White River Cinema is part of the regeneration of the former Alymer Square in the town centre of St Austell, and opened its doors for the first time in December 2008. The cinema was the first purpose built cinema complex to be built in Cornwall for over 70 years and features all the latest in cinema technology.
The cinema has four screens all on first floor level which can be accessed from the ground floor lift and stairs. In each screen there are two rows of leather ‘rocker’ seats which are unique in Westcountry Cinemas.
All auditoria are equipped with Digital six channel (5.1) sound systems, Screen 1 boasts an upgrade to the latest Dolby 7.1 surround sound capability providing more depth and realism to the cinema experience. Each auditorium has wall to wall screens for maximum picture size. All Screens feature NEC Digital Projectors, and Screen One retains the ability to show 35mm film.
Screen Three is also equipped with a MasterImage 3D system, enabling it to show Digital 3D movies.
Each auditorium has designated wheelchair spaces, infra-red hearing systems, audio description and subtitling facilities.
The cinema also has a licensed bar on its first floor for patrons to enjoy a quiet drink prior to the start of the film.
In Summer 2013 the cinema commenced live satellite transmissions of theatrical shows, concerts, opera and ballet, bringing live content to St Austell from around the world. Shows have included a full season from The Royal Opera House in Convent Garden, Andre Rieu Concerts from The Netherlands, Monty Python from the O2, and the National Theatre in London.
The owners of White River Cinema are a local family company ‘WTW Cinemas’ (abbreviation of W.T.Williams) who have operated three cinemas in St Austell for almost 70 years. The cinemas are: The Capitol Theatre in Alexandra Road (Theatre, Cinema, Ballroom, Cafe & Shops) from 1945-1986, The Filmcentre in Chandos Place (formerly Odeon/Classic) from 1978 (1 Screen), 1981 (3 Screens) and 1991 – 2007 (5 Screens). White River Cinema (4 screens) opened in December 2008 until the present day.
White River Cinema was named the RAAM UK Independent Cinema Of The Year at an awards ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel in February 2011.
The Richard Curtis film ‘About Time’ which was filmed in the St Austell Bay area, and held its UK Cinema Premiere in September 2013 in front of a capacity audience, and included an introduction by Richard Curtis himself.
In 2016 the locally filmed hit BBC series Poldark, held its second season premiere at the White River Cinema. Hundreds of fans lined the red carpet to get a glipse of stars Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson & Jack Farthing before the screening and cast interview.
All screens are accessible to wheelchair users via the foyer lift.
All screens have sound enhancement (Infra-Red Systems) for the hard of hearing. Portable loop systems are available if necessary
All screens are equipped with Sub-titling systems and also Audio Description for the visually impaired.
Programme details of both systems are advertised weekly in the films & times section
Should you require any assistance with your visit, please do not hesitate to contact a member of staff
Telephone: 01726 66301 (Box office is open half an hour before the first performance of the day, and closes at 9pm)
24hr automated information line: 0871 2003304
White River Cinema,
White River Place,