Dome Cinema

21-22 Marine Parade,
Worthing, BN11 3PT

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The Dome Cinema (Official), Dome Cinema, Worthing (Official)

Additional Info

Operated by: PDJ Management Ltd.

Architects: Theophilus Arthur Allen

Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (First Run)

Styles: Neo-Classical

Previous Names: Kursaal, Electric Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 440190.382.3112

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Dome Cinema

A wonderful example of a fantastic Edwardian period picture house. It opened on 15th April 1911 as a multi-purpose entertainment centre known as the Kursaal (which included use as a roller skating rink), and it also contained a 120 seat cinema located upstairs that was known as the Electric Theatre which opened on 7th October 1911.

The main hall (former roller rink) was converted into the Dome Cinema by 1921 and it originally contained 875 seats. The former Electric Theatre then became a restaurant.

The building underwent a full heritage Lottery funded restoration/renovation, closing in June 2005 and re-opening on 6th July 2007 with 580 seats in the original auditorium and a second 118 seat cinema in another part of the building. By 2023 a 40-seat third screen had been added.

The Dome Cinema is a Grade II* Listed building.

Contributed by Phil Jones

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

WorthyDan on January 5, 2006 at 6:02 am

There are some great archive pictures here:

Ian on May 6, 2006 at 12:20 am

Yet more interior photos here – dating from 1991

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raubre on May 6, 2006 at 1:45 am

It kind of looks like a lighthouse. Neat!

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Ken Roe on August 2, 2007 at 3:46 pm

Well it took a year longer than originally planned, but the Dome Cinema has finally re-opened on 6th July 2007 following its multi-million £’s restoration.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 30, 2007 at 8:53 am

A photograph of the newly refurbished Dome Cinema in June 2007, just prior to re-opening:

Ian on February 3, 2008 at 7:53 am

And another exterior from 1987, showing how it dominates this part of the Marine Parade, here:–

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vost_bcn on April 15, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Without a doubt my favorite cinema in the whole world. My craving for Maltesers comes from the beautiful concession stand in front of the doors. Watership Down may have been my first movie there. And endless reruns of Grease in 78-79.

For the longest time there was a poster in the lobby for Heaven Can Wait with Warren Beatty in his grey track suit. It never seemed to go down.

I’m so glad it’s up and running again.

Ian on February 9, 2016 at 1:21 am

Some January 2016 shots of the gloriously restored Dome here:–






Biffaskin on January 14, 2021 at 7:22 am

This venue also housed bingo in the early sixties, as shown in the photograph (the last one) in the gallery.

curmudgeon on January 15, 2021 at 7:07 am

So nice to see “normal” seating in a recent restoration as opposed to sleep-inducing recliners.

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