The Mowlem Theatre, Cinema & Function Rooms

📍 Shore Road, Swanage BH19 1DD

The Mowlem is Swanage’s cinema and theatre complex, located in the heart of town and situated right on the seafront.

As well as showing a year-round selection of films and NT Live screenings, there’s a regular programme of live theatre, music and comedy acts from both local and national performers.

The Mowlem’s Showbar is open before performances and during intervals, as well as during the day for coffee and cake. The Showbar & Taproom is also a popular venue in its own right, showcasing a wide range of up and coming musical talent and hosting regular entertainment evenings, such as a monthly quiz.

The building is also home to function rooms, which are available for hire and on the ground floor you’ll find the box office, The Cellar Bar, Fortes café & gelateria and beach shop, Shoreside.

Box Office

Book tickets online or in person at The Mowlem’s Box Office.

It’s located in the foyer of the theatre and has a well-stocked sweet kiosk and fresh popcorn to purchase.

  • Daytime hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 11am – 1.30pm
  • Evenings with a performance or movie: From 6.45pm
  • Box office phone number: 0333 666 3366 (9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday, fees apply)


  • General enquiries: 01929 422239 (11am – 1.30pm, Monday – Saturday)
  • Email:

Find out more on The Mowlem’s website:

Events at The Mowlem

Jack and the Beanstalk - Pantomime from Swanage Drama Company
Jack & the Beanstalk by Swanage Drama Company

Fri 10 Jan 2025 - Sat 18 Jan 2025

The Big Christmas Assembly (at The Mowlem)
The Big Christmas Assembly James B Partridge

Sat 14 Dec 2024
19.30 - 21.30

Ranger School of Dance Presents: Showtime (at The Mowlem)
Showtime - Ranger School of Dance flyer

Wed 24 Jul 2024 - Sat 27 Jul 2024

Swing n' Sinatra (at The Mowlem)
Five Star Swing's Swing n Sinatra poster

Fri 21 Jun 2024

Wild Water (at The Mowlem)
Wildwater film - Paper Vision Films

Thu 20 Jun 2024

Swanage Drama Company Presents: Cash on Delivery
Cash on Delivery - Swanage Drama Company

Thu 13 Jun 2024 - Sat 15 Jun 2024

Bleeding Love (at The Mowlem)
Bleeding Love movie poster

Fri 7 Jun 2024 - Wed 12 Jun 2024

The Mowlem Open Day
The Mowlem Theatre Swanage

Sat 1 Jun 2024

IF (at The Mowlem)
IF movie poster

Fri 31 May 2024 - Thu 6 Jun 2024

Balkan & Yiddish Dance Workshop (at The Mowlem)
The Mowlem Theatre & Cinema

Sat 25 May 2024
16.00 - 18.00

She'Koyokh (at The Mowlem)
The Mowlem Theatre Swanage

Sat 25 May 2024

Butterfly Tale (at The Mowlem)
Butterfly Tale movie poster

Sat 25 May 2024 - Thu 30 May 2024

Seize Them! (at The Mowlem)
Seize Them! Movie poster

Fri 24 May 2024 - Thu 30 May 2024

Abundance Art Exhibition (at The Mowlem)
The Mowlem Theatre Swanage

Fri 24 May 2024 - Tue 16 Jul 2024

The Fall Guy (at The Mowlem)
The Fall Guy - Universal Pictures

Fri 17 May 2024 - Thu 23 May 2024

Purbeck Flower Club Annual Open Demonstration
Purbeck Flower Club annual flower demonstration flyer

Thu 16 May 2024

Back to Black (at The Mowlem)
Back to Black movie poster

Fri 10 May 2024 - Thu 16 May 2024

The Zone of Interest (at The Mowlem)
The Zone of Interest movie poster

Mon 6 May 2024 - Thu 9 May 2024

Rich Hall: Shot from Cannons (at The Mowlem)
Rich Hall, Shot From Cannons poster

Sat 4 May 2024

Bob Marley: One Love (at The Mowlem)
Bob Marley One Love - Paramount Pictures

Fri 3 May 2024

Wicked Little Letters (at The Mowlem)
Wicked Little Letters poster - StudiocanalUK

Sat 27 Apr 2024 - Thu 2 May 2024

The History of Rock at The Mowlem
The History of Rock Celebrates Led Zeppelin poster

Fri 26 Apr 2024

NT Live: Nye (at The Mowlem)
NT Live Nye poster

Tue 23 Apr 2024

All of Us Strangers (at The Mowlem)
All of Us Strangers poster - Searchlight

Mon 22 Apr 2024 - Thu 25 Apr 2024

Simon Evans: Have We Met? (at The Mowlem)
Simon Evans Have We Met? poster

Sat 20 Apr 2024

The Hound of The Baskervilles - A Radio play live on stage at The Mowlem
The Hound of the Baskervilles radio play poster

Fri 19 Apr 2024

American Fiction (at The Mowlem)
American Fiction - Orion Pictures/Amazon MGM

Fri 12 Apr 2024 - Thu 18 Apr 2024

Allsort'd Presents: Midsummer Madness (at The Mowlem)
Midsummer Madness Allsort'd & the Signalong Choir poster

Wed 10 Apr 2024

Dune: Part Two at The Mowlem
Dune: Part Two - Warner Bros

Fri 5 Apr 2024 - Thu 11 Apr 2024

Clare Baskerville: 'Gathering In' Exhibition (at The Mowlem)
Clare Baskerville Gathering In Mowlem poster

Fri 5 Apr 2024 - Fri 17 May 2024

Kung Fu Panda 4 at The Mowlem
Kung Fu Panda 4 movie poster

Fri 29 Mar 2024 - Sat 13 Apr 2024