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“Great provision” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Scott Cinema

Scott Cinema
Market Street, Newton Abbot TQ12 2RB, England
+44 871 230 3200
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Ranked #8 of 12 Activities in Newton Abbot
Type: Movie Theaters, Amusement
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Owner description: HISTORY The Alexandra was built as a Corn Exchange in 1871 and, as can still be seen, it forms an contiguous part of the larger market hall building and boasts a fine Italianate tower over its entrance. The exterior and some original internal features are grade 2 listed. It was operating as a cinema during the silent era but has also been much used for theatrical purposes and it was not until the balcony was separated off to form screen 2 that it changed its name from "Alexandra Theatre" to "Alexandra Cinema". Some major works were carried out during the 1930s, when presumably the balcony was added along with an altered entrance and new toilet blocks on each side. The front lobby still retains aspects of this with its domed ceiling and glass lighting trough over the main doors. Little is known of its ownership in earlier years apart from the fact that a local gentleman by the name of Captain Oakey was the proprietor at some time pre World War 2. For many years it was operated by a local company who also had the Imperial Cinema in Queen Street and whose Directors were also major shareholders in 3 of the cinemas in Paignton and Torquay. When this company decided not to renew its lease in the early 1960s it was acquired by the then manager, Mr C.C.W. Scott who continued to operate it along with other Devon cinemas up until the time of his death in 1986, ably assisted by house manager and secretary Mrs Violet Spooner. This is a somewhat idiosyncratic building, not without charm, but also constrained by its limited size and layout, but it has always prospered by being right in the heart of this lovely market town. CURRENT The cinema has two screens, Screen 1 is located in the original stalls and Screen 2 in the original balcony. During 2012, a full interior refurbishment was carried out. This included the complete refurbishment of the foyer and all front of house areas. Later, work in Screen 1 included a new suspended ceiling, and the replacement of the wall drapes. Digital Projection and Sound was also added, with 3D capabilities in the large screen.
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“Great provision”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Great cinema especially in Newton abbot. Slightly old fashioned but this adds to the appeal. Clean and airy.

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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“My favourite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

This is my favourite cinema in the area. Clean, comfortable, good sound and picture. Parking is easy and you can pick your seat!

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“A cosy retreat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Wet & windy weather on a Sunday in Devon, so we decided to see the latest Bond Movie 'Skyfall' at our local Alexandra Cinema in Newton Abbot.The cinema run by Scott Cinemas, is located in the original building next to Newton Abbot, Market, but it has all you could wish for in a moderrn cinema and shows the latest films. We went for the 4.30 pm screening. Convenenient free Sunday parking is currently available at the nearby Asda store.
Staff at the cinema are always friendly & in a tactful way ensured that we only paid the senior citizen rate. There are 3 screens and the Bond Film was showing upstairs. All areas have been refurbished with really comfortable seating and there are cup holders so you can take a soft drink, or tea/coffee into the cinema. We sat in the back row, where there is extra leg room, rather like being in an armchair at home! The cinema was warm & cosy and we enjoyed the film.
I think the residents of Newton Abbot should celebrate that they have such a liitle gem of a cinema right in the heart of the town.

Visited November 2012
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“Hard to see”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012 via mobile

The downstairs cinema's seating is not stepped do when somebody tall sits in front your knackered! Great shame but I'd rather pay to travel and actually SEE the film

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“A cinema that shows children's film yet clearly doesn't like children.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012 via mobile

Visited Barnstaple theatre with 7 children to watch a film. We arrived on time and were advised to wait in the bar area. After a few minutes the children were told sternly to be quiet by a member of Scott's staff. The children were sitting chatting excitably about the upcoming film. I was told that people in the theatre nearest to us would be able to hear the children. If you can hear children 30 ft away when a film is playing then the Scott must play the sound on their films extremely low and have the large heavy doors wide open all the time!

Young, inexperienced staff who clearly couldn't careless about children. I would recommend that you steer clear of Scott Cinemas and visit a large chain instead.

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