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.

Venue Hire

Right in the heart of Falmouth, our beautiful building commands a great position on the town’s busy main street.  The main auditorium, library and bar can be hired for performances, rehearsal space, film showings, talks, meetings and private or corporate events and our two galleries are available for hire by artists and craftspeople.

Our selection of spaces are ideal for performance hire, film screenings, art exhibitions, lectures and talks, rehearsals, comedy, cabaret and any other inventive ways you’d like to use the space! We have already hosted a wide variety of events including wedding receptions, children's parties, pop-up restaurants and yoga classes.  


Our two galleries are open to the public from 10am – 7pm, Tuesday to Saturday and 5pm to 7pm on Monday, we are closed on Sundays.  Set up is normally on Monday with private views either on Monday or Tuesday evening.  Our Guild and Galleries Manager, Jane Smith, will be happy to help with any enquiries regarding availability, cost and commission call her on 01326 319461 or email

Spring Gallery

The Spring Gallery is on the ground floor of The Poly with a large window frontage facing onto the main street.  The gallery is approximately 80m x 36m with a large door opening onto the main reception area opposite the Box Office and Poly Guild both of which bring many people into The Poly throughout the week.

Main Gallery 

This is the largest Gallery in The Poly on the top floor, it can be hired as a whole or sub-divided to create a smaller space. 

There are five large windowsills, which can be used with/out plinths for a variety of work. The gallery also houses moveable display units that can be moved into a formation to suit your exhibition.

The Gallery is accessible from both ends of the building though disabled access is severally limited.

Full details of our gallery spaces are included in our Gallery Guide 2018, downloadable here.

Room/Space Hire

We have four spaces for hire in the building.

Main Auditorium 

Our main auditorium has 180 raked seats with two wheelchair spaces it is mainly used as a cinema and theatre with a full sound and lighting rig and backstage dressing rooms. It is hired out on a case by case basis, with costs dependent on the use of equipment and additional technical support. 

Main Gallery 

On the top floor of the building the Main Gallery is a very flexible space with its own bar and access to a small kitchen. Hire charges include the support of one member of staff, extra to be charged for technical support.  


The bar is on the first floor adjacent to the Oliver Price library.  It can either be used as a bar or a meeting space with the alcohol locked away to comply with licensing regulations.

Oliver Price Library

The library is our newest available space.  It houses part of the Poly's collection of books and journals as well as being a light airy space for meetings, talks or small film showings.  

Please contact Nicholas or Judith on 01326 319461, or email for further information and to discuss your requirements.

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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