Leiston Film Theatre

74 High Street,
Leiston, IP16 4BZ

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Architects: Harold Ridley Hooper

Functions: Concerts, Live Theater, Movies (First Run)

Styles: Tudor Revival

Previous Names: Leiston Picture House

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 440172.883.0549

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Leiston Film Theatre

The Leiston Picture House opened on 27th October 1914 and it is the oldest operating cinema in the County of Suffolk. Originally the seating capacity was for 700. The facade of the cinema is designed in a half-timbered Tudor style.

When the Picture House was fitted for sound in 1933, the re-opening film starring Janet Gaynor "Sunny Side Up" was attended by British film star Anna Neagle and her husband producer Herbert Wilcox.

The cinema was renovated in the mid-1970’s and was re-named Leiston Film Theatre. Further improvements and re-furbishments have been carried out in 2001 and 2007. Occasional live theatre productions are also held in the theatre.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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keiths on November 2, 2010 at 11:02 am

This place is what cinema should be all about. Technologically up to date, but with character by the bucket-load.

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