Moderne Cinema

713 Wimborne Road, Winton,
Bournemouth, BH9 2AU

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primolux on June 5, 2012 at 10:18 am

Apart from some initial over enthusism namely the removal of the auditorium side wall fancy plaster work, Bournemouth Community Church have done a really nice job of restoring this old building both inside and out and it’s all been done to a very high standard.Nice to see the original cinema seats have been retained in the circle.

primolux on March 11, 2012 at 8:22 am

I don’t think the seats at the Moderne were originally covered in leopard skin pattern moquette. Photos taken at the opening, show this not to be the case although the carpet throughout the building was of a leopard skin pattern. I have recently removed the maroon vinyl covering from one of the original seats and restored it. They were dark green with silver side castings.

dericbotham on December 15, 2009 at 2:26 am

Many heartfelt thanks to everyone who posted these wonderful pictures. This was my most local cinema in the 1960’s. On Sunday nights they usually had a double Horror bill including the Deadly Mantis and the original version of The Thing.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 30, 2009 at 4:41 am

Normally, church use of a former cinema or theatre building is considered a good thing, as the fabric of the building and its decorative scheme tends to be retained and even restored.

Andy, thanks for posting your photographs. It looks like they are gutting the building, which is totally unneccesary. How sad.

andysummers on April 30, 2009 at 4:34 am

One thing I dislike about the bingo hall is the paint work outside! I mean god damn, whew that is brutal! LOL I mean who pained the exterior a bland man?

andysummers on April 30, 2009 at 4:29 am

I was in the Winton area today while doing some shopping and decided to have peek inside to see what is happening with the ole cinema. Its been renovated into church seems like Bingo is out but it could still be modern THX cinema with the right JBL stuff and digital and 35mm projection. Oh, well too late now. The refitting won’t be completed until around 2011.

I took these pictures as it stands today. Oh one more thing! I never saw film at this cinema when it was open the only cinema that I visited in the Winton area was when the Continental showed a double bill of Planet of the Apes around mid late 1970’s. And even that cinema is gone now completely gone!! sigh

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webadmin on February 2, 2008 at 8:15 am

Gala Bingo has decided to close its operation at the former Moderne cinema (Feb 2008). To see a number of large photographs of the interior of the building, visit the Winton Forum website at

These were taken to try and preserve its memory.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 15, 2006 at 11:34 am

Some historic details and a couple of small photographs here; (scroll halfway down the page):