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2016: A Year of Celebration at The Picture House Cinema and Restaurant


The Picture House Cinema and Restaurant have lots to celebrate in 2016.  The cinema, a landmark of Uckfield , will have graced the town with its presence for 100 years.The purpose built cinema opened in 1916, but at first it operated as a garrison theatre for the troops stationed in the local area.  Films commenced at The Picture House in August 1920 and have continued ever since.

The Markwick family have owned the cinema since 1968 and since that time it has been transformed from a single screen cinema into a state of the art three screen cinema and restaurant to rival any west end cinema, winning the award for Best Independent Cinema in Europe the Event Cinema Association Awards last year. The key to the cinema’s longevity is keeping up with and changing with the times.  Event Cinema is a great example of this.  It is 25% of the cinemas output compared to 3% nationally and continues to grow.  Another example is the opening the restaurant in January last year.  Cinema has become more about the whole experience rather than just the film, although of course we are largely dependent on the continued output of great films.  2015 was a great year for cinema with the both Spectre and Star Wars getting people into the cinema.  These great films inspired us to create an event around the films, with our Shaken not Stirred Casino event and our Midnight screening with special Star Wars burgers.  2016 will be the year of events.

Our first special event of 2016, on 18th January, is a special screening of ‘How to Change the World’ with a special Q&A with Sussex based writer-director Jerry Rothwell.  In February with the launch of the new Dad’s Army film we have a ‘Don’t Panic! Dinner and Dance’ with live 40’s music.  Dressing up is a must.  Plus 2016 will be the year of special Centenary events.   We are busy planning events to celebrate our cinematic history as we look forward to another 100 years of cinema!

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