Great Films at Firstsite

Our partnership with the UK’s leading independent cinema group, Curzon enables us to bring you great films at Firstsite –

all screened in our state-of-the-art 188-seat tiered cinema with digital cinema technology.

Launched in June 2017, the collaboration marked the first time that Curzon partnered with a public gallery.

Our programme has something for everyone, right in the heart of Colchester from family films, to world cinema, independent films and blockbusters. We also screen a huge range of live and encore screenings of theatre, opera and ballet performances.

The Curzon Group, which has a cinema venue nearby on Queen Street, work closely with us to create a film programme that rivals those at cinemas across the UK, whilst also responding to Firstsite’s exhibition programme, and coinciding with events in the town.

We also offer autism-friendly screenings of some of our family films – find out more.

Our licensed bar serves refreshments before performances and during live-screening intervals. During matinees, visitors can also enjoy the delicious range of food and drink at our café situated in our foyer.

Firstsite Director, Sally Shaw says:

‘Our partnership with Curzon brings the people of Colchester and the surrounding area some fantastic cinema. From foreign films and family movies to National Theatre live performances, our diverse programme is part of a huge array of fun activities that visitors to Firstsite can enjoy.’

Check our What’s On page for more info and to book your tickets:

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Royal Opera House: Swan Lake (Live)

Wednesday 1 April 2020

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