Hailsham Pavilion – owned by Wealden District Council – has been given a top 10 rating in the 50 best cinemas in the UK and Ireland.

The George Street venue is rated fifth in the rankings by Time Out magazine, the renowned guide to the best art and entertainment, food and drink, attractions, hotels and things to do in the world’s greatest cities.

The review describes the Pavilion – where actor Ian McKellen filmed the Sherlock Holmes drama Mr Holmes – as a ‘beloved old-timer’ and ‘comfy 203-set main auditorium hosting new releases, autism-friendly screenings and event screenings – with £8 tickets’.

Hailsham Pavilion’s general manager Paul Nunney said, “We are all very proud to be included in the recent Time Out magazine listing. It’s given all of the staff and volunteers who work with us a real boost in these difficult times, and it really vindicates our whole approach to what we offer the community here at the Hailsham Pavilion.

“We’ve had some amazing feedback from our wonderful customers as well and that just makes everyone involved here burst with pride. Essentially, we can continue to have faith in our traditional, friendly, and inclusive model for exhibiting films that show off this most amazing building at its vintage best.”

Philip Lunn, Wealden District Council’s portfolio holder for community and public health said, “We are very proud of our relationship with Hailsham Pavilion and this is a fantastic endorsement of a great community asset – which has been owned by Wealden District Council since 1992 and leased to Hailsham Pavilion Limited, a registered charity.

“This is typical of the type of asset the council buys for the good of the community. It is important such assets are retained for the benefit of our residents and the community as a whole.

“For those who haven’t yet experienced a trip to the Old Pavilion, can I encourage them to make that trip and enjoy something that we are truly proud of.” The Hailsham Old Pavilion Society (HOPS) was established in 1993 and its volunteers continue to raise funds to pay for the upkeep of the Pavilion. More about their history and work can be found at: https://hailshampavilion.co.uk/hailsham-old-pavilion-society/