About The Magic Lantern
The Magic Lantern has been here since 1893. First built as
the town assembly rooms, it was used for such noble
pursuits as badminton practice and variety performances.
Recently, evidence of very early film showings has been
We now have new proof of film showings happening here since 1900 - with adverts for showings of footage from the Boar War.
More newpaper adverts from 1905 promote showings featuring footage of motor racing.
This places the Magic Lantern Cinema right at the start of Cinema in the UK - infact we were showing film 9 years earlier than any other operating Cinema in the Britain.
Re-christened as "The Assembly Cinema" after World War 1,
and subsequently as 'The Ritzy', 'Tywyn Cinema' and now, as
a nod to it's historic past, 'The Magic Lantern'.
We may be steeped in Cinema history - but, nowadays we are totally state of the art ... with an awesome Sony 4K (3D) digital projection system with Dolby 7.1 surround sound: that's about the best equipment any cinema could wish for!
We also have a fully stocked bar and two stages for our
Our packed programme includes Live streaming from the
RSC and National Theatre, live comedy, and live music.
You're also very welcome to hire the cinema for super-hip
private events! Drop us an email with your requirements.
“Unlike all the other art forms, film is able to seize and render the passage of time,
to stop it, almost to possess it in infinity.
I’d say that film is the sculpting of time.”
– Andrei Tarkovsky