A small independent cinema serving film-lovers in north Cornwall
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Settled on the sunny shores of north Cornwall, just off the Atlantic Highway and a short distance from the popular seaside town Bude, is the modest Rebel Cinema. With the nearest multiplex the best part of fifty miles away, small independent cinemas like the Rebel are invaluable to local moviegoers.
British film producer and projectionist Mervyn Collard first launched the Rebel Cinema in 1998 and, while it has changed hands several times in the intervening 25 years since, it has always maintained a traditional aesthetic. After a four year closure, the cinema recently reopened with some ambitious renovations; sparkling interiors, a larger screen, full Dolby digital surround sound and 3D capability. A second screen is currently in construction, but even as it stands today this one-screen wonder can rival any independent cinema for a quality viewing experience.
While the cinema primarily caters to its wide-ranging local audience for most of the year, it also attracts a segment of the large tourist population who visit each summer. Surrounding the cinema are several holiday resorts, pristine beaches and rich countryside and the Rebel’s evening screenings provide a fitting end to a family outing.
The Rebel offers screenings on afternoons and evenings through the week, with matinees reserved for weekends. They always work hard to bring each year’s big hitters to this remote part of the country.
A full-price adult ticket for a 2D film is £6 and the cinema provides a range of price concessions for children, students and seniors.
The cinema’s continued success and recent expansion is the result of dedication and preservation of the original owner’s traditions. By echoing the sentiments of their forebears with friendly customer service, reasonable prices and no nonsense approach to screenings the Rebel guarantees an enjoyable experience regardless of the standard of the films.
Originally written for Guardian’s Film Blog