Europa Cinemas 1 & 2

9 Castle Place,
Trowbridge, BA14 8AL

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Located in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. These were the twin screen cinemas that were situated above the multi-storey car park in Castle Place and where the Castle Place Leisure Centre is now. They opened on 6th December 1974 with “Papillon” and “The Sting”. Seating was provided for 165 in each auditorium. The Europa Cinemas closed in early-July 1982. They were unique in the fact that they were modern cinemas in the 1970’s, built at a time when it was rare that cinemas even got built.

They were very badly positioned and very open to what I remember in the last years to vandalism as they were away from a the major high street location. They were uniquely modern of the 1970’s era, had plain curtained auditoria and in my opinion were special little cinemas.

Contributed by Richard Shaw

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Mike007 on February 17, 2021 at 5:42 pm

I was the second person through the doors on the day it opened and the first in the cinema-I went to see Papillon. The other person obviously went to see The Sting. I can remember that it was sloped but it was not stadium seating. The colour scheme for both screens was brown seating and the curtains and walls were clad with orange fabric.Both screens at cinemascope setting was approx 25ft and was wall to wall. The curtains never went behind panelling. There was no stereo sound in those days Dolby Stereo came in with Star Wars in 1977 and they did upgrade to it. They had 2 x 35mm Cinemeccanica Victoria 8 tower projectors capable of playing 2 hour films–anything longer had to have an intermission. There were no self looping cakestands which could have accommodated up to 3hr 15min long films but the projector reels could rewind a 2 hr film in 8 mins

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