CENTRAL

ICA Cinema, The Mall, SW1   Part of the iconic Art centre first set up  in Dover Street, Mayfair  in 1947 dedicated to the Modern .  (Just off Trafalgar Square)

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Prince Charles, Soho  ( cheapest in central London!)

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Regent Street Cinema, W1

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NFT ( National Film theatre at BFI) South Bank: the big Mama – world renowned ( hosts major world festivals too)  beloved of the good Hollywood directors and actors)

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Roxy, London Bridge

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EAST

CLOSE UP, Hoxton  fab –  unique ; Massive DVD hire service & intimate cinema evenings.

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Electric, Shoreditch: Clone to Portobello Rd (up-market , posh seats and less people; private hire as per)

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Genesis, Mile End

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Rich Mix, Hoxton: Arts centre including  Cinema

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 Troxy, Limehouse  Music shows and occasional films

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Rio, Dalston, Hackney:  A London gemGrade 2 listed, fab Art Deco design is well  maintained ( lovely carpeting). Fiercly independent, loyal following . Small themed festivals with social bias as well as mainstream films . Specialist single showing classics at the week-end. Knowledgeable dedicated management.  

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NORTH

Lexi,  Kensal Green, NW10, quaint, unique  in a tiny venue. A real community project with participation events.

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Art HouseN4

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Phoenix, East Finchley: Legendry,  old school ( real shabby chic- 30’s style)

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Screen on the Green, Upper Street ,Islington Green: Now part of the Everyman a chain but happily kept the vintage  old facade, as you see. In 2010, unfortunately  tarted up for the posh folks with less than half its original capacity  with luxury armchairs and foot-rests. Licensed bar

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SOUTH EAST

Sands Films, Rotherhithe: free showings – donations appreciated . A real community resource ; political bias + music events . Plus fantastic archive of many things theatrical with a professional costume hire and repair service. Imaginative, labyrinthine  windy corridors and delightfully decorated loos.

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Peckhamplex, Peckham / Nunhead: another fab and very cheap (£4.99 every day and evening) community cinema. 6 screens   

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SOUTH WEST

Olympic Studios, Barnes SW13  Was , in  the past a TV studio and theatre. Amazing history as a Rock’n Roll  recording studio (Beatles and the Rolling stones recorded some of their best albums here)  

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Ritzy, Brixton: Now  sucked up by the Picturehouse chain. My ex- boyfriend took me there years ago to see a porn film (their staple then). It didn’t last

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WEST

Cine Lumiere , in the French Institute, South Kensington

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Electric Portobello, Portobello Rd,  W11: Was a lovely fleapit ; now up-market , expensive with great big  seats for the silly rich sods ; private hire as per.

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