• TTDA - Electric Picture Palace - Exterior
  • TTDA - Electric Picture Palace - Auditorium
  • TTDA - Electric Picture Palace - Royal Box

Electric Picture Palace

The Electric Picture Palace is a small but perfectly formed, 70 seat cinema in Southwold on The Suffolk coast.

Designed by John Bennett, the award-winning building is owned and run by the Southwold Film Society, a charitable Trust committed to the educational value of film.

The primary aim is to recapture the experience of cinema-going in the mid twentieth century, acknowledging that the activity is not just about seeing a film but recognising also that the personnel, environment and programming have an equally important part to play in terms of a “good night out”. 

So you will find a commissionaire outside, usherettes, a front of house manager in a DJ, and a “Tiny Wurlitzer” organ rising up mysteriously during the interval.  The National Anthem is played at the end.

The Film Society runs for four seasons a year, three of which are two nights a week but Summer Season (August mainly) is four nights a week. Annual membership is £10 or season membership is £3.

When not showing films, the Electric Picture Palace is also available for parties and weddings.

Wheelchair Accessible
Attraction name:
Electric Picture Palace
£6, £7, £8
Opening Hours:
Friday and Saturday - 7.15pm