Chapter Arts Centre is a diverse arts venue in Cardiff, housing the city’s only arthouse cinema among lots of creatively-inclined activities that include live performance, international art, workshops for all ages, and a large social space where you can eat, drink, chat or work.

Man ordering at the bar in Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, with a woman serving him
Exterior of Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff with blue sky and white clouds behind
The interior of Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff with many people in the café area

The bar and café areas in Chapter Arts Centre, and the Chapter sign

Situated in Canton, Cardiff, Chapter – as the regulars call it - opened in 1971 in a disused high school that was built in 1905. The centre has undergone lots of changes and expanded its audience over time, today welcoming around 800,000 visitors each year. Following a major redevelopment, the building won a Royal Institute of British Architects award in 2010. Today a few of the building's highlights includes 60+ rooms, solar panels, a café bar that’s decorated with a regularly changing mural, and plush red seating in the cinemas - there's even a star-lit ceiling in the smaller of two screens.

Art work on wall and floor
group of people in printing class

Art work and class at Chapter Arts Centre 

Open 7 days a week from 8.30am until the bar closes, there’s a sweet pick and mix of activities on every day at Chapter. Regular events include comedy nights, film screenings - often with Q&As - book clubs, yoga, martial arts, dance classes, sew-cials, choir practice and acting workshops. You can enjoy meals and snacks from breakfast through to dinner in the café, as well as hot drinks or something from the bar.

meal on a plate
meal on a plate
burger and chips meal on a plate

Some of the meals at Chapter Arts Centre

Look out for Chapter’s festivals that range from Car Art Bootique’s annual eclectic selection of entertainment to celebrations of beer, comedy, literature or guitar. Conferences and lectures are often part of the programme of events too, and they offer lots of flexible spaces to hire if you fancy hosting something yourself.


A woman standing at the ticket office at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff

The ticket office in Chapter Arts Centre

Chapter also has a community garden, where volunteers are welcomed to water, weed, or help out with the bees with weekly drop-in sessions and regular events. The centre also works with local schools and groups that head there to get their hands dirty. Chapter Community Garden is made with love with the vision and inspiration of a dedicated set of volunteers, Canton Community Gardens


interior photo of busy area with people sat at tables
people sat at tables outdoors with trees in background

Chapter Arts Centre is a great place for people to meet up

Further information

Take a look at Chapter's What's On section of the website or pick up a brochure during your visit for more info.

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