Here at Chichester Cinema at New Park, we want to welcome all film lovers.
Working in partnership with our landlords (New Park Centre) we hope we can make your visit a pleasant and stress-free one.
There are four allocated car parking spaces for Blue Badge holders in the New Park Centre car park. We advise arriving at least 30 minutes before the performance start time to get one of these spaces; although please be aware that a space cannot be guaranteed.
The main entrance to New Park Centre is located on the north side of the building, and only a few metres from the disabled car park bays. The Centre is on one level, with the box office, bar, disabled toilet, Studio and main auditorium all being easily accessible. Please note, the Picture Palace (which is used during our annual Film Festival), is accessed via 5 steps.
There are automatic doors leading into the building through the main entrance (north). The doors to the south entrance can accommodate a wheelchair, but have a small one-inch rise.
If you require a carer, simply apply for a free Cinema Exhibitors' Association Card (CEA Card) by picking up an application form from our box office or from www.ceacard.co.uk. Your 'CEA Card' will entitle your accompanying carer to a free seat. This card is accepted at most cinemas in the UK. Please note that we cannot accept CEA cards whilst our auditorium has limited availability due to Social Distancing.
If you are travelling to us by public transport, Chichester train station is wheelchair accessible, as it the footpath from the bus stop.
We are delighted to put on free screenings for disadvantaged young adults once a month at Chichester Cinema at New Park. In association with the the Apuldram Centre who organize the audience members, along with Splits in Chichester who prepare some wonderful lunches at a discounted price to the cinema, we team up once a month to bring joy to many people who may not otherwise go to the cinema. If you would like to support these screenings, please do get in touch via our Contact Page.
Next Screenings: Ghostbusters; Beauty and the Beast; A Christmas Carol.
We are committed to extending and developing the love of Cinema, not just amongst those who are able to attend screenings. As a consequence, in late 2020 the Board of Trustees decided to embark on the first of several projects designed to reach different areas of the local community.
Cinema in a Box
Realising that when people reach a certain age going to the cinema becomes far more difficult, we launched ‘Cinema in a Box’ where we provide a recent DVD together with delicious cakes supplied by COOK in Chichester. Residential care homes in Chichester and the wider area have signed up to the scheme, which enables them to plan showing the film at a time to suit their schedules, along with a cup of tea and a delicious treat.
Having taken steps to support the older generation, we then looked at how we could work alongside some younger members of our local community.
Snowdrop Trust Cinema in a Box
The Snowdrop Trust is a local charity supporting children with challenging illness and their families. They too can experience difficulty coming to a regular screening, and thus Movie Magic in a Box was born! We wanted families to enjoy a night at the movies in the comfort of their own home. So we put together a box of goodies including a Just Eat voucher, Netflix subscription, plus popcorn and Montezuma chocolate.
Backdating to the start of the year, we have used the birthdays of each child and done our best to ensure that they receive their box on their special day. We also invited every family to the Open Air Screening of ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’
Both schemes could not function without the generous support of those who support Chichester Cinema at New Park, be it on a regular basis, generously offering their ticket value of cancelled screenings, and to those who have made donations in memory of someone who has enjoyed time spent sharing the love of film with fellow cinema goers.
We hope to continue and extend these projects as well as offering further links to the local community where we see an opportunity to share our love of film. Throughout the course of the coming year we will keep you posted with the schemes and ideas that we hope some of you will feel able to support, either as volunteers or by making a donation.
Wheelchair spaces are available for booking via phone or in person at the box office. Our primary wheelchair space is widely seen as the best seat in the auditorium – front centre, with no-one in your eye line. You are welcome to visit us during non-screening times if you would like to have a look at the auditorium.
Our friendly volunteers are always on hand to show you to your seat before anyone else too.
Hearing Loop & Photosensitivity
The main auditorium is equipped with a Hearing Loop. Please set your hearing aid to the 'T' setting.
For any performance containing strobe lighting etc, a notice will be displayed in the cinema programme brochure and online.
Guide Dogs are welcome in all our spaces. Please mention if you are bringing a guide dog when booking so we can allocate the correct space for you.
We currently include in our programme subtitled english language films, and with some funding, we hope to get the Sennheiser Infrared System to allow our hard of hearing patrons to hear our films’ soundtracks more clearly, and our visually impaired visitors to be able to get an audio description of what is happening on screen.
We currently hold relaxed screenings a few times per year in conjunction with the brilliant charity PACSO – Parent & Carers Support Organization (www.pacso.org.uk), which we hope to make an even more regular feature.
We hope you have a pleasant visit to our cinema.