Cinemas in London

Here, we will compile a list of all cinemas that usually show classic or cult films in London. The list is work in progress and we will add to it as we go along.

Prince Charles Cinema
7 Leicester Place London WC2H 7BY
020 7494 3654
An old 'Grindhouse' cinema showing a wide range of classic and some new films. Many double and triple-bills. Lots of cult, schlock and horror films are running here too and they do have regular classic film seasons. They also offer a membership scheme.

BFI Southbank London
Southbank, London
A lovely and quite big cinema showing lots of old films, foreign films and British classics. Many of which are accompanied by Q&A with the directors, cast or producers. Many of the more popular old films tend to sell out very quickly. They are also very flexible when it comes to screening times and you can be sure that you will catch the film you want to see eventually, with shows being scheduled for middday, evening or afternoons.

Odeon Panton Street
11-18 Panton Street, London, SW1 4DP - 0871 224 4007
Out of all the Odeon cinemas in London, this one tends to screen the occasional American classic (Some like it hot etc.) and it is a very clean and friendly cinema with a good location, although the pricing is a bit steep but it's all for a good cause is it not ?

The Roundhouse Camden
Roundhouse
Chalk Farm Road
London NW1 8EH

The Roundhouse has a lot to offer, not only film but art exhibition, concerts etc. They tend to screen cult classics here and then (Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Lost Boys).

Riverside Studios
Riverside Studios
Crisp Road
Hammersmith
London W6 9RL

It might be a bit off the beaten path (in the gorgeous area of Hammersmith, London) but if you are ever planning a daytrip to get out of London, make sure to check the film program of this little gem. It usually screens more artistic and sophisticated classics (The Purple Rose of Cairo etc.) but the cinema is beautiful and so is the area.

The Jewish Museum London
Jewish Museum Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert
The history of Jewish culture in London and film is very tightly knit together, and the Jewish Film museum frequently screens films related to the subject as well as hosting exhibitions about Jewish entertainment history in London

Retro
50 Bosworth Road, Westbourne Park, London, W10 5EG, London (map)
A small and quirky place showing cult films that are not that old but good nonetheless (The Nightmare before Christmas, This is Spinal Tap etc.)


Everyman Cinema (Various Locations)

The Everyman cinema chain tends to have retro screenings now and then of classic films. They rarely venture further back than the 70ies but nevertheless, the films are good !

ICA (Institute for Contemporary Arts)
institute of Contemporary Arts
12 Carlton House Terrace
London
SW1Y 5AH
A slightly high brow cinema with a superb program for mainly intellectual and foreign film classics. They usually show the most recently restored film treasures. You can pretty much trust their programmers blindly, although some films are quite arthouse and unlike what you might be used from Hollywood in general.

Curzon Cinema
All over London

The Curzon cinema chain is very elegant and classy cinema chain showing mostly new films and arthouse productions. They will usually run the foreign hits and hidden gems you always heard about but never managed to see. They screen the occasional classic film, but mostly the famous ones.

The Picturehouse Chain
The Picturehouse Chain operates cinemas in little pockets in London, Greenwich, Brixton, the recently opened new one in Hackney and more. They usually have one or two old films in repertoire each month but most of the time cross over with the BFI seasons and releases. It is still good to keep an eye on their schedule now and then.

Grant Museum of Zoology
Rockefeller Building
University College London
21 University Street
London WC1E 6DE
It might seem like an odd choice for the cinema but this museum has got one of the most interesting schedules and programs thanks to a very dedicated little team. They tend to show old monster movies like King Kong, the Blob etc. but also vintage documentaries that are an absolute must-see. The Grant museum is the perfect example for what you can find in London when you care to look.


To be continued

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Can we hire a cinema ? November 30, 2011 5:23 PM former member
What films are we going to see ? December 3, 2011 11:48 PM former member
Cinemas in London December 5, 2011 1:13 AM former member
How does this work ? December 3, 2011 11:51 PM former member
About Classic & Cult Film London November 30, 2011 6:22 PM former member

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