Arts and Entertainment

Blog. Bridport Arts. Entertainment. Bridport offers an exceptional range and depth of interesting plays, musicals and other arts and entertainment events. This is available through three particularly exciting organisations and venues.

Bridport Arts Centre

Bridport Arts Centre was originally a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel and School House, built in 1838. The site was bought in May 1973 by the Bridport and District Arts Society, for use as a rehearsal and meeting space for their events. It is also used for staging professional and community productions. Bridport Arts Centre is a multi-arts venue presenting a year-round programme of visual arts, theatre, dance, comedy, music, spoken word, and films.

Bridport Musical Theatre Company

Bridport Musical Theatre Company is a non-profit organisation which was founded in 2007. Their first show ‘The Boyfriend’ was performed in September 2008 at ‘The Bridport Arts Centre’. The Company has since gone on to perform numerous successful productions.

The Electric Palace

In 1926 a local brewing family, J C & R H Palmer, took the courageous and enterprising step to build an opera house in Bridport.  It was a new venture in every way. Particularly because it was powered by electricity, a rare commodity for many people at the time.The Palace enabled local residents to experience the glamour cinema, opera and other shows.  Named The New Electric Palace, it opened in June 1926 to a packed audience of over 500 people. It has been at the heart of the community ever since.

The building retains many of its original features in the Art Deco style. These include hanging lamps in the foyer and auditorium, plush red velvet tipping seats and moulded swags. Also, torch lights enhance the sweep of the balcony. Its design centrepiece is the collection of stunning murals.

The Electric Palace has been operating almost continuously since 1926. It has recently undergone extensive renovations, retaining and enhancing the original features. Structural integrity of the building has been improved and the cinema technology, stage equipment and other facilities have been updated. It is still owned by a local family, and the building continues to provide first-class films and live entertainment.