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.