Watch the latest film releases while you are in the Channel Islands and experience a very special trip to the cinema.
Since 1982, enthusiastic volunteers have been showing the latest film releases in the Alderney Arts Centre & Cinema, a large 19th-century building in Victoria Street.
It has recently upgraded its projector. Previously, there has had to be an interval halfway through each movie so that the projectionists could change the spools. And while they did so, most of the adults in the audience would rush out to one of the nearby pubs to satisfy their thirst!
Children queue at the box office to buy sweets and soft drinks. Visitors to the island are charmed by the ‘step back in time’ feel of watching a film whilst on holiday on Alderney.
From April to October, the cinema shows three or four current film releases a month, but in the winter, when fewer visitors are around, the number drops to two or three a month. More than half of the movies are sponsored by local businesses and individuals. All of the screenings are organised and run by The Alderney Cinema Club, which has more than 250 members, including 25 conscientious volunteers who take turns manning the box office and projection room.
The prices of tickets have stayed the same for almost two decades: £6 for non-members aged 15 years and over, and £4 for young people under 15. Tickets may be bought in advance from Stuart Painter at Movies & Music (01481 824277), located a few steps away from the cinema, or purchased at the box office half an hour before each showing.