Electric Palace Independent cinema and arts venue

We are reopening soon!

Great news - we are reopening on 20th August!

We'll be operating a limited arrangement initially, with safety measures including:
  • 15 tickets available for each screening/event.
  • Doors will open at 7pm to allow extra time for safe entry. Please arrive in good time.
  • Each event will have its own seating configuration due to the number of groups or individuals at each screening.
  • Three infra-red hand sanitiser stations are positioned in the cinema.
  • Seats are treated with anti-bacterial fabric spray.
  • The bar now has a custom-made perspex screen that wraps around the whole front of the bar.
See our new safety measures page on our website for full information about how we are planning to keep our venue safe when we reopen on 20th August.

We are also open for private hire from 17th August onwards.

Watch this spot for news of our upcoming screenings and events coming soon, and to suggest titles for film faves you'd like us to screen, do email us.

Thank you once again for your patience and support, and welcome to those who have already signed up to become a Friend of the Electric Palace cinema.

Find out about our reopening >>
Bill Sukhbir

Who are the friendly folk behind the scenes of our little cinema? Our series introduces you to our fantastic team.

This week meet volunteer, Bill, who has enjoyed many movie all-nighters, and loves watching films from our central aisle.

Meet Bill >>
Recommendations from the Electric Palace and friends
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Get your free ticket for our special online screening plus discussion.

Be one of 50 people to see THE STORY OF PLASTIC, which we're making available free online to the first 50 people who request a screening link from us - just email

Those who get in touch will receive a free screening link and information pack, plus an invitation to a film discussion on 12th July at 7pm. (When you receive the link you can watch the film anytime before the discussion.)

About the film: THE STORY OF PLASTIC takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it. Spanning three continents, the film illustrates the ongoing catastrophe. With engaging original animation, archival industry footage beginning in the 1930s, and first-person accounts of the unfolding emergency, the film distills a complex problem that is increasingly affecting the planet’s and its residents’ well-being.

In this unprecedented moment, it’s critical to ensure the voices of activists and marginalized communities are heard to stand up to big oil and businesses perpetuating the plastic crisis. Stories and film have a unique ability to bridge divides and bring us together as part of something bigger than ourselves – to connect us and create empathy during perilous times.

To that end, we hope The Story of Plastic serves as a tool to foster connection, spark dialogue, and create action. Watch the trailer >>

Join the discussion
Hosted by Sarah Macbeth and Alison Cooper of Transition Town Hastings, we have also invited participants from Heart of Hastings, SOS, Tidy Up St Leonards, Zero Waste Hastings, Hastings Give & Takery, HUB, Energise South, Common Treasury, Community Garden, Eve Apple Press, Harbour Designs, Washable Nappy Company, Refill Hastings, Plastic Free Hastings, Surfers Against Sewage, Wonderfill, Hastings Furniture Service and Warriors of Waste.

Download a PDF of FAQs about plastic.
Email us for your invitation ( >>
Ben Wheatley
FREE ONLINE FILM EVENT: Q&A with cult writer & director Ben Wheatley
Wednesday 8 July 2020 at 19:00

Shooting People presents a free online conversation with cult writer and director Ben Wheatley (Free Fire, High Rise, Kill List).

Wheatley will discuss breaking into the industry, his career across independent film, how he continues to approach low budget films and large scale productions, and the creative challenges that emerge for both. There's the chance to ask your questions too!

Register for the Ben Wheatley discussion »

Watch five powerful films about transformation from Aesthetica Film Festival's archives.

Across animation, documentary, drama and dance, these shorts reflect on moments of change.

Watch the Aesthetica film picks >>
Riz Ahmed in The Long Goodbye

Shared by Sean Hollebon from our Young Electrics film programmers:

British actor Riz Ahmed, star of The Sisters Brothers, Four Lions and Star Wars, has created a powerful, authentic and moving short film, which accompanies his own concept album.

Described as "about the United Kingdom's historical and contemporary relationship with South Asians and British Asians, framed through the extended metaphor of an abusive romantic relationship in the wake of Brexit and the rise of the far-right in Britain."

The 11-minute film exposes the emotional reality for many people who feel they are not welcome in the country they call home.

Watch The Long Goodbye >>

Another intriguing and fascinating regular pick by The Last Thursday Film Club. Dr Reekie from the club suggests:

"This week I’ve taken the liberty of choosing one of my own recent films. As often, I wasn’t sure what it was really about when I first started work on it, but now it seems kind of prophetic. In fact it’s a remake of an earlier mashup that somehow never felt finished. I’ve long been obsessed by Orson Welles and especially the big wheel scene in Carol Reed’s ‘The Third Man’. I always felt that particular scene could be opened up and explored like an infinite spatial mechanism."

Watch 'You Use to Believe in God (2020) by Duncan Reekie >>
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Our marketing manager, Annie, recommends the Oska Bites series of films.

Oska Bright Film Festival showcases films made by people with a learning disability. Oska Bites online screenings highlight films from the Oska Bright Film Festival 2019 back catalogue.

See work by Bus Stop Films, Jamie Brewer, Hugo Karlsson (Inuti Galleri), Tamsin Parker, Eleana Re and Steven Fraser on the Oska Bright Film Festival Facebook page this weekend and then on its website for a week.

Watch Oska Bites films for 1 week only >>

If you're looking forward to visiting the Electric Palace in person soon, perhaps you'd consider becoming one of our 'official' friends, by joining our Friends of the Cinema scheme? It comes with member perks and the option to donate to help us through the Covid-19 pandemic. Also, see all the lovely things people have said about the cinema and what it means to them, on our newly updated history page.
Upcoming films to book in the future:

We'll be adding a new range of screenings to our website, available for you to book for when we reopen again in August. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Visit our website and follow us on social media to stay up to date with our latest plans.
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