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  • A great summer season, featuring a whole string of sold-out performances, takes us confidently into the autumn - replete with our new projector, new chairs and our new monthly Jazz Nights.

  • Our main focus this season has to be on the ninth film from Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which we use to explore even further into the murky/glossy world of film celebrity, it's 'real' life implications in the city of angels and its casual ruination of talent and beauty. From the Sweet Smell of Success to La Dolce Vita the same warped relationship between celebrity and media is of course never exclusive to Los Angeles but Hollywood, as most succinctly put by the wonderful finale to Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye, is its spiritual home.







  • Elsewhere, Pedro Almodovar's stunning portrait of a film director 'on the verge of a nervous breakdown' is given poignancy by long-time collaborator Antonio Banderas while our short homage to the very long and gilded career of Cary Grant (described by the great Pauline Kael as ‘sex with civilised grace – sex with mystery') shows that even in its Golden Age, Hollywood was never just what it seemed on the surface.
Membership
Totnes Cinema Membership
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  • Re-opening the much loved Romany Cinema has only been possible thanks to enthusiastic local support - If you'd like to be a part of this exciting project to bring the magic of cinema back to Totnes then why not become a member? If you are looking for gift ideas we have Membership gift cards. If you'd like to find out more say hello at the box office.

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  • Single Membership £50:
        - 2 complimentary cinema tickets upon joining
        - Up to £2 off cinema tickets
        - 10% off at the bar
        - A huge boost to self esteem with a warm feeling of belonging!

    Membership for Two £80:
        - 4 complimentary tickets plus the discounts above for two members
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History

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A Brief History

Built around 1880, 27a High Street used to be the town's Temperance Hall and first became a cinema in 1946 when it was used by a travelling cinema for Thursday night screenings. Ken Prout has kindly given his permission to include excerpts from his publication "The History Of Totnes Cinemas" (available from the Totnes Museum)


Selected Images Courtesy of the Totnes Image Bank

1951-1964

"The Romany Cinema"

Smallest Cinema- Greatest Entertainment. Best remembered of all the cinemas in Totnes was The Romany, opened on June 25th 1951. The owners Kelvin and Grenville White.

Romany Screen

The hall was completly refurbished with a new screen, projection box, cashiers box and ladies and Gent's toilets. Tip-up seating purchased from the Paignton's Regent Cinema provided luxury sprung seats in the rear four rows. The new layout slightly reduced the overall capacity from 161 to 146 seats.

Projection Room

There were no stairs in those days, the projection box was reached by climbing a vertical metal ladder, no easy feat when carrying large rolls of film.

Picture goers came in large numbers with Saturday night queues often running along the narrow passageway and under the Butterwalk as far as Harlequin Books, many waiting for anything up to three hours to see such legendary films as Breakfast at Tiffany's; High Noon; and Twelve Angry Men. Another large audience came on Saturday mornings to the children's show, where American Westerns were a favourite, with Roy Rogers Club badges proudly worn by sometimes noisy and excitable audience.

The cinema industry's links with romance, both on and off screen, are legendary. A trip to the pictures has long been a popular 'date', with many picture goers having their own special memories. Curiously, when the fixtures and fittings of the Romany Cinema were finally removed, five wedding rings were found lodged in framework of the tip-up seating - it was the 60's after all. If you are interested in finding out more about the history of cinemas in Totnes please visit the Totnes Museum.

The Mission
Re-opening Totnes Cinema
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  • The Mission: We're working on returning the old cinema venue to its former glory. Run as a social enterprise and supported entirely by the generosity of local people, we want the Totnes Cinema to embrace the character and colour of this unique town, offering a cultural, educational and entertaining experience in the heart of Totnes. A relaxed social space for all ages where you can meet to chat before a performance of film or theatre and linger to reflect afterwards.



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