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Zef­firellis in Am­ble­side is one of the North West’s pre­mier in­de­pen­dent cin­e­mas, com­bin­ing a love of world and art house movies with a pas­sion for veg­gie food in its restau­rants.

Keswick’s Al­ham­bra was built just be­fore the First World War and is one of the few in con­tin­u­ous operation for more than 100 years al­though the first film, Quo Vardis, was aban­doned in 1915 due to a tech­ni­cal hitch.

The Roy­alty in Bow­ness was built in 1926 by pub­lic sub­scrip­tion and opened with Erne­man pro­jec­tors, suit­able only for silent pic­tures in those days. One of the few that still has an au­then­tic Wurl­itzer or­gan made in 1927.

If you want to com­bine a trip to the flicks with a brac­ing walk along the coast, then The Is­land at St Annes could be a good choice, show­ing new films and sev­eral live streamed the­atre per­for­mances.

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