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At Picturedrome Cinemas we pride ourselves on giving our customers a unique environment to see films and events using state of the art technology. We provide an excellent, friendly service and ensure the experience is value for money.


It is the policy of Picturedrome Cinemas that the pricing of tickets is kept as low as possible to make it accessible for our patrons. In addition our food and drinks have been reasonably priced too.

Therefore, we ask that you do not bring food and drinks purchased from outside sources. If you do so we will ask you to leave it behind the counter until the end of the film.


Our alcohol sales are restricted to certain films depending on the certificate, content, and time of day. Ask our staff which of our current films you can enjoy an alcoholic drink in.


We appreciate that at some points the cinema is extremely busy. We have designed a queuing system to help ease congestion. We ask our customers to be patient and listen to the staff instructions. If you have booked your tickets in advance, please have your booking reference or QR code ready to enable us to find your booking as quickly as possible. If you have booked tickets, you will still need to join the queue to collect them.





The Plaza Cinema Dorchester opened in 1933 as a single screen cinema. It now boasts 4 screens of which two are capable of showing 3D films.


Screen 1 188 seats  (first floor)

Screen 2 60 seats    (first floor)

Screen 3 110 seats + 4 Wheelchair spaces (ground floor)

Screen 4 75 seats + 2 Wheelchair spaces  (ground floor)






Standard Seats - £3.50 Monday to Friday / £4.50 Saturday & Sunday 

Lounge Seats - £4.50 Monday to Friday / £5.50 Saturday & Sunday


We also charge a booking fee of 50p per ticket for tickets purchased online and over the phone



For 15 and 18 films we run a strict age restriction policy. You must be prepared to present ID if you look under 18 for a 15 film and 21 for a 18 film and alcohol sales. We accept passports, driving license and 'pass' logo card as ID. For 15 films we will also accept a birth certificate if presented with another form of Photo ID and will also accept a 6th form, college or university cards. Parental consent or accompaniment is not a valid form of identification. Alcohol sales are strictly for over 18's. The same ID policy as 18 films is enforced.

We also accept CitizenCard and ValidateUK cards, both of them part of the PASS scheme cards


If you have any questions then please ask at the box office.



We do operate an allocated seating system. We ask you to seat on your allocated seatings as otherwise you may be occupying someone else's seats. However, tickets are sold on a first come first serve basis. Whilst we may do our best to seat large groups together it is advisable to book in advance. 


We accept CEA cards. A valid card must be presented at the time of the booking or when collecting tickets. Carers Tickets can be purchased via the website but a valid CEA card must be presented when collecting your tickets. More information on the scheme can be found here

We do not operate other concessions on main films, although some concessions are available for Event Cinema and other alternative content. 


Under 2s will be admitted free of charge but a ticket must be issued and can be obtained from the box office of the cinema. 


We do recommend to book in advance for half terms and school holidays, as our screens tend to fill extremely fast. 



A limited supply of booster seats are available.

Doors for a show open around 15 minutes before the show depending on when the previous show finishes and the amount of cleaning required. Therefore we ask that, where possible, you take your rubbish with you at the end of the film.

Ask at our box office for more info on when a particular show opens.



The cinema will open the doors approximately 30 minutes before the first show of the day. 



If a show sells out completely in advance we will try to notify the customers via social media. On busy periods this may be impossible. We always recommend booking in advance. 


Why not purchase a Gift Card.

The minimum value is £3.50 and the card comes in a stylish gift card and envelope.

The ideal gift for those who like Cinema going.


Ask Cinema staff for more details.





At Picturedrome, we are committed to offering maximum accessibility and we strive to provide facilities that meet the requirements of all our customers.


We have access for wheelchairs to the Ground Floor Auditoriums. 

Screen 3 - 4 Wheelchair bays (F 0, E 0, C 0, B 0)

Screen 4 - 2 wheelchair bays (A 0, A 10) 

The Foyer is accessed via a door to the left hand side of the cinema when looking at the building face on.


Picturedrome Cinemas welcomes the use of The Cinema Exhibitors' Association Card.


This is a national card that can be used to verify that the holder is entitled to one free ticket for a person accompanying them to the cinema.


Terms and Conditions of use apply which can be seen on their website http://www.ceacard.co.uk


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