Sitting next to the train station in Woodbridge you will find The Riverside Theatre, appropriately named given its proximity to the River Deben a stone's throw beyond. The purpose built cinema was built in 1915 and was opened in the September of that year under the name of The Electric Palace. The cinema was renamed The Woodbridge Cinema after the end of the First World War, before its name was again changed in 1984 by new owners of the cinema to The Riverside Theatre.
The Riverside shows a variety of films - from blockbusters to art house and independent films as well. Screenings of theatre from the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre are regular features on the programme, as are broadcasts from the Royal Opera House and more. You can join the Woodbridge Film Society and come along to The Riverside which hosts films for the club on the first Monday of every month. The club aims to showcase alternative, art and foreign films cinema goers may not usually get the chance to see. For more details about membership, please see their website.
The Riverside Theatre is not just a cinema - The Company of Four theatre group have performed theatre and pantomime at The Riverside for years, bringing a charm and diversity to the entertainment shown at the cinema. There is also a ice cream parlour just outside the entrance to the cinema where you can tuck into a delicious ice cream or treat yourself to a tea, coffee or soft drink. Open during the summer, indulge yourself at the parlour whether you’re seeing a film or not! Next door to the cinema is also the Riverside Restaurant where you can enjoy lunch and dinner with a sensational menu to choose from. Fish & Flicks is also a great way to combine a meal out with a trip to the cinema, available Monday to Thursday.
There are plans for the cinema to expand and install a second screen. The hope is to construct a smaller, 50 seat auditorium which would be used for screenings of live event broadcasts such as performances from National Theatre and the Royal Opera House. There is also the potential for the second screen to be hired for business presentations and special occasions.
A popular destination in the heart of the Woodbridge community , The Riverside is one of Suffolk’s oldest cinemas and offers an enjoyable and atmospheric experience whichever screening you go to see.