Welcome to our delightfully charming and unique cinema located within the heart of the historic sector of Bury St Edmunds.
Abbeygate Cinema delivers a quality cinema event; a tasteful and refined theatre-like experience with a strong mix of arthouse, independent and quality mainstream films. We offer an enriched Screen Arts programme including Bolshoi, Royal Opera House, National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Metropolitan Opera.
Our private screen and function room hire offer versatile spaces for corporate functions, private parties and local festival events. Our weekly parent and baby screenings attract mums and dads within the local community who meet for coffee, chat and film and our great membership offering is hugely popular.
Our stylish licensed restaurant/bar, No.4, offers a mouth-watering menu from just a slice of cake and coffee to a full meal. Our resident chef specialises in Canadian West Coast cuisine blending foods from around the world whilst using local produce whenever possible. Everything is homemade and we think our burgers will be the best you’ve ever tasted!
The cinema and restaurant are fully accessible to wheelchair users; with a ground level disabled toilet and a lift to access the cinema screens.
We have wheelchair access seats available in both screens. We recommend that you contact us to confirm availability beforehand.
Limited Mobility Access
Our lift takes you to the main entrance of both screens.
Screen 1 has three initial steps leading up into the auditorium and then graduated steps leading down to the aisles from Row M to A.
Screen 2 has no steps in the auditorium, but does have a gentle slope down to the aisles.
Audio Description and Enhanced Soundtrack
All our auditoria are equipped with a system that delivers Audio Description (AD) or an enhanced soundtrack through a headset or a portable hearing loop. The AD runs every time a film with Audio Description is shown, and is undetectable to anyone not wearing a headset.
We show films with AD whenever the necessary files are made available by film distributors. Like a narrator telling a story, AD gives an additional commentary describing body language, expressions and movements. It gives information about things which are not made clear through the soundtrack.To reserve a headset or a portable hearing loop, please email us, call us on 01284 754477 or ask at the Box Office.
CEA Cards and Carers Cards
People who either have a CEA Card (www.ceacard.co.uk) or at least qualify for one are eligible for our Carers card. Currently people who receive one of the following benefits are eligible for a CEA card:
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA);
- Attendance Allowance (AA);
- Blind Persons Registration;
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP); and
- Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP).
The card would be registered in the name of the disabled person, so any carer accompanying him or her to the cinema can use it. When the disabled person purchases a ticket to the cinema together with a ticket for the carer accompanying him/her, the card will discount the carer’s ticket so that it is free. The card can be used to book tickets (without a booking fee) in person, online or over the phone.
If you qualify for our Carer’s Card, please take your relevant ID (as listed above) to the Box Office when you next visit the cinema and a member of staff will be happy to process your application.
Customers who have a disability that means that they need a companion with them in the cinema can bring them to the Abbeygate Cinema free of charge.
You can sign up for a Carers Card which will automatically discount one of your tickets, and which you can use when buying tickets in person, online or by telephone. The card will also mean that you don’t have to explain your situation every time you visit the cinema.
Ticket prices for customers with disabilities are according to their circumstances (e.g. adult, Member or student); the free ticket applies to their companion. The card must be used in conjunction with a paid-for ticket or a Member’s free ticket.
All customers for 3D screenings – including those using free tickets – will need to buy a pair of 3D glasses. These can be reused if you keep them.
Signing up for a card is not required, but we hope it will make buying tickets easier. It is personal to you, and may not be used by other people.
Dementia Friendly Screenings
Welcoming people living with dementia along with family, friends and carers our special Dementia-Friendly screenings.
Working in partnership with the Gatehouse Dementia Hub.
These screenings are open to all but we particularly invite people living with dementia and their families, friends and carers. We aim to provide a relaxing experience to share together and an opportunity to meet other people in a similar situation. Carers’ admission is FREE.
What makes these screenings special?
The lights will be left on low and you are all welcome to move around, talk or sing along as you wish. There may sometimes be a 20 minute interval halfway through the film with the chance to buy ice-creams and free tea, coffee and biscuits will be on offer before the screening from 10.30am so that you can have a chat with others and get to know the space.
Why are we doing these screenings?
We want to ensure that we are accessible to the widest range of people as possible and we’re really excited to be able to incorporate showings specifically aimed at those impacted by dementia.
We’re pleased to support Max Card – a national, local authority commissioned project for vulnerable
children and young people reaching out to foster children, children with disabilities and young carers aged 0-19.
We are listed in ‘Max Card in Suffolk’ as a venue taking part in this great scheme with the following offer:
One small FREE popcorn for every full paying child*
To redeem this offer, just show your Max Card to a member of staff when buying your cinema ticket.
Further information on this initiative and details on how to obtain a Max Card can be found here.
Terms & Conditions:
- Maximum of 2 children per Max Card
- Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.