Experiences while watching movies can vary depending on where you watch the films, which is why its important to always have a cinema you can depend on for a good experience. Thankfully in London, there is a whole range of different, funky little cinemas all over, with a great mix of movies. Here is our list of some of London’s coolest cinemas:
Electric Cinema is over 100 years old and one of the oldest and coolest cinemas in London. It has 65 leather armchairs with footstools and side tables, along with three 2-seater sofas. There are also six double beds in the front row with cashmere blankets, (talk about a comfy experience!). The films shown vary from a mix of mainstream and art house films, while they also show classic hits alongside eargly-anticipated new releases. Snacks are of course available and you can even enjoy your film with a nice glass of wine.
Where: 191 Portobello Road, W11 2ED
Tube Stop: Ladbroke GroveCheck out Electric Cinema here
Everyman Selfridges is a really cool cinema in the fact that its the first ever in the world to be inside a department store. Everyman cinemas in general are known to be more on the funky side and this one does not disappoint. This 60-seat cinema with both comfy sofas and single chairs, has a pretty glamorous and retro bar to accompany it. The movies are normally new hits, but they do mix it up with good old classics, like 101 Dalmatians and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Taking into account that it is London and it is in Selfridges, ticket’s tend to be on the higher end, but worth it.
Where: Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB
Tube Stop: Bond StreetCheck out Everyman Selfridges here
This creative hub is in the heart of Shoreditch and is a charity and social enterprise that offers live music, dance, comedy, theatre and of course, film. This may not be the most comfortable cinema compared to the rest on the list, but what it lacks in comfort it makes up visually. The modern art on the wall alongside the colourful seating arrangmenet ensures a very bright and warm feel to the place, and given that it’s an arts centre, that comes as no surprise. Besides movies that are shown in this independent cinema, Rich Mix regularly hosts many film festivals that are worth checking out.
Where: 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA
Tube Stop: Shoreditch High Street (Overground)Check out Rich Mix here
This independent cinema, part of Picturehouse, is a very artsy movie theatre. Seats are very comfortable, with wide aisles and rows. The decor is really beautiful and gives you a old-galmarous feel – after all it is 100 years old! The lobby and toilets are a bit small, but can be excused as the cinema room itself is big and has paid very close attention to detail. They play foreign, alternative, classics, arts cinema, and occasionally a few mainstream movies. Definitely one of the coolest cinemas in London.
Where: 87 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JZ
Tube Stop: Notting Hill GateCheck out Gate Cinema here
THE SCREEN ON GREEN
Another cinema from the Everyman group, Screen on the Green is a cool cinema in London and is a single screen cinema facing Islington Green. Opened in 1913, this is one of the oldest cinemas in London and its façade outlined in red neon is what makes it distinctive from the rest. Comfortable seating and a retro ambience combined with a great selection of movies, make this theatre one you have to visit.
Where: 83 Upper Street, N1 0NP
Tube Stop: AngelCheck out Screen on the Green here
Take a step back in time as you step into this great old independent cinema. This cinema has mostly remained untouched, so naturally it has that retro feel to it. Your always guaranteed a great selection of movies, friendly staff, and an overall enjoyable atmosphere and movie experience. Oh and did we mention the comfortable reclining seats?
Where: 52 High Road, N2 9PJ
Tube Stop: East FinchleyCheck out the Phoenix here
And last but not least, this cute little cinema in Kensal Rise. The chairs are really comfortable and this single-screen cinema has got an excellent sound system. The decor is lovely and the stand out has to be the colour changing lights hanging in the centre that makes this quirky cinema so pretty. They play a range of everything from blockbusters to arthouse to classics. Whats the best thing about the Lexi? Every last penny of profits going to a charity in South Africa (as its run mostly by local volunteers).
Where: 194b Chamberlayne Road, NW10 3JU
Tube Stop: Kensal GreenCheck out the Lexi Cinema here
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