Save the Electric Palace Cinema High Street Hastings

Rebecca Marshall is organising this fundraiser.

Hi wonderful people of Hastings and beyond, We’re here asking for your help to save the Electric Palace from permanent closure. Unfortunately, we’ve had to close our doors at the start of 2022, our twentieth anniversary. At the start of the pandemic we were carried through by funding from the BFI Cultural Support Fund, but it did not cater for such a terrible December in which we made huge losses due to all the booking cancellations. Now we are left in a disastrous situation. Due to the understandable concerns that affect us all regarding the ongoing Covid Omicron variant, January film bookings and venue hire were at an all-time low. It has not proved financially viable for us to open our doors for film screenings. Even standing closed has substantial outgoings, and we are under threat of permanent closure. To screen a film incurs licence fees and staffing costs that only generate further loss if badly attended.We are a not for profit ‘Community Interest Company’ with a small team of part-time staff and 30 dedicated and brilliantly passionate volunteers. Our running costs rely on ticket sales and bar profits.
for further information click on the link…

Allan Mitchell… Totally agree!!!

Marcus de Mowbray… Great little cinema!

Heather Sidery… Most definitely!


Being Bowie: Act 1 world premiere, film plus Q&A with Will Brooker and David Quantick. Electric Palace Cinema Saturday 11th June 2016.


Unrated / 40mins, plus Q&A / Will Brooker with Rebecca Hughes / 2016 / UK

We kick off this year’s Summer Music Season at the Electric Palace cinema, Hastings, with a very special world exclusive premiere!

For the past year, Will Brooker, Professor of Film and Cultural Studies at Kingston University, has been spending months at a time ‘being’ David Bowie – experiencing Bowie’s life at key points through his 40-year career, from Ziggy Stardust to Let’s Dance and beyond.

The editor of Cinema Journal, and author of many books on popular culture and their audiences, including Batman Unmasked, and The Blade Runner Experience, has been adopting Bowie’s eating habits and consuming the songs, films and literature Bowie did during different eras. The unique experience has been committed to film.

Brooker’s project was shockingly interrupted earlier this year, when Bowie tragically died.

Here to introduce this first act of his film, Brooker will discuss his experiences living ‘as’ Bowie between June and December 2015.

Being Bowie: Act 1’ includes TV and radio interviews, Brooker’s own performance footage, photoshoots, Super-8 and video diaries. Our Summer Music Season curator, the Emmy-award winning comedy writer, and Hastings resident, David Quantick, will host the Q&A.

The Pleasure Piers Of Sussex 23rd August 2015 – talk & slide show by Nick Prince

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The Pleasure Piers of Sussex, a historical talk and slide show by Nick Prince will be presented at the Electric Palace Cinema, High Street, Hastings Old Town, on Sunday, 23 August, 2015 at 8pm.

Alan Esdaile… Also understand from Nick Prince talk about bands in the second half.

Nick Prince… Second half is an in depth look at Hastings and St Leonards and will cover the 60’s and 70’s era when the big names came down in quite great detail.


The Cinemas of Hastings and St Leonards, talk and slide show by Nick Prince. Thur 8th Jan 2015.



The Curzon in Norman Road (1913-77 – Reopening 2015). all images supplied by Nick Prince

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Pictured  above is the Bohemia Electric Theatre, Bohemia Road, St Leonards (1912 only). This was at one time Europes smallest cinema and had the earliest known Saturday Minors club. Also Cinema De Luxe, Pelham Place, Hastings (1910-1965) Was once europe’s largest cinema. all images supplied by Nick Prince

The Cinemas of Hastings and St Leonards, talk and slide show by Nick Prince, will be presented at the Electric Palace, on Thursday 8th January, at 11.00 and 20.00. For more details please visit

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Mott Road Crew Live – Electric Palace Cinema 25th June 2014

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Mott Road Crew Live – Electric Palace Cinema 25th June 2014. This will interest lots of people here. Nothing much happens on a Wednesday night unless you mean Wednesday 25th June at The Electric Palace Cinema in Hastings Old Town.There’s a show going on that’s going to transport you back to what many people consider to be ‘The Golden Age of Rock n Roll’.

Phil & Richie spent 10 years on the road back in the late 60’s early 70’s crewing for numerous bands of the day, in particular Mott The Hoople, David Bowie and Queen. They have a huge collection of tall stories, humourous anecdotes and spinal tap moments along with a powerpoint of period photos and film clips to share with you. So why not come along,book your seat, grab a drink and enjoy the ride.

Mark Gilham….Such a great band

Philip John…..If you’re not doing anything Wednesday evening why not pop down to the The Electric Palace in Hastings Old Town and catch Phil John & Richie Anderson, aided and abetted by Mr.Andy Gunton as they recount with the aid of rose tinted glasses life on the road, crewing for many well known bands through out the late 60’s & early seventies.
There’s tall tales of hotel mayhem, duelling with 40ft semi trucks . first meetings with groupies,working with guys fresh out of Vietnam, the truckers double dare and discovering porn plus for the muso’s, working on Brian Mays guitar sound, taking a steinway grand on the road ,the revolutionary helpinstall piano pickup and what to do with a Hammond C3 organ if the organist insists he wants it in his hotel room every night.
There’s also a power point of personal photos from that period and the first showing of Morgan Fishers short film of Mott arsing about in new York prior to becomeing the first rock band to play on Broadway. There’s enough material for three shows and we also hope to have a couple of numbers from Mick Bolton ,one time Keyboards player with Mott. Oh, and it’s being filmed.

Alan Esdaile……Excellent evening at the Electric Palace Cinema last night. A big thank you to Phil John, Richie Anderson, Mick Bolton and Andy Gunton for sharing some amazing memories of life on the road

Sarah Harvey……Eventually made it for the second half and shame I wasn’t able to make the it earlier, but loved what I saw and heard…..I will make sure I make the whole of the next one. Well done all

Pete Prescott….really good night.loved it.

Philip John…..Well Wednesday evening we did the gig at The Electric Palace Cinema in Hastings and you know what ? It was really good. Place is a tad small ,’bout 45 seater, no stage but a big screen. We mansged to cram in Mick Boltons Piano, amp and PA system, thank you Mick !
Borrowedan extra mike & stand from Kenny, guitarist with local band ‘The Cohorts’ thank you too Kenny ! and Andy Gunton from Pierless music & Stinger magazine handled the role of compere & question master. Thank you Andy, you kept the whole show tight as a drum even when the guy started bitching that we were going to run overtime.
Place was almost full and the show went down really well, Mick sang an excellent version of Dudes and had a great Deep Purple story. Haven’t heard it ? Better make it to the next show.
My lady Christine set up the movie camera,no mean feat considering the lack of space , and just let it roll. We should be able to salvage a bunch of clips from the 2 hours of recording and I’ll get them posted.
Also big thanks to Mr. Morgan Fisher who sent us a copy of his ’74 home movie of the band frolicking in New York before the Uris gig with the Queen boys. Had a bunch of people comment on how good they thought it was ,especially the shots of down town New York.
It’s available thru’ Morg’s facebook site if you want to buy a copy. I’ll get the link.
So the first show without the band being on the road at the same time turned out really well, the next one’s going to be in a bit bigger place and we’ll keep on improving it.
Ok enough with the self congratulations. Once we’ve some film clips sorted out we’ll be looking for gigs and we’ll have some product to show. We’ll keep you posted. back to normal next week. Phil out.


Review from The Hastings Independent 18th July 2014

Philip John….Great Review in the Hastings Independent. Should give you an idea of what to expect if you want to catch one of our shows.