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In accordance with the current Government Coronovirus guidelines, it is with regret, we have to announce that all screenings at The Old Waterworks and The Palace Theatre have been cancelled until further notice.  

White Bus Wednesday Archive Screenings

at The Old Waterworks

We are delighted to present Archive Screenings every Wednesday in our Cinema at The Old Waterworks (a former Victorian water works building formerly known as the TAP Gallery) in North Road, Southend - opposite the former Nelson pub.

These evenings are centred around our huge collection of 16mm and 35mm film. This includes hundreds of documentaries, cartoons and short films as well as over 260 feature films. Every Wednesday we screen a selection of films from the Archive, starting at 7pm with an hour or so of documentaries and short films, followed by a feature film. Most of the material is British, with the features ranging in age from the 1930s to the 1990s. All this and admission is free, although we don't discourage a £2 donation towards our running costs (these are fun, social events entirely staffed by volunteers who love 'real' film!). Tea, coffee and biscuits are available for a nominal amount during the interval.

We don't usually announce the feature film titles in advance, as many of our patrons enjoy the 'Secret Cinema' approach. However, if you'd like to know what's playing, please let David Simpson (at know and you can be added to our weekly group e-mail. David can also be contacted on 01702 464733 or 07981 824283.