Cinema City is steeped in heritage, both from a cultural point of view and from the historical angle of its setting. The country’s oldest independent art house cinema, Cinema City is housed within and on the site of the elegant and fascinating Suckling House and adjacent Stuart Hall in the historical heart of Norwich. Despite sympathetic renovation and restoration through the ages, properties were recorded on the site as early as the 13th century.
An essential stamping ground for film buffs, Cinema City hosts a broad programme, ranging from the popular blockbuster to the lesser know independent movie. World cinema is given equal footing here. There are ups and downs, with some films doing fantastic business and others not managing to pull in the audience numbers we think they deserve. Overall, it seems fairly steady, though.
Our programming team attend international film festivals as well as UK exhibitor screenings, so they get to watch all the foreign-language releases in advance. We aim to include all the top quality titles, as well as films by directors who have a devoted following. We show a lot of French films, as these tend to be the most popular with our customers, but we also try to ensure that we have a good mixture of titles from all around the world.
We have a wide range of ages attending our foreign films, from students aged 16-upwards to retired patrons attending our weekday matinee screenings.
Since we became a three-screen venue our most popular subtitled films have been the The Girl… trilogy, Coco Before Chanel, and I’ve Loved You So Long, as well as the partially-subtitled Slumdog Millionaire and The Kite Runner. Our most recent big foreign-language success has been Cave Of Forgotten Dreams 3D.
Cinema City reopened after extensive refurbishment in late 2007. It now boasts 3 superior screens, state of the art sound equipment and digital projection facilities and new public areas, including a relaxed bar and a restaurant boasting the best of local and British produce, from simple bar snacks and nibbles to something for the more discerning diner.
In addition to being an atmospheric and well-loved venue for watching films in Norwich, Cinema City offers exciting practical courses for schools and the general public, designed to stimulate and enhance appreciation of moving image culture in an informal, accessible style.
Address: St Andrews St, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4
Box Office: 0871 902 5724
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