Royston Picture Palace is currently closed in the light of the developing Covid-19 crisis. Please watch this space for more information.


In the light of the government's advice that people should avoid all social contact in view of Covid-19, we have taken the difficult and sad but necessary decision to close Royston Picture Palace with immediate effect. We do not want to endanger the health of our staff, volunteers or customers or speed the spread of the disease in our area.

Many of you have kindly expressed a wish to 'donate your ticket' and thus do not require a refund. If you would like to do this, please let us know via email  [email protected] with your details and ticket booking reference.

We will be processing all ticket refunds as soon as possible but we appreciate your patience while we do this. It’s a very manual process and one that we want to get right. Our aim is to complete your refund by the date of your intended screening.

If you paid for your ticket by credit/debit card, the refund will be returned to that card. If you paid with cash at the Town Hall, please email  [email protected] with your name, ticket number and where you purchased your ticket. If you would like payment via BACS, please provide your bank details in the email. If you do not have access to emails, please leave a message on our telephone line 01799 500238. 

At the moment, all screenings are cancelled until 1st May but we will continue to monitor the situation and will endeavour to keep you updated.  

Here are 10 of our favourite films to watch online or on TV from Tuesday 31st March 2020
(Rebecca del Tufo, Programming Manager)

Sita Sings the Blues – I discovered this thanks to director Carol Morley (The Falling, Out of Blue) [@_CarolMorley] and her Friday night film club. It’s a gem – a glorious animated film about the Indian epic Ramayana tale, layered with a contemporary relationship, using many different types of animation and music. This would be lovely to share with children (8+) or just enjoy as adults.  

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – Catch this duo of fun sequels on iplayer for the coming week – all parents need a break and the voice cast are great and Noah Baumbach co-wrote Madagascar 3 which leads us to … 

Marriage Story – With one of the smartest scripts around, Noah Baumbach’s film charts the process of divorce for Charlie (Adam Driver) and Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) with humour and raw emotion. [Netflix] 

The General – I’ve just discovered which has a host of silent and classic films. This Buster Keaton silent film is brilliant – and fun to share with all ages, whoever is quarantining with you. Happy memories of our screenings, with Gail Ford on the piano.  

Suffragette – We will be talking about Sarah Gavron soon when we manage to screen her wonderful Rocks this year, but in the meantime enjoy her powerful film about the suffragette movement, starring Carey Mulligan (who will be gracing our screen soon in Promising Young Woman), Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep. [More 4/All4]

Blindspotting – This California-set drama manages to be by turns funny, tense and political as two friends in urban California wrestle daily life, relationships and racial politics. “What could have been laboured and polemical is deftly handled, defused with comedy and powered by a pulsating score.” Wendy Ide, The Observer. [Netflix] 

Tomboy – You will hear us talking about director Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) and we loved this gentle coming-of-age tale when we screened it in 2011, as it tackles friendship and a youngsters exploration of gender with the lightest of touches. [Amazon Prime] 

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – If you enjoyed A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood earlier this year, you will enjoy this documentary about Fred Rogers and his beloved children’s TV show in the US. [Netflix] 

My Neighbour Totoro – While we are on neighbours, if you haven’t already, now is the time to start your journey into the magical world of Studio Ghibli. Share this adorable animated tale with your children, but it is also magical to watch at any age. Once you are hooked, you will be searching out other similar gems (which will occur in future lists, we assure you!) [Netflix] 

On Tuesday evening there is a double bill on Sony Classics of two of the acclaimed Woodfall films, which transformed British cinema in the 1960s, with Albert Finney in Saturday Night, Sunday Morning at 7.10pm followed by Tony Richardson’s version of Shelagh Delaney’s play A Taste of Honey at 9pm.