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Royal Cinema

Royal Square, St Ives, Cornwall, UK, TR26 2ND
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St Ives’ cinema is the Royal Cinema, a proper traditional-looking movie theatre. It has three screens and shows a mixture of the latest releases and recorded events from international theatre, dance and opera companies. It’s run by the Merlin Group, whose cinemas are often found in small seaside towns.

If the St Ives film programme doesn’t fit in with your schedule, it’s a short drive across to the Penzance Merlin cinema, the Savoy. Or, nip up the A30 to the Regal in Redruth, Merlin’s flagship cinema. It’s been recently-renovated and now boasts outrageously comfy seats, bar service, and private boxes for hire. All three cinemas are close to car parks – but if you’re staying in St Ives itself, what could be nicer than that evening stroll home from the cinema?


  • 3 screens
  • Snacks & drinks



  • Standard admission £5 (£6 during school holidays)
  • Movie Magic cardholders £3*
  • Children/Senior citizen (14s and under/over 60s) £4 (£5 during school holidays)
  • Children/Senior citizen with a Movie Magic Cards (at all times) £2,50
  • Mini Merlins (include junior popcorn & a drink for £2 extra) £1.99

*except during school holidays



Disabled access

The Royal Cinema is situated on the first and second floor of the building.

Wheelchair Access – The Royal Cinema in St Ives has wheelchair spaces in Screens 2 and 3. Screen 2 has plenty of wheelchair spaces and screen 3 requires the wheelchair user to transfer into a cinema seat. Access to the building is still only possible via stairs although the side entrance only has a few stairs. Screen 1 is not accessible to wheelchairs.

Wheelchair/carer spaces cannot currently be booked online, so please contact the cinema’s box office during normal opening hours to enquire about seat reservations and/or other accessible facilities on 01736 796843.

Disabled Toilets – Disabled toilets are not available, however the main toilets are accessed on the ground floor.

Infrared Hearing Aid/Induction Loop – The infrared hearing aid/induction loop is not available in any auditoriums at present.

Infrared Audio Description – Infrared audio description is available in Screen 1 only at present.

Merlin Cinemas participate with the CEA card which is a national concessionary card developed by the UKCA for UK cinemas. This allows people with disabilities to obtain one free ticket for a person accompanying them to the cinema. The aim of the CEA Card is to provide a consistent voluntary approach to the provision of complimentary tickets for people with disabilities. To find out more at the CEA Card website click here. CEA Cards are accepted for all films apart from Event Cinema and Live Theatre Performances.


The Royal Cinema is situated at the bottom of The Stennack in Royal Square, opposite the Coop. The Malakoff bus station and St Ives railway station are a few minutes walk from the cinema if you go down Tregenna Hill and turn left at the Nat West bank. Most buses stop in Royal Square or at the bus station. There is a large car park two minutes walk from the cinema, up the Stennack, the car park entrance is next to a launderette and the St Ives Health Centre.

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