Electric Picture Palace



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See a film or take a tour of this super 68-seat cinema that has been designed to resemble an early 1900s picture house. The Electric Picture Palace was opened in 2002 by the actor Michael Palin. New and old classic films are shown in seasons – spring through to winter. If you are Southwold for only a short time, you can take out a membership for just one season. Take a minute to look at the decor, the beautiful organ in front of the screen and the seating in the stalls and circle; all are designed to be authentic to the period.

Electric Picture Palace
Blackmill Road, SOUTHWOLD, IP18 6AQ


Opening times
  • Opening Times: Box office open Tue 10.30–12, tours Sun 2.30 film times vary

About the area

Discover Suffolk

Suffolk is Constable country, where the county’s crumbling, time-ravaged coastline spreads itself under wide skies to convey a wonderful sense of remoteness and solitude. Highly evocative and atmospheric, this is where rivers wind lazily to the sea and notorious 18th-century smugglers hid from the excise men. John Constable immortalised these expansive flatlands in his paintings in the 18th century, and his artwork raises the region’s profile to this day.

Walking is one of Suffolk’s most popular recreational activities. It may be flat but the county has much to discover on foot – not least the isolated Heritage Coast, which can be accessed via the Suffolk Coast Path. Southwold, with its distinctive, white-walled lighthouse standing sentinel above the town and its colourful beach huts and attractive pier features on many a promotional brochure. Much of Suffolk’s coastal heathland is protected as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and shelters several rare creatures including the adder, the heath butterfly and the nightjar. In addition to walking, there is a good choice of cycling routes but for something less demanding, visit some of Suffolk’s charming old towns, with streets of handsome, period buildings and picturesque, timber-framed houses.

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