Cinema was not initially envisaged at the Campus West Theatre, it was a late amendment and required the introduction a massive 31 feet white screen which is flown out when not needed.
Two 35mm Cinemecanica Victoria 4 projectors and a 16mm gauge Fumeo machine were installed by the British Film Institute chief engineer Mr Charles Beddow MBE which were upgraded in 2002 to Victoria 5 projectors.
Garden City Cinema as it was known, was one of the last to run films on 35mm projectors and digital projection arrived in the summer of 2012. The Hawthorne Theatre, became known as Screen 3, a Barco 19B 2K digital projector was installed. There still remains a working film projector in the projection room.
Hawthorne Theatre, as it was known, has seen stage appearances by Kenneth Williams and Nicholas Parsons, but is now home to our hugely popular professional pantomime and our unique ‘blue’ pantomime, strictly for adults only! The theatre is hired out to dance schools, local performance groups and has been used by Radio 4 to record in front of a live audience.