Become a Friend of the Electric Palace

Join our Friends of the Cinema scheme for £10 per month. As a friend of the cinema, you have the following perks:

  • A free house drink at every screening you attend
  • Seat reservation
  • An annual Friends of the Cinema Champagne Party
  • An annual prize draw for a free venue hire for you and your loved ones.
  • An Electric Palace tote bag
  • Want to gift a membership to a friend? Contact us to find out how.

Join now, and we'll provide you with your Friends of the Cinema Card and your tote bag!

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You can donate to the Electric Palace via the QR code above, or heading to our People's Fundraising page.

Any support you can offer us will help to keep the Electric Palace thriving and enable us to continue put on an eclectic roster of films and events for the Hastings community. Thank you.

History of The Electric Palace

Founded in 2002

We began in 2002 with an empty white room, a pot of red paint, basic equipment, rather uncomfortable chairs and the tireless help and enthusiasm of friends, family and volunteers. Eighteen years later our facilities include a top quality Film Council-funded projector, professional lighting and sound, a small but perfectly formed licensed bar and  air conditioning.

Most striking when you enter the cinema are our iconic 1930s golden velvet seats thanks entirely to our volunteers and our loyal audience after a bustling memorabilia sale and seat sponsorship scheme. 

We asked our regulars, volunteers, friends and supporters of the cinema to share their treasured memories of their experiences at the Electric Palace over the years. Take a look (view in full screen or download from SlideShare):


We are a not for profit 'Community Interest Company.' Our running costs rely on ticket sales and bar profits. Whilst five part-time staff do the work of programming, managing and marketing, a team of 30 dedicated volunteers host our events. The volunteers look after the audience and take an active part in bringing new events, new expertise and ideas to the cinema. 

This way of operating honed over 20 years is vitally important because it enables a valuable seam of communication between our volunteers and audiences. We encourage a good chat after the films so you can share your likes and dislikes! This supports our ability to deliver an exciting range of films and events. 

A rich and varied programme

Many people mention one of the things they love about the Electric Palace is our programming. As well as drawing from suggestions from our volunteers and audience, we attend film events and conduct research to achieve a broad spectrum of films and events that will delight, entertain and challenge our audience. Our pick of independent, art house, world cinema, classic and local filmmakers' films, work alongside a programme of live music, comedy, theatre and club events. 

Our intimate venue is perfect for friendly, upfront Q&As and live introductions, offering fascinating insight into films and filmmakers - look out for our 'Cinema Plus' strand of events.

In 2016 we even won an award for 'Best Programming of the Year' at the Cinema For All Film Society of the Year Awards.

Hastings' film and cultural scene

We are particularly proud that for more than 20 years The Electric Palace Cinema has played a huge role in providing a platform not only for filmmakers in Hastings to screen their work and gain audience feedback, but also for political and social debate around a wide range of issues from climate change to women's rights, using films and documentaries as starting points.

The cinema plugs into Hastings' annual cultural and community calendar. We are a venue that takes part in Coastal Currents Arts Festival, Jack in The Green celebrations, Old Town Week and Fat Tuesday events, plus many more. We are always pleased to join in local initiatives.

These are some projects we have collaborated with, nurtured and produced over the years:

Ongoing projects

Past Projects

  • Shot by the Sea Festival of Film and Moving Image 2001-2009
  • Hidden Connections archive film project about Hastings Lido and the seafront
  • Rural Screenings: Taking film screenings to rural villages and community centres throughout East Sussex and Rother.
  • Open-air screenings in Hastings' Alexandra Park in collaboration with Eat@ Café
  • Starlight Screenings: open air film festival with a live lasers at Herstmonceaux Castle
  • Host of The 24hr Film Challenge
  • Hidden Hearts postcard fundraiser for the cinema
  • Saturday morning pictures: kids screenings and workshops
  • Shoot & Edit: training and equipment hire
  • Projection Space: a quarterly night for filmmakers to show new work and work in progress
  • WW1 season curated by our weekly Silver Screenings host Paul Sargent

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