Everybody loves going to the movies and London boasts a great selection of independent cinemas offering the latest blockbusters.
With most back in operation, they need your support more than ever, so allow us to show you five of the very best indie cinemas that are ready to transport you and offer a unique viewing experience along the way.
The Prince Charles Cinema
Holding the honour of being the last independent cinema running in the West End, The Prince Charles Cinema has been entertaining movie goers since the 1960’s, and remains a firm favourite amongst the city’s film fans. It is not hard to see why. With a program that features new releases, cult classics, movies from across the globe, as well as many themed movie nights and marathons, the PCC is the place to indulge in your favourite movie niches. The amount of films on offer is simply staggering, with many seasons on the go, from James Bond to Studio Ghibli, to the movies of David Lynch and so much more. It is also famous for being the go-to place in the UK to experience Tommy Wiseau’s infamous ‘worst movie of all time’ The Room. A crown jewel of London’s indie cinema scene.
📍 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BY 📞 +44 207 494 3654 / Website>
Right in the heart of Whitechapel, the venue for the Genesis Cinema has been keeping East-Londoners entertained for over a hundred years, before becoming a cinema in 1999. It keeps the spirit of good times and entertainment alive with its luxurious viewing options. You can experience a movie in its large main screen, or you can go for something a little more personal with their Studio Screening rooms, offering you a comforting armchair and footrest, so you can kick back and enjoy the movie in style. You can even enjoy a cocktail or two, along with some delicious food from the on-site kitchen. The Genesis Cinema offers a program of both recent and classic movies, but has also been known to host poetry nights and exclusive events, keeping the party spirit of this beloved East End location more than alive.
📍 93-95 Mile End Road, E1 4UJ 📞 +44 207 780 2000 / Website>
Just look at that ticket price! All tickets at the Peckhamplex cost just £4.99 for any film at any time, any day of the week. It is an affordable means of seeing the latest blockbusters on screen, and its joyful appreciation of the movie-going experience is infectious. It is the definition of cheap and cheerful when it comes to indie cinemas in London. It may not be the swankiest, but that doesn’t matter. It is a cinema that loves bringing people together to enjoy the experience of the movies. A location that many of those in the local area hold very dear to their hearts. Don’t just take our word for it, the location has won a Time Out Love London award three times, thanks to their combination of offering big screen entertainment along with community focused events.
📍 95A Rye Lane, SE15 4ST 📞 0844 567 2742 / Website>
The Electric Cinema is the cinema for those looking for an extra indulgent experience. We’re not joking, there’s even a choice to book a double bed as your seat for your chosen movie (which is handy if you don’t like the film, you can just have a little snooze instead!). The Portobello location also just so happens to be one of the oldest running cinemas in the country, so not only can you put your feet up and enjoy your favourite glass of wine with a movie, you will also be sitting in a place rich with cinematic history. A plush and gorgeous experience that treats film fans like Hollywood celebs.
📍 191 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2ED 📞 +44 20 7908 9696 / Website>
The Rio Cinema is a non-profit cinema located in the heart of Dalston, and is another London venue with a very rich history that dates back over 100 years. With gorgeous art deco stylings, the Rio offers cinemagoers a unique venue to take in blockbusters, arthouse flicks and classic titles. While there may only be two screens, the Rio creates a sense of community through a well selected program, as well as offers for film fans of all ages. It is a venue that celebrates its history, and the legacy that it has had as a long-standing piece of the community.
📍 107 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB 📞 +44 20 7241 9410 / Website>