History and tours of Abbeygate Cinema to be held as part of Heritage Open Days

Pat Church. Photo: Abbeygate Cinema.

History display boards and lots of photos and memorabilia will be on display at the Abbeygate Cinema, in Bury St Edmunds, during Heritage Open Days 2021 plus tours and a talk by Pat Church.

Detailing the cinema’s unique history and the part it has played in the town visitors will be able to find out about the history of cinema and more specifically the history of Abbeygate Cinema which has been a picture house since the 1920s.

Visitors will be able to view some architecture which has been restored and a selection of specific time slots will be available during the event when visitors will be able to meet local cinema legend, Pat Church, who will host some sessions and answer questions.

Having worked at the cinema for more than 55 years, Pat knows the fabric of the building like no other and has many a story to tell.

The tours will include the chance to see the projection room and the ongoing development work of the planned Screen 4, still to come.

Talk & Tour event tickets can be booked online or in person at the cinema (this is a free event) or anyone can just drop-in to view the history boards on show from Friday to Sunday, September 10 to 19, frxom 11am to 6pm


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