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Address: Market Street, Newton Abbot TQ12 2RB, England
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HISTORY

The Alexandra was built as a Corn Exchange in 1871 and, as can still...

HISTORY

The Alexandra was built as a Corn Exchange in 1871 and, as can still be seen, it forms an contiguous part of the larger market hall building and boasts a fine Italianate tower over its entrance. The exterior and some original internal features are grade 2 listed.

It was operating as a cinema during the silent era but has also been much used for theatrical purposes and it was not until the balcony was separated off to form screen 2 that it changed its name from "Alexandra Theatre" to "Alexandra Cinema". Some major works were carried out during the 1930s, when presumably the balcony was added along with an altered entrance and new toilet blocks on each side. The front lobby still retains aspects of this with its domed ceiling and glass lighting trough over the main doors.

Little is known of its ownership in earlier years apart from the fact that a local gentleman by the name of Captain Oakey was the proprietor at some time pre World War 2. For many years it was operated by a local company who also had the Imperial Cinema in Queen Street and whose Directors were also major shareholders in 3 of the cinemas in Paignton and Torquay.

When this company decided not to renew its lease in the early 1960s it was acquired by the then manager, Mr C.C.W. Scott who continued to operate it along with other Devon cinemas up until the time of his death in 1986, ably assisted by house manager and secretary Mrs Violet Spooner.

This is a somewhat idiosyncratic building, not without charm, but also constrained by its limited size and layout, but it has always prospered by being right in the heart of this lovely market town.

 

CURRENT

The cinema has two screens, Screen 1 is located in the original stalls and Screen 2 in the original balcony.

During 2012, a full interior refurbishment was carried out. This included the complete refurbishment of the foyer and all front of house areas. Later, work in Screen 1 included a new suspended ceiling, and the replacement of the wall drapes.

Digital Projection and Sound was also added, with 3D capabilities in the large screen.

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Evening out

Nice cinema, very friendly. Although busy when we arrived, quick service and we were in our seats! Sadly, toilets are awful!

Reviewed 1 week ago
Julie D
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice cinema, very friendly. Although busy when we arrived, quick service and we were in our seats! Sadly, toilets are awful!

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

We have been many times to this lovely cinema without any issues. However when we went to see Beauty and The Beast this week the heating went off after the first 20 minutes and everyone had to put their coats/scarves on and sit like that for the duration of the film! It was FREEZING! There was cold air blowing down... More 

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Thank KateBos2014
Chudleigh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

Much prefer to use the local cinemas rather then the big chains. SO much better value. Booked last minute tickets online to see Kong - Skull Island with son as the girls were off to see Beauty & the Beast. Easy booking & collection. We were in Screen 2 upstairs which I've not been in in a while. Prefer the... More 

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Thank vmcconville
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

Great little cinema showing current films. Places like this need local support. Good value prices and comfy seating,

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Thank jedi1962
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Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

My local cinema which I attend quite a lot. Great little cinema with okay seats which do get a little uncomfortable after a short while. The big screen 1 is all level which is a design flaw as if someone tall is in front of you it can be a distraction as their head is in the way. The cinema... More 

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Thank Jord B
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Love going it's soo quaint, not many people I know realise it's there. The staff are great and really helpful and there popcorn is lush.

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Thank beckyboo9989
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

We visited this cinema whilst holidaying in Devon, tickets are much cheaper than the big 10 screen multiplex's that we have in the Midlands. The seats where comfy with plenty of leg room and it was a lovely cinema that took us back to the good old days

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Thank Kate J
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Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

This is an old fashioned cinema. It has very comfortable chairs and plenty of leg room. Much cheaper than your better known chains. Excellent deals on snacks. Only a couple of screens but they change the films though out the day. Would visit again.

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Thank Tina F
Devon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

The Alexandra cinema is an old fashioned type cinema with the latest visual and audio cinema experience . The tickets are really good value as are the snacks . The seats are comfortable with plenty of leg room . This is one of the nicest cinema and we are lucky to have it in Newton Abbot !

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Thank Bunny_Alix
Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

Well a disappointing family trip to the cinema. My son is nearly 3 and very excitable so did talk loudly saying 'cat' 'dog' 'wow' as he watched the film. He wanted milk and I fed him then took him to the toilet. Came back and he had lost his shoe so helping him find it when the attendant said we... More 

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