Welcome to a better, brighter venue

Published on 11th May 2021

We’re ready for the future and ready for you!

Published 11 May 2021

The first phase of our refurbishment programme is complete and, as we gear up to reopen our doors on 20 May, we’d like to share a sneak peek of some of the changes.

Bigger screens, better sound, superior comfort 

Our fully refurbished cinema complex now has two state of the art giant screens, incredible new audio and luxurious new seating. We’ve even increased the legroom by spacing the rows further apart. Enjoy air conditioning, contactless ticketing, and an Oscar winning film programme available to book now.

Brighter social hub

Reconnect with us and each other over great food and drinks in our beautiful, spacious and socially distanced restaurant, terrace and garden. Our restaurant and bar has had a stylish makeover, breathing new life into the space, increasing light and airflow, and creating a relaxed and inspiring environment. Bookings are now open for indoor food and drinks from 20 May.

Coming soon…

After our Cinema and Restaurant reopens on 20 May we’ll be bringing you more news about the next phase of our improvements. When we’re able to unlock more of our building and welcome bigger groups of people, we’ll be revealing our Digital Lounge, Creative Studios and programmes of classes, live events, creative projects and more.

Digital Lounge

Our boutique Digital Lounge will be available soon for immersive screenings and gaming sessions. Expect the best in comfort and exceptional audiovisual entertainment, in a beautifully styled private space.

Future creatives

All of our Creative Studios have been upgraded and our new pop-up music and filmmaking studios will be available soon for classes, talent development and creative projects for our vibrant community of movers, makers and innovators.

Bold new look and feel

We’ve also given our branding a fresh new identity, and we’ll be updating all of our signage, website and social media branding very soon. Here’s a preview of our new logo and some of the temporary signage you’ll see across our site during the next phase of the project. Here’s the logo design by Cactus Creative.

Thank you!

The refurbishment works have been supported by a wide range of contractors, designers, manufacturers and businesses, with 90% of these based in our local area. Our thanks go to everyone who helped us, with a special mention to:

Miller Clear Architects LLP, Cortex Services, Cactus Creative, Flock, Ferco, MK Conversions, S.B. Metalwork, Ormrod Signs, ARBCO, iTEK, Camstage, Soundsmith, Tom Handley, Stuart Walker Photography, T.T. Carpets, Different Strokes, Wilkinson’s Decorators, Will Nelson, Westmorland Flooring, Oakwood, CinemaNext, FTS, Omnex, R.G Parkins, Painted by me and Kencomp.


The project is supported by Arts Council England, Cumbria LEP, South Lakeland District Council, Cumbria County Council, Kendal Town Council, Brewery Arts Centre Endowment Trust, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, anonymous gifts and individual donations through a successful public appeal. Download the full Press Release for more details

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