Photography by Annabel Elston
The Rebel Cinema
The Rebel hides up a lane, in a village, next to a field. It might be the last place on earth you’d expect to find a cinema, but it’ll warm your soul once you’re inside, laden with popcorn, gazing up at the big screen. The Rebel is a breath of cinematic fresh air in a world of multiplex banality. It began life in 1988 as the poetic dream of projectionist Mervyn Collard who built it when the local flicks closed, leaving the people of Bude 30 miles from the nearest picturehouse. It has just been refurbished with deluxe retro upholstery and enough legroom to seat a giraffe.