Our Top 5 London Cinemas

Posted: Nov 21 2014

As one of the leading teaching agencies in London, SANZA firmly believes that everyone moving to the UK in search of teaching jobs should make the most of what its Capital has to offer in terms of entertainment. After a busy day of teaching children, what could be a better way of unwinding than watching a movie?  In London, filmgoers are spoilt for choice when it comes to silver screens venues.  There are over 100 cinemas and more than 560 screens in London – and the variety of films that are shown is exceptionally diverse. Your cinema choice ranges from huge multiplexes showing Hollywood blockbusters to small independent operators like the Ritzy that cater for the art-house crowd. There really is something for everyone.

While the choice is huge, we thought we would put together a list of the coolest cinemas that offer something a bit special, either in terms of the atmosphere, location, architecture or quirkiness. The environment in which you view a film can make a big difference to your enjoyment and a smaller cinema gives a sense of occasion that a multiplex sometimes lacks.

Without further ado, here is our list of top 5 cinemas, ranging from the atmospheric to the quirky and everything in between.

  • The Electric in Portobello Road W11

This is one of the oldest cinemas in the country and one of the classiest. The Cinema's film programme comprises a mix of current releases, re-runs, and classic and cult films.

  • Prince Charles Cinema off Leicester Square WC2

We recommend it because this independent cinema located in the heart of the West End offers cut-price tickets for screenings. A major refurbishment has recently been completed and a second screen added. From cult festivals to the latest box office hits, the Prince Charles Cinema is the heart of independent film.

  • The IMAX 3D at the Science Museum in Exhibition Road SW7

Watching a film in this setting is truly awesome. Not only are the films shown in 3D but the surroundings add to the atmosphere. The difference between the IMAX experience and watching a film at a conventional cinema is the feeling that you are part of the action. The only downside is that 3D glasses have to be worn.

  • The Curzon in Shaftesbury Avenue W1

This is a centrally located cinema with three screens and a bar with free wi-fi.  One of the most popular attractions in London, this cinema screens a broad range of art-house films. If you are lucky you may find the director of the evenings film attending and answering questions from the audience.

  • The Ritzy in Coldharbour Lane SW2

The Ritzy in Brixton is the UK's largest independent specialist cinema. It shows a mix of art-house, mainstream and world movies on its five screens. Built in 1910, the Ritzy retains its unique proscenium arch, as well as a few stray cherubs, making it one of the most complete examples of London's early cinemas.

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Source:  http://www.timeout.com/london/film/the-essential-guide-to-filmgoing-in-london