Did you know that London is the third busiest film production center in the world, after Los Angeles and New York!
London has some great and historic Cinemas. Here are my favourites:
Rio Cinema in Hackney
107 Kingsland High Street, E8
A great local cinema that originally opened in 1915 as the Kingsland Empire, designed by architects Percy C. Adams & George Coles of the architectural firm Adams & Coles, in a Neo-Classical style.The Rio Cinema is a Grade II Listed building.
Read more here.
17 Queenberry Place SW7 T:South Kensington
Located in the Institut Francais, the Ciné lumière largely shows a variety of new and recent French and other foreign language films, whilst Sunday afternoons are reserved for “French classics”. The large auditorium provides a comfortable film viewing experience, and tickets are very reasonably priced in comparison to some of the large chains. Read more here.
Gate Picturehouse (Picture below)
87 Notting Hill Gate, W11
Tube: Notting Hill Gate
The Cinema has a lot of Edwardian plaster-work on the ceiling and walls and is very comfortable, with all seating on a single floor. The exterior and tiny foyer is now of little merit having been rebuilt in the 1950’s after the original decorative facade and entrance was badly damaged by bombing during World War II.
Read more here.
You will see the Statue pictured below of Charlie Chaplin on a side street to the right of the Empire Casino in Leicester Square. It used to be on the Square itself.
The Odeon Leicester Square (east side) is the largest single-screen cinema in the UK and still has an operating Compton 5/17 + Melotone organ installed in 1937. The Organ console is lit from within by coloured lightning. See link above for concerts.
The Lexi Cinema
194B Chamerlayne Road, Kensal Rise, NW10
The UK’s first social enterprise independent boutique digital cinema – that ticks quite a few boxes, doesn’t it? We donate 100% of our profits to charity and are staffed predominantly by passionate local volunteers. We like to think we’re improving the quality of life for everyone in our little corner of northwest London and at the same time making a difference to the quality of life for a very different community on the other side of the world.
The Swedenborg Society Cinema
Bloomsbury Way, WC1 T:Holborn
The Swedenborg Film Season is an annual showcase of cinematic work, relevant to the thought of Emanuel Swedenborg. Film screenings take place in grade-II-listed Swedenborg Hall, creating a uniquely atmospheric experience. Admission is free. Read more here.
The Museum is available most days for visits by guided tour but it is essential that these are booked in advance by phone or email as volunteer guides need to be arranged. Please contact us (020 7840 2200 firstname.lastname@example.org) in advance to arrange a time to suit you. At the moment it is only possible to view the Museum collection with a guided tour.
The Cinema Museum is located in Kennington, close to the Elephant and Castle.
Address: The Master’s House, 2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road), London SE11 4TH
Gala Bingo Club
50 Mitcham Road, Tooting SW17
Formerly the Granada Tooting cinema in the borough of Wandsworth. Now used as a Bingo Club. This is a Grade I building well worth a visit. (The Rolling Stones and the Beatles have performed here).
London Fields, Arch 376, 10 Helmsley Place E 8
Hackney´s newest collaborative space - a one-stop cultural hub set in an enigmatic railway arch and intimate courtyard under the rumble of the old "Great Eastern Jazz Line.
Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, SW2
The main auditorium retains magnificent Edwardian plasterwork with swagged ceiling ribs and paneled walls, as well as the original proscenium arch. Opened in 1911 and is a Grade II Listed building.
Read more here.
London Film Walks and Tours
Did you know that London is the third busiest production center in the world, after Los Angeles and New York!
A 2 hour guided walking tour through the heart of the capital.
Want to hear more about Harry, Ron, Hermione and the gang on a magical Harry Potter tour? If so, be sure to join us for a walk to learn more about the locations which inspired J.K. Rowling’s magical world of Harry Potter.
Take a Harry Potter 2 hour walking tour into the magical world of wizardry in London. ping for children.
A 2 hour walking tour of locations and real inspirations for the book and screen adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
A 3 hour walk with Sandra Shevey.
You will find lots of other film tours at Britmovietours
103 Notting Hill Gate, W11
The Coronet will close for a period of time to allow the venue to receive some much needed renovation, and will re-open to cinema and theatre audiences in Autumn 2014. This means completely restoring this beautiful historic building, which started life in 1898 as a Victorian theatre and which has seen performances from legendary artists like Ellen Terry and Sarah Bernhardt.
52 High Road, East Finchley N2
The Phoenix Cinema is an independent single screen community cinema in East Finchley, London, England. It was built in 1910 and opened in 1912 as the East Finchley Picturedrome. It is one of the oldest continuously-running cinemas in the UK and shows mainly art-house films.