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From the early days of silent cinema, through the golden age of the picture palace to the modern multiplexes and beyond, The Final Reel takes an affectionate and entertaining look at our nation’s obsession with the cinema.

Available on DVD across the UK from 30th April 2018


Further clips are available here and here


This feature length documentary, narrated by celebrated actor Sir John Hurt, tells the fascinating and ever changing story of how cinemas have developed from the travelling showmen to the present day. Our narrative, away from the usual urban centers, tells a different story of the rural and seaside towns of England.

For many people their local cinema is one of their favourite places in the world, their spiritual home, and their last community space.    The Final Reel is a film that celebrates the local cinema – past and present – and our timeless obsession with the buildings, films, film stars and the people that spend their lives in-thrall of them.   Featuring a mix of actuality, interviews and archive material, The Final Reel offers an entertaining overview of the history of cinema-going in Norfolk and a snapshot of cinema-going in England today.  We will meet some of the colourful characters that are a key part of this history and hear how they kept the audiences coming back.

It also asks the question – is this the final reel for the cinema or just another chapter in its ongoing story?

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Norwich Heritage Open Day Special Screening

September 14th 11:00AM Cinema City Norwich, FREE ENTRY

Please Book here.


Past Screenings


May 6th, 7:00PM The Electric Palace, Harwich
May 6th, 8:00PM, The Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth
April 28th, 7:00PM The Forum, Norwich
February 21st, Walsingham Parish Hall
January 30th 20:30, The Regent Street Cinema, London

November 23rd 6:30 PM King’s Lynn Community Cinema
November 23rd 13:00 PM Cambridge Arts Picturehouse
November 19th 16:30, The Foyle Film Festival, The Nerve Centre, Derry (With Q&A)
October 26th  2:30PM & 7:30PM Sheringham Little Theatre
October 21st 10:00AM 35th Cambridge Film Festival, Cambridge Arts Picture House
October 20th 8:30PM 35th Cambridge Film Festival, Emmanuel College
October 5th – 7:30 PM Hollywood Cinema, Great Yarmouth (Closing film of the Great Yarmouth Film Festival)
September 29th 1:30 PM Cinema City Norwich
September 20th 6:30 PM QUAD – Derby (with Q&A)
September 20th 6:30 PM The AbbeyGate Cinema, Bury St. Edmunds
September 15th 6:40 PM Cinema City Norwich
September 14th 8:30 PM Cinema City Norwich
September 13th 11:40 AM Cinema City Norwich (Silver Screen)
September 12th 10:45 AM Cinema City Norwich (Silver Screen)
September 11th 5:40 PM Cinema City Norwich
September 10th 3:30 PM Cinema City Norwich (with Q&A)

“Enchantingly Nostalgic”
Cinemas Fringes

  “Entertaining, Educational & Important”


U.K Film Review

Cast & Crew

Narrator: Sir John Hurt

Director: Jonathan Blagrove

Producers: Marc Atkinson, Jonathan Blagrove

Executive Producers: Clare Chapman, Guy Martin, Kelsie English

Associate Producer: Anna Blagrove

Director of Photography: Christopher Sharman

Editor: John Fensom

Original Score: Alex Ball

Production Companies: Coda Films, Cinema Plus, Heritage Lottery Fund

Technical Specs: 102 minutes, 2016 UK, English, Colour, 5K (Red Dragon)

Screening Format: DCP, Blu-Ray