We hold regular screenings where we keep the lights on low for visibility to move around, the sound is a bit lower than usual, there are no adverts or trailers, and most importantly of all, where everyone attending expects there may be some added input from infants or other restless or jiggly cinema patrons. Anyone is welcome to choose one of these screenings. Head upstairs to the balcony if you are not accompanied by an infant. Under 24 months free. To find out what is on, and help us select films, join our Keswick Alhambra Parents & Babies FB Group.


The Alhambra hosts the Keswick Film Club every Sunday from September to March, screening the best of British and World cinema. Films are typically shown at 5pm. Film Club members get discounted tickets,  but you don't have to be a member, everyone is welcome. The Film Club runs the Keswick Film Festival, which takes place in Feb/March each year.


See our history page for a full history of our cinema, including photos and films - built in 1913, the Keswick Alhambra is one of very few UK picture houses that has been in continuous operation for over 100 years.


The Alhambra is home to the MINT Chinese Film Festival established in 2023 as an annual film festival held in Keswick around Chinese New Year, with pop-up events across the world throughout the year.


Many of our friends and supporters have kindly made donations to help us restore and maintain our beautiful building, and there's always something being worked on to keep the fabric of the building sound. If you'd like to contribute we would be grateful to hear from you. Contact us on if you are interested in making a donation - you might like to join the list of supporters who've helped us over the years and whose names are celebrated inside the cinema.


The financial impact of coronavirus precautions on our business (including three lockdown-mandated closures from 17 March to 23 July 2020, 5 Nov to 2 Dec 2020 and 31 Dec 2020 to 17 May 2021) has been partly offset by many avenues of local and national government assistance. In addition to small business grant schemes, the job retention scheme and the government-backed bounce-back loan, we have also benefited from the British Film Institute Film Audience Network Covid-19 Resilience Fund, awarding funds from the National Lottery, and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinema, also administered by the British Film Institute. Many thanks to both the UK Cinema Association and the BFI, who provided invaluable help and support during the crisis.