Reel Cinema

91 Marshfield Road,
Chippenham, SN15 1JR

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Operated by: Reel Cinemas, UK

Previously operated by: Cannon Cinemas, Jackson Withers Circuits, Star Cinemas

Architects: William Henry Watkins

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Astoria Cinema, Studio, Studio 1 & 2, Cannon

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 440150.921.0400

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The Astoria Cinema opened on 22nd May 1939 with Robert Donat in “The Citadel”. It was independently operated. Designed in an Art Deco style by noted Bristol based architect W.H. Watkins, the frontage was a single storey in height, the the main auditorium block rising behind. Seating in the auditorium was provided for 1,018 in stalls and circle levels. There were decorative grilles on the splay walls each side of the 42 feet wide proscenium arch, and there was a small stage.

In the 1960’s it was taken over by the Star Cinemas circuit of Leeds. It was re-named Studio Cinema and was later twinned as Studios 1 & 2, with two 215 seat screens in the former circle area and bingo club operating in the former stalls area. In the late-1970’s it was taken over by the Cannon Group and re-named Cannon. This lasted until 1994 when it was purchased by Picturedrome Theatres and reverted back to its original name Astoria Cinema. It is now operated by Reel Cinemas, UK.

In August 2009, the independently operated Angel Bingo Club downstairs was suddenly closed. Reel Cinemas announced plans that the space would be converted into an additional three screens and that the entire building would be renovated. Construction work on the three new screens began in May 2018 with a completion date of 28th August 2018 and it reopened in September 2018. The new total seating capacity for the 5-screen cinema is 552.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 21, 2008 at 7:38 am

A May 2007 photograph of the Reel Cinema, Chippenham:
In this March 2007 photograph, vandals have been at work on the current attractions sign:

PhilipWW on September 23, 2018 at 8:11 am

Refurbishment complete and extra screens open – September 2018.

Now a 5 screen cinema.

Reever on June 29, 2020 at 8:35 am

I will try to download an up to date picture of the front after the refurb to bring site up to date – I can also do a piece on The REGENT Calne in Wiltshire as several cinema around that are no longer there have been mentioned!

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