Chichester’s Corn Exchange (now New Look), East Street, has city’s first screening.
Olympia Electric Theatre opens at Northgate, Chichester.
The Picturedrome opens on South Street, Chichester, seating 1,000. Now Iceland supermarket.
Gaumont, Northgate, Chichester (Now Carluccio’s) opens with King Solomon’s Mines. Seats 1,300.
Granada Chichester announce they will close in 1980 - screening 'The Empire Strikes Back' as their last film.
20th September 1979: Chichester Cinema is Born!
‘Love and Death’ (Woody Allen) first film screened (on 16mm) at Chichester College by Roger Gibson. (Pic left)
Over 40 films shown over a 30-week season. Membership limited to 300. (Pic left)
The society’s name changed to the Chichester College Film Society.
Chichester City Film Society awarded “Film Society of the Year Award.” by Southern Arts.
British Film Year. 26 of the 55 films shown that season were British.
The Chichester City Film Society moves to New Park Community Centre.
35mm Projector installed. Later, Dolby Stereo Surround Sound. The cinema open 7 days a week.
The National Federation of Film Societies awarded Chichester City Film Society – “Film Society of the Year”.
First year of the Chichester International Film Festival.
James Stokes joins as projectionist, soon after by Mark Bradshaw Chief Projectionist. Still with us today.
Anita Roddick of the Body Shop, Principal Sponsor of the film festival. Regular attendee. Vice-president.
Mercia Last formed the “Friends of Chichester Cinema at New Park”.
Ellen Cheshire becomes Cinema’s first General Manager.
Roger Gibson receives Civic Award for his service to the Community and in October, an Honorary MA from Chichester University College.
Walter Francisco joins the Cinema as Box Office Manager. General Manager in 2005. Current Cinema Director & Programmer.
First Baby Makes 2 screening in relaxed atmosphere.
Retractable seating installed. Grand re-opening 20th July with ‘The Smallest Show on Earth’.
June: installation of new Heating & Ventilation & state of the art DTS Digital Sound.
Ninian McGuffie joins the Box Office team & resident film buff. Still with us today.
First Open-Air Screening, Chichester Cathedral (High Society) to launch 17th Chichester International Film Festival. (Pic left)
Henry Beltran joins the Cinema as Front of House Manager.
First ‘Mind for Movies’ Film Quiz at Minerva Brasserie, Chichester Festival Theatre.
Digital Projection installed after a short and successful appeal to cinema Friends.
Satellite receiver installed for live Performance events.
Chichester Multiplex opens at Chichester Gate
Ralph Fiennes closes the 24th Chichester International Film Festival.
New super comfortable cinema seating installed.
First Drive-In screening (Casablanca) at Festival Theatre car park. (Pic left)
New comfortable cinema seating installed, with new Heating and Ventilation.
40th Anniversary celebrations include Ruby Tuesdays, twice monthly screenings of films Roger Gibson programmed from 20 September, 1979.
Coronavirus hits, but we present 6 Drive In-Screenings in conjunction with the CFT at the Northgate Car Park.
New high quality audio sound system and speakers installed.