Picture palace gets permanent Chichester home

The Roundhill Picture Palace heads for Chichester. PPP-140728-085814006
The Roundhill Picture Palace heads for Chichester. PPP-140728-085814006

A TOTALLY unique cinema-going experience officially landed in Chichester this week.

The Roundhill Picture Palace has been outside the New Park Cinema recently and is now set to become a permanent fixture.

It is now available to hire at its new home in New Park Road, Chichester.

Co-creator Louise Adams is a freelance photographer for the Observer, and since 2010 has also been building shepherd huts along with her artist brother Paul.

Together the pair converted an old 1950s thresher machine axle and wheels into what is now a fully-functioning, Victorian-themed picture palace.

Louise got the idea from watching a programme about a vintage mobile cinema from the 1960s that had been lovingly restored.

Sharing her enthusiasm, Paul was up at 4am every morning creating paintings in the style of the French Impressionists which adorn the ceiling.

The seats came from an old cinema in Dorset and art deco lights, reclaimed doors and cupboards and stained glass windows were added for effect.

And the result is a beautiful little cinema which has 13 seats and is one of the smallest travelling picture houses in the world.

Now in its new home, it is available for hire for a range of events where people can show their own films. For more details visit www.roundhillshepherdhuts.co.uk.