The Poly

24 Church St, Falmouth : 01326 319461
The Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society

What's On Calendar

Have a look at the calendar text here to see what's coming up.

The Venue

Situated in the heart of Falmouth's lively community, The Poly is a vibrant, multi-purpose art centre and community hub with an 180 capacity theatre, a variety of exhibition and meeting spaces, a shop featuring the best in local art and design and a fully licensed bar.

Whether your passion is for film, theatre, music, comedy, dance, contemporary art, local history or science, you will find it all here.

Our opening hours are:

Monday - Open from 7am for evening screenings.
Tuesday - Saturday - Open from 10am to 7pm plus most evenings depending on performances.
Sunday - Closed.

Tickets can be booked at any time online here


Our ground floor gallery, The Spring Gallery, is the place to come to see work by a wide range of contemporary artists and craftspeople. Exhibitions change every week, so there’s always something new to see. The second floor is home to our Main Gallery, our largest exhibition space which also has a small bar area which makes it very attractive for all sorts of events.

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The Bar

Our cosy bar is situated on the First Floor. Why not come and enjoy a pre-show or interval drink, we serve a range of wines, beers and spirits, including Prosecco and you can even take your drinks into the show with you. Tea (including herbal and fruit teas) and coffee are also available along with a small number of snacks and ice-cream.

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Our 180-seat theatre is equipped with state-of-the-art digital cinema projection and it’s the perfect place to enjoy a film, or see one of our touring theatre companies in comfort. We programme a wide range of independent, art-house and foreign films and we don’t show adverts or sell popcorn, so you can relax and enjoy your evening without annoying distractions!

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The Chellew Room

The Chellew Room is at the back of the building near the rear entrance on New Street. It houses much of the research material for the Falmouth History Archive and it is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10.00am to 12 noon for enquiries about Falmouth’s past.

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The Oliver Price Library

Located next to the bar on the first floor is the Oliver Price library named after a very influential Chairperson who had a large part in the sale of the town Museum in 1950, and the creation of our own Maritime Museum

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We are an Own Art Member Gallery

Spread the cost of buying contemporary art and craft today with an interest free loan.

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Falmouth History Archive // Fashion and Fancy in Regency England

An opportunity to explore Regency clothing and society with period costume historian and seamstress, Nichola Butland of...

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John Howard Print Studio

The John Howard Print Studios provide a unique and exciting working environment for anyone interested in the expressive...

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T: 01326 319461


The Poly, 24 Church Street, Falmouth, TR11 3EG

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© The Poly - The Poly is the trading name of the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society Limited, a company limited by guarantee and incorporated in England and Wales with company registration number 03909555 and registered charity number 1081199, with its registered office at 24 Church Street, Falmouth TR11 3EG