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Your guide to cinemas and theatres in the English Lake District

If you're looking for entertainment, it's worth thinking beyond the cinemas and theatres listed lower down this page. Have a look at what these places can offer - they are venues where you can often enjoy music recitals and other entertainment:

The Brewery Arts Centre Kendal

Yewdale Guest House


Cinemas and Theatres in Cumbria & the Lake District


Ambleside Zeffirellis Cinema Compston Rd 015394 31771
Barrow - Vue Cinema My Vue Barrow Whats on    
Bowness &  Windermere Royalty Cinema Lake Rd 015394 43364
Carlisle Vue Cinemas 50 Botchergate 01228 819104
Kendal Brewery Arts Centre 122a Highgate 01539 725133
Keswick Alhambra Cinema St Johns St 017687 72195
Penrith Alhambra Cinema Middlegate 01768 862400
Ulverston Northern Morris Cinema    
Workington Ritz Cinema Dunmail Park 01900 870001


Bowness Old Laundry Theatre Crag Brow 015394 88444
Carlisle Sands Centre   01228 625888
Carlisle Green Room Club (West Walls Theatre) West Walls 01228 533233
Carlisle Stanwix Arts Theatre Brampton Road, Stanwix 01228 534664
Cockermouth Kirkgate Centre Kirkgate 01900 826448
Kendal Brewery Arts Centre 122a Highgate 01539 725133
Keswick The Theatre by the Lake Lakeside 017687 72282
Maryport Civic Hall Lower Church St 01900 812652
Millom Palladium St Georges Rd 01229 774929
Milnthorpe Heron Theatre Stanley Street, Beetham 015395 64283
Penrith Penrith Players Theatre Club 1 Auction Mart Lane 01768 865557
Ulverston Coronation Hall County Sq 01229 582610
Whitehaven Rosehill Theatre Moresby 01946 692422
Workington Carnegie Theatre Finkle St 01900 602122

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See also our "What's On In The Lakes Guide" - Click here!

In addition to the Bowness Theatre, there are many places where you can enjoy theatre and films, including:

Carnegie Theatre in Workington and Rosehill Theatre in Whitehaven offer a varied programme of music, drama, films and shows. You can enjoy the latest films at the modern six screen multiplex Plaza in Workington or the more traditional surroundings of the Alhambra in Keswick, Zeffirellis in Ambleside and the Alhambra in Penrith.

Bowness - The Old Laundry Theatre

Crag Brow, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3BX
Phone: 015394 40872 Fax: 015394 40870 Web:

This popular theatre deserves your support for the fantastic programme of events it puts on each year. The delightful venue is highly recommended, not only for its charm but also for the fun filled evening you'll have when you visit. The Old Laundry Theatre is situated in Bowness-on-Windermere in the heart of the Lake District. The lively annual season of music, theatre, comedy and film starts on 27th August 2009 and finishes at the end of November 2009. The theatre was opened in 1992 by Sir Alan Ayckbourn, a trustee of the theatre. The theatre season is run by a registered charity, Bowness Theatre Festival Ltd, with financial and practical support from The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction - the business it shares a building and facilities with. Its design is based on Sir Alan's original theatre in Scarborough, making it one of only six 'in-the-round' theatres in the UK (seating up to 280 in the round or 250 in a conventional stage layout).

Keswick - The Theatre By The Lake

Theatre by the Lake, Lakeside, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5DJ Phone: 017687 74411 Web: Theatre By The Lake

Located just a stone's throw from the shores of Derwentwater and nestled on the edge of the pretty market town of Keswick, Theatre by the Lake is in a truly remarkable location. Whether you are visiting us for an evening of top notch entertainment, thought-provoking drama or simply to feed the ducks, this Lakeside theatre is a must visit for locals and visitors alike. Pre-theatre meals are available on performance nights in our Friends Gallery from 5pm. Enjoy your meal surrounded by regular art and photographic exhibitions by local and regional artists.