Newlyn Filmhouse. Art house cinema and restaurant.

Cool and comfortable art house cinema in the far west of Cornwall. Bliss!


One thing I was concerned about when planning our move back home to Cornwall was where and when I’d get to see the strange or left field films that fire me with inspiration.

I knew though that I wasn’t going to be without for too long, as the Newlyn Filmhouse project was well underway before I moved back into Archavon. Converting Turner’s fish warehouse into a cinema was ambitious, and so many of us are delighted that the new owners had the depth of pocket needed to do an excellent job.

Like most big undertakings it took longer than planned, but it is so worth the wait.

Today you can visit just to have great Monmouth coffee and cake, a light lunch or full dinner at the excellent cafe. Everything is sourced from within 30 minutes of Newlyn, and the fish comes straight from the market there. Or better still combine these with a film or live simulcast performance.

The great cafe at Newlyn Filmhouse.

The great cafe at Newlyn Filmhouse.

Last week we saw the Nutcracker, broadcast live from Covent Garden and it was an all round superb experience.

It helps that the cinema is kept at a decent temperature, and better still – it has super comfortable seats (maybe too comfortable if your chosen film is dragging a bit!).

Park in the Tolcarne car park and wander up the road.

Newlyn has a good offering for locals and visitors now. There is the excellent Tolcarne Restaurant, the Meadery (I haven’t tried it in decades), the pizza place, and in the summer there’s the sea food tapas at Mackerel Sky. For the best views though you need to go to the Newlyn Art Gallery cafe. The art may be challenging, but the view is wonderful whatever the weather.