Cinemas in Dorset

Looking for some evening entertainment or a wet weather day activity? A day at the cinema could be just the ticket!

Whether you’re a fan of Hollywood blockbusters or appreciate the classics staring actors of the past, you’re sure to find a film to suit.

Diverse offerings

From large cinemas offering the latest in film technological advancements to independent picture houses harking back to simpler times, the choice is yours.

Odeon, Vue and CineWorld all have large multiplex cinemas in Dorset, some of which also have eateries to enjoy a meal before or after the film.

There are also many smaller, town cinemas where you will get a completely different and more personal experience complete with intermissions and ice-creams!

Family fun at the flicks

It's not often that the sun doesn't shine on Dorset, but sometimes finding an indoor venue for the day is what's required to keep the children happy.

Many of our cinemas offer some wonderful promotions for children - if it’s a Saturday morning showing or an afternoon matinée performance, the kids will be well catered for.

Lots of Dorset’s cinemas offer superb money saving deals so your day out at the cinema needn’t cost a blockbuster budget.

Film fanatic events

Dorset is home to a great number of movie buffs that celebrate film and cinema with engaging events. The Purbeck Film Festival is the longest running rural film festival in the UK and allows visitors to experience films in a number of unique locations as well as the opportunity to meet writers, directors and movie stars.

The Sherborne International Film Festival hosts a number screening of films not ordinarily seen in this part of the world with feature films that stretch your senses and tantalise your imagination.

Further details of cinemas in Dorset can be found below. Find a cinema near you and enjoy all the sights and sounds of the silver screen, just remember to pick up your snacks first!

Odeon Cinema – Bournemouth

The Electric Palace – Bridport

Odeon Cinema – Dorchester

Plaza Cinema – Dorchester

Regent Cinema – Lyme Regis

Cineworld Cinema – Poole

The Mowlem Theatre – Swanage

Rex Cinema – Wareham

Cineworld – Weymouth

The Tivoli Theatre – Wimborne

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