Explore London's best kept secrets and cinematic wonders.
Regent Street Cinema, Marylebone
Regarded as the ‘birthplace of British cinema’, Regent Street Cinema opened back in 1948, and featured the first motion picture film shown in the UK. In 2015, the University of Westminster successfully completed a campaign to restore and reopen the historic cinema. The auditorium is now an open space for screenings, lectures, events and workshops. Regent Street Cinema continues to screen a variety of classic movies, with a mix of blockbusters, international films and arty independent films. The cosy cinema contains only 187 seats, so ensure you book in advance. Tickets £12, based on a standard adult ticket.
Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley
With its unmissable sign, Phoenix Cinema located in East Finchley, is an independent and single screen community cinema. Previously known as, East Finchley Picturedrome, the cinema was built in 1910 and opened two years later. Phoenix Cinema holds the title of the oldest, continuously opened cinema in London. Currently run by a charitable trust, Phoenix Cinema still retains some of its history and charm, with the unusual vaulted ceiling dating back to its original infrastructure. This cinema also screens a variety of mainstream and independent films, with up-and-coming actors and directors often previewing their work. Tickets £8.50.
Ritzy Cinema, Brixton
Fighting years of threats of demolishment, the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton has had substantial restoration work to become of one the UKs largest independent specialist cinemas. Boasting five screens, two bars and a large café, Ritzy Cinema is a must visit. The grade ll listed building, proves
to be one of Brixton’s most popular spots. Renovation in 2009 restored the building to its original décor, whilst adding an upstairs venue which plays host to several comedy nights and live music. Only a short walk from the tube station, Ritzy Cinema remains one of South London’s oldest picture-houses. Tickets £13.70.
Rio Cinema, Dalston
Rio Cinema located in the trendy East End, stands out for its original art deco décor and interior. Situated on Kingsland High Street, the cinema gained notoriety, being named one of London’s best cinemas by The Daily Telegraph, and best cinema bars by The Evening Standard. After successfully raising £125,000 in 2017 to restore the cinemas original art deco exterior and build a new cinema screen, which opened on December 28 2017, Rio Cinema usually screens one mainstream film a week, in addition to several arthouse and independent films. The cinema also works with several partners, such as the East End Film Festival, The London Feminist Film Festival and the Fringe! Gay Film Festival. Tickets £11.50.
Everyman Cinema, Hampstead
A chain of boutique cinemas, the Everyman Hampstead Cinema has two screens with luxury arm chairs and sofas, ensuring you can watch your chosen films whilst enjoying the comfort and cosiness of home. You can also enjoy the private screening room, which seats just under 20 people for that special occasion. Everyman Cinema screens a variety of mainstream, blockbusters and niche independent or international art films, to guarantee there is a film for everyman. Tickets 16.90.