|In August 2014, we held our breath as we approached Highclare Castle, home of the famed BBC Downton Abbey TV series. No interior photos were allowed.|
Fascinating Fact of the Day About Wadebridge:“Wadebridge is a popular town in north Cornwall, very well situated for visitors intending to walk the Camel Trail. The most notable historical building in Wadebridge is not actually a building, its the remarkable Old Bridge built by Reverend Thomas Lovibond in 1460. The bridge stretches 320 feet across the Camel, with a grand total of 17 arches supporting it.”
|The poster for the movie.|
With numerous trailers shown online and promoted throughout England, we thought it would be befitting for us to go to the movies to see yesterday’s first release of the classic movie TV show, Downton Abbey.
|The Towne Centre in Wakebridge.|
While living in many countries throughout the world, we’ll find a movie that was made locally and make a point of downloading and watching it, including those with subtitles.
|Captured on a walk on the boulevard.|
Primarily, our objective is to see authentic scenes of places we may like to visit while there or to get a greater understanding of history and culture. Many well-made movies seem capable of accomplishing this to some degree.
|The 89-year-old Regal Cinema in downtown Wakebridgde.|
Having watched all 52 episodes of Downton Abbey over six seasons, all of which were since we began traveling the world. An episode would air and a few days later we could download it, saving it to our hard drive and watching it at our convenience, always in the evenings after dinner, as a special treat.
|The cost for one adult ticket GBP 7.30, US $9.13, about the same price or slightly less than in the US from what we recall.|
The series was so inspiring in 2014 we booked a tour to the filming location for the series, the Highclere Castle, which is shown today as our main photo, which we’d taken on that special day. Click here to see our post from August 21, 2014.
|The concession stand. There wasn’t anything I could order, as usual.|
When we’d heard so much about the movie being released we thought it would be a treat to see it on its opening day while in England on Friday, September 13, 2019. (The release in the US and other countries is on September 20, 2019, one week later).
|Tom purchased a bottle of soda and popcorn as shown below.|
We searched online to see if there was a movie theatre in this part of Cornwall where we could see the movie. The Regal Theatre in Wadebridge, a 30-minute drive which was the most convenient location.
The 89-year-old movie theatre was a site to see in itself with a bit of its history as follows:
The Regal situated at the end of The Platt in Wadebridge Cornwall was built by the Pope family of Padstow and opened its doors for the first time in January 1931. Several local owners operated the cinema under its initial name of the “Cinedrome.”
|Our view of the screen from our good seats.|
|Tom had to order his popcorn in a bag. The only freshly popped corn they had was “sweet popcorn” which he doesn’t like. The only unsweetened popcorn offered is in a bag as shown.|
|When we left the theatre, we walked past a creek with ducks.|
|This a white-crested seedeater. For more photos, please click here.|