The Noverre Cinema returns to The Assembly House

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The Noverre Cinema returns to The Assembly House

On Friday 21st April the ballroom of The Assembly House will be once again become the Noverre Cinema and will hold a public screening for the first time in over twenty years.

The Assembly House Trust is teaming up with Cinema City Education to revive one of Norwich’s long-lost cinemas for one-night-only.

The much-missed cinema is returning as part of a year of activities celebrating the heritage of one of Norwich’s most beloved public buildings. The event will be accompanied by a special exhibition charting the history of The Assembly House.

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The title of the film and ticket details are still to be announced but we are keen to collect memories of the cinema for as part of the event.

What are your memories of the Noverre Cinema?

Get in touch by emailing or tweeting @AHHeritage

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About The Noverre Cinema

For more than 40 years, the Noverre served as a popular city cinema which screened a diverse range of films including non-commercial and arthouse releases.

Located in a former ballroom at the Assembly House in Norwich, the cinema took its name from the Noverre family who taught classical dance there during the 18th Century.

Prior to the Noverre’s opening, the Assembly House underwent extensive restoration work between 1948 and 1950 for a cost of £70,000. When it re-opened in November 1950 the building was complete with music rooms, a banquet room and exhibition room, in addition to the arts cinema.

A raked floor was installed which accommodated 272 seats. The cinema was well equipped with two 35mm projectors, two 16mm projectors and modern sound installation.

The Noverre is fondly remembered for its Saturday morning kids’ club, seating with plenty of leg room, showing no adverts before films and for not selling ice creams or popcorn. The most popular film it screened was Cabaret, which was shown on 11 different occasions.

The Norfolk & Norwich Film Theatre began showing films at the Noverre in 1966 before moving into their permanent venue, Cinema City on St Andrews Street, in 1978. The NNFT screened a variety of, sometimes controversial, foreign and arthouse pictures that were otherwise unavailable to view in Norfolk.

The Noverre closed its doors on 23 December 1992.


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I ❤ Norwich Exhibition


Our new exhibition is now open and looking fantastic!


Supported by The Assembly House Trust, this exhibition features a collection of unique artwork by three local artists.


The exhibition is a combination of linocut prints by David Jones, Screen prints by Leanda Jaine Hughes and paper collage by Soodle Street.


The exhibition is a great opportunity to celebrate the architecture of our city as well as supporting three local artists.

I ❤ Norwich is open at The Assembly House until Saturday 8th April.

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I ❤ Norwich

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A new exhibition at The Assembly House

Friday 20th January to Saturday 8th April

The Assembly House is celebrating the heritage and architecture of our fine city with a new exhibition.

This vibrant collection of artwork features a range of original prints and collages by three local artists.

The show features new work by Leanda Jaine Hughes, David Jones and Soodle Street.

I Norwich is open every day from 10am to 6pm at The Assembly House.


This exhibition is supported by The Assembly House Trust

Leanda Jaine Hughes

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Leanda Jaine is a Norwich based Illustrator who has recently graduated from NUA (Norwich University of the Arts) with a first class honours degree in Illustration. Inspired by the Norfolk and Norwich area, Leanda uses screen-printing, linocuts, etching and embossing to create her distinctive and original artwork.

Soodle Street

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A collection of handmade recycled paper illustrations, inspired by architecture, culture and place.  A collage series of dwellings from around the world, created to explore design, history and diversity.

Soodle Street aims to reinvent the everyday; collecting forgotten and unwanted papers and reviving them into new and unexpected visual designs.

David Jones


David is a Norwich-based printmaker with a reputation for capturing the beauty of our fine city:

“Evidence of the past is all around us if we look closely enough. Modern streets follow old tracks and many of today’s buildings stand on lines fixed hundreds if not thousands of years ago. I am particularly interested in architecture, though many of my prints are about people. They may well depict contemporary life but in fact they are still concerned with history since I am recording what will in time become history.”

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The Pasture and The Plough

On Sunday 11th December, The Assembly House Trust, working in partnership with Cinema City Education, proudly presented The Pasture and The Plough, an evening of live music and archive film.

The event featured a selection of archive films of rural Norfolk and Suffolk from the East Anglian Film Archive, brought to life by an original live musical soundtrack from composer Alex Carson and members of Wooden Arms.


Our Daily Bread (1938)– Made on location near Hemsby, Norfolk just before the war. Engineer and amateur film enthusiast Alex Bax filmed his family in scenes of the harvest, threshing and milling as his summer ‘production’ of ‘Our Daily Bread’.

A Celebration of Midsummer (1966)– Produced for the BBC, this film features pastoral scenes of village life, from midsummer bonfires to wheat stooked in the fields and cows grazing.
The Story of a Norfolk Farm (1930s)- The day to day life on a busy Norfolk farm in the 1930s is shown in this instructional film, detailing all the processes that keep the farm running throughout the year.

The Herncrake Witch (1913)– An excerpt from a silent supernatural short film by Heron Films. Sir Blondel visits a local school with his son, insisting that Jackeydawra, granddaughter of the ‘Herncrake Woman’, should be allowed to attend, much to the dismay of the girls in the classroom. Running to the woods, Jackeydawra encounters her grandmother, a witch, sparking a fantastical chain of events…


The event was proudly supported by The Assembly House Trust, in partnership with Cinema City Education.

The evening was a great success with an enthusiastic audience treated to a rousing performance from Alex Carson and Wooden Arms, giving a new perspective on the heritage of the county.

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Welcome to the new Assembly House Trust Website

We’re really excited to welcome you to the new website for The Assembly House Trust.

This website will act as a home for the varied work of The Trust, from supporting local community organisations to commissioning new artworks and events to benefit the fine city of Norwich.

Head over to our About section to discover more information regarding the charity and its work.

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