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Cinemas, theatres, shows, gigs, jazz and folk music for the Colchester St James area. Use these brilliant websites to find out what films, plays, concerts, gigs and shows are on in the Colchester St James area and around Essex. You can read the reviews and see maps of the locations.
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Cinemas around Colchester


Head St, Colchester CO1 1NH, UK – 0333 014 4501

I can't put in 6 stars, which is a shame. New town, new cinema, first weekend my kids visited. Didn't have high hopes. Towards the end of the day, so the little one was getting fractious. We queued for Rogue One buckets and meal deals, couldn't see something the little one would drink (I swear his blood type is Semi-Skimmed) he threw a wobbly, and the lovely man behind the counter, Kyle, came to the rescue. He found some milk, helped calm my son, everyone went into the cinema relieved. It doesn't take much, but it means loads when you're a single dad with cranky, excited kids. Great cinema with lovely, helpful staff. UPDATE: Went to see Avengers: Infinity War and had a great time. Gabriel sorted out the dazzling array of snacks, and really helpful when my friend had lost his hat. Superb customer service!

The price for this place is a bit steep for the service you get. I would recommend this if you have a deal or if it is a big film. I would suggest a smaller cinematic location in clacton where the price is more appropriate for the quality of service you will be getting.

Curzon Colchester

Roman House, 19 Queen St, Colchester CO1 2PH, UK – 0333 321 0104

I'd been looking forward to the Curzon opening in Colchester for so long. I visited last week and it didn't disappoint! So much more pleasant than the Odeon in town, and a great partner for Firstsite next door. Generous legroom, excellent sound and the 4k projection was brilliant. Drinks and food menu looks good too. I'll be regular here now.

Amazing cinema- best seats, luxury and pampered atmosphere with fantastic projection and top quality sound! A real top cinema quality!

Theatres for Colchester

Lakeside Theatre

University of Essex Colchester Campus, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ, UK – 01206 873261

Being new to the area, I was delighted to find the Riverside theatre and what beautiful grounds it is set in too. I saw Zero live performance of two powerful erotic people - a very strong beautiful black guy and equally beautiful sensual lovely fair skinned female with red hair. Their bodies were continually entwining together with the most incredible powerful music taking me to a lovely calm, peaceful and lovely place. I could have watched again! The coffee shop afterwards is so relaxed and welcoming too. My second visit to the lovely theatre was to see the National Theatre Live modern filmed version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth - intro was excellent but when the act started, I soon realised I was totally out of my depth - couldn’t understand a word. I even fell asleep and sadly had to leave after part 1. My friend was also Happy to go but we did discuss on our journey home. Let this not put anyone off. I believe in honesty in all areas of my life. I was never taught about Shakespeare. I’m not giving up - another performance, another time I hope I may just begin to understand the incredible man! Looking forward to returning to the Riverside. With love Lynda x

The Lakeside coffee shop provides the nicest cafe area on campus and people know it so finding a seat especially early in the morning is hard work but worth it. The staff are lovely and always accommodating. The Lakeside Theatre itself has a massive selection of plays on including National Theatre Live, touring shows and plays put on by Essex students and the Theatre Arts Society all of which are a joy to watch.

Mercury Theatre

Colchester CO1 1PT, UK – 01206 573948

Saw Prince tribute ..Mark Anthony and it was brilliant. Great performance and a very enjoyable evening. Bit rsque and a few of the audience offended but if you know Prince you should of expected it...wouldn't be tribute to him if a clean show!! 😁

Great theatre, good location close to car parks and restaurants. I would not recommend the restaurant attached to the theatre. The food was not good, the fact that only 2 tables where occupied is indicative of local opinion. I'd definitely visit again, and eat elsewhere.

Headgate Theatre

14 Chapel St N, Colchester CO2 7AT, UK – 01206 366000

A gem of a small theatre. The performance is superb too. The wall is covered with photos of past performance. Very nostalgic and intimate theatrical sentiment.

Saw Dean Friedman in concert and it was great. The ambience was good, the acoustics brilliant and an audience full of fans. Hope they get more bookings like Dean

Let the BBC give you some ideas for events around Essex.

UK Gig Guide - search for music events and gigs of all kinds near Colchester, or in Essex, or across the UK. Currently it has a large panel of adverts across the top of the site but preserver down the page and you will usually find what you need. You can also find various kinds of bands for weddings, etc.