An Update on Ashford Picturehouse | News

It's curtain up on a new era at Ashford, as the Ashford Picturehouse at Elwick Place comes under new ownership later in 2024.

The Picturehouse Team

06 Feb 24

By Easter 2024, the Ashford Picturehouse at Elwick Place will come under new management.

Local cinema lovers, fear not. Picturehouse Cinemas will hand the six-screen cinema and restaurant to Ashford Borough Council, who will continue to give audiences in Ashford access to a great range of films and events. The council aims to continue the entertainment offer in the town centre, alongside the popular range of eating, drinking and leisure venues at Elwick Place. All staff will remain employed at the venue, and we wish the wonderful Ashford team all the best in this new step.

We don't yet have an exact date for the handover, and at the moment, it's business as usual for cinemagoers - over the next few weeks, planned screenings will go ahead as normal.

Ashford Picturehouse Members will be contacted in the coming days, as will ticketholders for events later in the year.

"It's been a pleasure to serve our customers in Ashford, and we want to thank the audiences who have visited the Picturehouse over the years. We've taken the hard decision to leave Elwick Place but know the cinema is in safe hands with Ashford Borough Council. We're excited to see how they'll grow the venue and continue to show films at this beautiful state-of-the-art cinema in the coming years."
Clare Binns, Managing Director of Picturehouse Cinemas

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the handover be happening?
We don't yet know the exact date that Ashford will pass over to its new management, but anticipate that the change will take place before Easter. This page will be updated and customers will be informed as soon as we know more.

What will happen to my Membership?
Picturehouse Members with Ashford as their preferred cinema can expect to hear from us in the coming week with information and options regarding their Membership. 

I have a ticket to a film at Ashford, will that screening still go ahead?
Picturehouse tickets will still be valid whilst the Ashford Picturehouse is operating. Screenings planned for the next few weeks will run as normal, and no new shows will be scheduled for the time following the change in ownership. 
If you have already booked a ticket for something later in the year, like Screen Arts, you will be contacted directly by our Customer Care team.

This information will be updated progressively as the transition takes place.