Sole surviving vintage mobile cinema bus comes to Cornwall

The Devon based Vintage Mobile Cinema is venturing south of the border to bring a unique slice of cinematic and automotive history to Cornwall. One of a fleet of seven custom-built vehicles commissioned by the Ministry of Technology in 1967, which toured the country promoting British production techniques, sadly, the whereabouts of the other six is unknown. Found abandoned in a field at one point, with the help of a Transport Trust grant current owner, Ollie Halls, oversaw five years of painstaking restoration work to faithfully return this striking vehicle to its former glory. Up and running since May 2010, with its immaculate bodywork, and futuristic-looking clear Perspex dome above the cab, the bus is turning heads everywhere it goes. An incomparable 22 seat movie theatre on wheels, inside, the state-of-the-art HD digital projection unit, Dolby 7:1 surround sound, carefully tiered seating, and plush furnishings provide an unparalleled cinematic experience.

And now thanks to funding from FEAST and South West Screen/UK Film Council Digital Film Archive Fund, and sponsored by Savoury Soaps, Awen Productions cic have arranged for this iconic mobile cinema to entertain audiences in Liskeard and Truro, as part of Awen’s ongoing Tre ProjectRediscovering Cornwall & Isles of Scilly through archive film.

“We’ve been charting the bus’ rise from the ashes and are really excited to have it coming here,” says Awen Productions cic Director Barbara Santi. “And in keeping with its unique heritage and history, we’ll be screening some lovely archive films in 20 minute slots. Perfect for taking a break from shopping and a real treat for all ages, it’s also free.”

Inside the Vintage Mobile Cinema

Featuring some of South West Film & TV Archive’s rare 1930’s footage shot around Cornwall, together with stunning, locally donated, Super 8 material, a Cornish-made film incorporating archive material, and a short documentary about the beautiful mobile cinema itself, screenings will take place at 45 minute intervals. There will also be opportunities for people to find out more about both the Tre Project and the Vintage Mobile Cinema.

Emma Giffard, the cinema’s manager explains: “It’s the first time we’ve been to Cornwall so we’re very excited about the visit. It fits in not only with our aims of bringing a cultural experience to rural communities, but with the original ethos of the Mobile Cinemas when they were in operation in the 60s. Developed as an outreach tool, we’re proud to continue this work in new and interesting ways. We’re also looking forward to meeting the good folk of Cornwall, and welcoming them on board the one and only Vintage Mobile Cinema!”

Emma & Ollie of the Vintage Mobile Cinema

Not to be missed, bring your own popcorn and sense of wonder to the bus at:

  • The Parade (outside Webbs House) Liskeard, on Saturday 19th February.
  • Lemon Quay, Truro, on Monday 21st February

Screenings held at 11am / 11.45am / 12.30pm / 1.15pm / 2pm / 2.45pm / 3.30pm.

For any questions contact

This event has been kindly sponsored by

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