Special Guests  

The Electric Palace has welcomed a variety of special guests since its re-opening in 1981. Guests have included Her Majesty the Queen, Clive Owen, a group from The Cinema Theatre Association and many visitors from abroad who have a special interest in the history of cinema.


Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

On 25th November 2004 Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the historic port town of Harwich. The royal party were escorted around the cinema by Chris Strachan, Chairman of the Harwich Electric Palace Trust, and the Queen showed particular interest in meeting the staff and in seeing many aspects of the restoration.

Clive Owen
Clive Owen, the Patron of the Electric Palace Trust made his first official visit to the Electric Palace on 10th November 2006 to launch the Electric Palace Appeal.
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Terence Davies


Terence Davies returned to the cinema on 14th December 2009 to introduce his much acclaimed new documentary on Liverpool Of Time and The City.  The screening was very well attended and followed by another lively Q&A session.

Terence Davies, renowned British film director, was the guest of honour at the Electric Palace Sunday Special on November 25th 2007. His film The House of Mirth was screened followed by a lively Question and Answer session.

The Betjeman Society

The Betjeman Society visited the Electric Palace in 2002.

Sir John Betjemen was the Patron of the Electric Palace from 1975 until his death in 1984.

The Cinema Theatre Association

In May 1990 The Cinema Theatre Association  held their first Annual General Meeting to be held outside London at the Electric Palace in Harwich.

Corgis Visit the Palace

On 17th November 2006 before the screening of film THE QUEEN, starring Helen Mirren, there was a guest appearance of the four corgi stars of the film and their trainer and owner, Liz. 

Kenneth Cranham
Kenneth Cranham made a guest appearance at the cinema in 2003 when his film "Two Men Went to War" was screened.

Pupils from St Petersberg Academy, Russia

The students performed a Chechov play at the Electric Palace in 2003.

Tony Moss

Tony Moss was the founder and President of the Cinema Theatre Association. He visited the Electric Palace in 2001 and unveiled the Harwich Society wall plaque.

Simon Martin, cinema organist

On 28th December 2006 before the screening of the film CARRY ON NURSE, the audience were entertained by Simon Martin who played a musical compilation on the Electric Palace organ.

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