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Eastbourne, East Sussex

Theatres and Cinema


We are not short of theatres in Eastbourne. The grand and modern Congress Theatre seats 1689 people for the most lavish productions. You may also enjoy the quaint Victorian atmosphere of the Devonshire Park Theatre which was built in 1884 and has a highly decorated interior, disabled facilities, an audio description service and a fully licensed bar. The Hippodrome seats 643 and was an old venue for Music Hall. It has a summer variety show each year. There is a licensed bar upstairs and a coffee bar on the ground floor.

The Winter Garden (900 seats) is another piece of history, designed in 1875 by Henry Currey and comprises the Floral Hall, concert hall and the Gold Room (400 capacity). This is linked to the Congress Theatre by the Congress Suite so that visitors can move between the two under cover. It has a licensed bar and disabled facilities and is a popular venue for conferences as well as performances. In the town centre, small scale productions also take place in the intimate surroundings of the Underground Theatre (145 capacity) which is opposite the Station (under the Library - it is, literally, underground!). It is a meeting place for locals interested in the Performing Arts


Enjoy an afternoon at the Cinema at Sovereign Harbour where you can enjoy multi screens at Cineworld, with free parking always available. Conveniently situated in the town centre there is the nostalgic Curzon Cinema (with two screens) at 14 Langney Road, first built in 1933.


The New Towner Gallery, opened in April 2009, is a contemporary art gallery with 3 floors of mostly free exhibitions. It also has a cafe with views across the Devonshire Park comlex.