I say cinemas plural, we only really have one all year round cinema in St Ives - the Merlin Cinema in Royal Square. However, there are several other places that show films throughout the year that are really worth a mention!
The main cinema in St Ives ain't posh. It is a small place tucked away in a fairly tatty building opposite the Kidz R Us Theatre on The Stennack in St Ives. It may be small but it shows all the latest releases for REALLY good prices. They also have childrens sessions on a weekend called Mini Merlins. This costs £1.99 per ticket (including adults) and they show popular childrens films.
For a few nights during the Summer months, a cinema screen is erected on Porthmeor Beach. Films are shown in the evening (quite late as it needs to be fairly dark) and you can take your own seating, food and drink and blankets. Limited deckchairs are provided and they also serve food and drink. Last year tickets were £5 and they showed La La Land, The Greatest Showman, Paddington 2 and Baywatch.
The Cohort hostel next to Kidz R Us Theatre on The Stennack has their own film club called the St Ives Film & Documentary Society. The films are shown on the second Tuesday of every month at Cohort. They show independent films and documentaries from around the world which aim to excite, challenge and inspire!
The Surfhouse on top of The Island sometimes holds Surfhouse Cinema & Pizza nights. These tend to be surf movies and are excellent fun!
Whether you are a dab hand at surfing or you have never tried it before, St Ives is a good place to surf.
Porthmeor Beach is our best surf beach with good waves most of the year round. It does occasionally go as flat as a pancake in the Summertime, but this is fairly unusual. There is usually decent surf, sometimes fantastic surf!
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