese's new film 'Silence'

A tragic accident on the set of Martin Scorsese's new film 'Silence' has left one man dead and two more (all in their 50s) injured.

LISTEN: Jeff Bridges releases a spoken word album to help you sleep

The Oscar winning actor's easy-going persona evident over decades of film performances and chilled out concerts has won the Dude legions of abiders but now he's taken his trademark chilled out nature to a whole new level - he's recording an album of sleeping tapes to 'help you get a good night's rest'.

'Ghostbusters': Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon And Leslie Jones to headline female reboot

The female-led reboot of 'Ghostbusters' is now well underway with the four lead stars being revealed by director Paul Feig.

Tom Hardy exits Batman villain flick Suicide Squad, Jake Gyllenhaal refuses to replace him

One of the biggest bits of casting news in the last few months was Tom Hardy's involvement in David Ayer's 'Suicide Squad' - the forthcoming superhero picture also starring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne and 'The Wolf of Wall Street' breakout starlet Margot Robbie.

Oscars 2015: The full list of nominations, snubs and surprises

Another year, another set of Oscar nominations and another round of gasps of both joy and shock as the toast of Hollywood is picked by their peers. Leading the pack are two critical darlings each with nine nominations: Wes Anderson's wonderful dramedy 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' and the genre-bending breakthrough 'Birdman'. 'The Imitation Game' followed closely with eight including a surprise Best Director nod.

Woody Allen heads to Amazon to create his first ever TV series

Despite a storied career in stand-up, music and film, Woody Allen has seldom ventured into the world of television, but that's all about to change for the 'Midnight in Paris' Oscar winner.

Full winners list: Golden Globes 2015

The Golden Globes once again spread out the awards and also threw in a few surprises this year.

BAFTAs 2015: The full nominations, predicted winners and shocking snubs!

The British Academy Film Award nominations have been released and they are not without their controversial choices.

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', Robert Downey Jr and Jennifer Lawrence top Fandango's 2015 list of cinema's most anticipated

According to a survey by Fandango, the new 'Star Wars' reboot 'The Force Awakens' is the most anticipated film of 2015.

Chris Pine talks regret of 'not getting Jack Ryan film right'

Chris Pine has admitted that that his headlining take on the latest incarnation of the espionage franchise 'Jack Ryan' failed and has probably killed his chances of getting a sequel to the film.

Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' film banned in Egypt over 'religious mistakes'

'Exodus: Gods and Kings' has been banned in Egypt, it has been confirmed.

Hacked Sony emails reveal Idris Elba 'should be next James Bond'

The recent leaks of Sony's email database are continuing to flow as more information comes to light, the latest being that studio chairman Amy Pascal is keen to see Daniel Craig's James Bond be replaced by Idris Elba.

Full statement: Sony cancel American release of 'The Interview'

Following the demands of the Sony hackers, the Seth Rogen and James Franco political satire 'The Interview' has been shelved in its home market of America.

Mr Turner and Birdman lead nominations for 35th London Critics' Circle Film Awards

The London Film Critics' Circle has announced the nominations for its 35th annual awards ceremony, with Mike Leigh's historical biopic Mr Turner leading the way with seven nominations, including Film of the Year and British Film of the Year.

Sony hack: James Bond film Spectre script leaked, Clooney's 'sleepless nights', Jolie bashing, salary revelations and more

The massive hack on film studio sony Pictures has become a media firestorm with a wealth of sensitive information being leaked by hacking group Guardians of Peace. Here's the rundown of events:

FIRST TRAILER: Sean Penn turns action star in 'The Gunman'

Double Oscar winner Sean Penn hasn't been known to close in the most commercial of film projects, but as he's reached his fifties the 'Mystic River' and 'Milk' star appears to have had a change of heart.

Full list of Golden Globe nominations plus snubs and stars reactions

The Golden Globe nominations have been announced and ‘Birdman’ ‘Boyhood’ and ‘Imitation Game’ are leading the pack while some heavy hitters found themselves snubbed: 'Interstellar' settled for just a music nomination for Hans Zimmer's score and Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' got nothing, as did Clint Eastwood's war drama 'American Sniper' starring a snubbed Bradley Cooper.

Sony hackers reportedly demand the release of 'The Interview' be scrapped

The hackers that struck Sony Pictures and revealed star salaries as well as leaking screener copies of some of their films onto torrent websites have taunted the studio again.

Mark Wahlberg seeks pardon for historical assault crime

'The Fighter' star Mark Wahlberg is seeking redemption - he's just filed for a pardon over a crime he was convicted of back in 1988.

Watch the entire cast, title, car, synopsis and release date announcement of James Bond 24: Spectre

'Skyfall' director Sam Mendes took to the Pinewood Studios stage to formally announce the particulars of the forthcoming James Bond movie. The Oscar winner revealed that 007's 24th adventure would be titled 'Spectre'.

Advertisement

Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy | Contact Cinemas Online

New! Cookie Policy