About Us

The Palace Cinema is one of the oldest surviving cinemas in north-west England.

An anachronism from another era, The Palace Cinema is unique.

The Palace is a lively independent single-screen cinema and performance venue, set in the small market town of Longridge, on the edge of the beautiful Ribble Valley. Originally built as a weaving shed and converted into a cinema and music hall in 1912, The Palace is one of the oldest remaining cinemas in north-west England.

We have 194 red velvet seats, bought once upon a time from the famous London ballet theatre Sadler’s Wells, to which you can take a cup of tea served in a proper china mug, and we play Pearl & Dean adverts and The National Anthem before every film. But we are also forward looking; we play a range of mainstream films as well as documentaries and arthouse films and we schedule an increasingly varied programme of live events including comedy nights, plays, talks and musical performances.
We pride ourselves on good customer service. At The Palace, all are warmly welcomed. We offer special screenings for parents & babies, for the deaf and hard of hearing, for people with autism or dementia and their carers and now and then for teenagers. We keep traditions alive and tend to the audiences of the future.

Our cosy downstairs bar stocks a range of local beers and spirits and in winter the fire is always lit. In the summer you can enjoy a local ice cream in our community garden space. We also have a gallery space with rotating exhibitions and in December 2019 we open our upstairs cocktail and pizza bar.

Our aim is to be a meeting point for culture and community in the countryside. We are an environmentally friendly cinema and a plastic free champion. We are more than just a cinema. We are The Palace.

We are more than just a cinema. We are The Palace.  

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