A place of pilgrimage for South London film fans, the PeckhamPlex has been a monument to great films for two decades. So it’s a bit rough and ready, but it’s warm and welcoming, full of charm and character and the locals love it. Peckham in a nutshell. The tickets are mind-blowingly cheap, starting at £3.99. PeckhamPlex mainly shows the latest big releases and sometimes slipping in a wildcard. You can’t go wrong.
PeckhamPlex, 95A Rye Ln, London +44 844 567 2742
Empire Leicester Square
Empire Leicester Square
This super central grand old girl is one of the oldest cinemas in London. Originally a theatre, it opened in 1884 and converted to a cinema in the 1940s. After a recent refurb, it now boasts a huge IMAX screen and a 400 seat Impact theatre. There are 9 screens in total showing mainstream releases. It’s not cheap due to the location, but if you’re after history and eye-popping screen quality, this is the place for you.
Empire Cinema, 5-6 Leicester Square, London +44 871 200 2000
BFI IMAx Exterior | Courtesy of BFI IMAX
Boasting London’s biggest cinema screen and a retina-busting 540 square metres, this stunning, round glass feat of architecture is handily located next to Waterloo station. This is the place to see a huge blockbuster with killer special effects, amazing soundtracks and stunning visuals as the size, volume and quality of the sound and screen are just about the highest around. You’ll leave with your head spinning and no doubt planning your next visit.
BFI Imax, 1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, Lambeth, London +44 330 333 7878
Cinema, Movie Theater
Anyone who knows Brixton knows this landmark film institution. The Ritzy was originally opened in 1911 and provides locals with a warm and friendly, indie-feeling cinema experience. The movie programme is a nice balance between indie films, Hollywood blockbusters, late night showings and the occasional old classic thrown in. There are two bars and a café where you can take in an array of club nights and the occasional stand up comic. A local legend.
The Ritzy, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton +44 871 902 5747
This little single screen cinema is certainly not the biggest around but it may well have a claim to be the friendliest. All the profits go to a South African charity and the place is mostly run by lovely volunteers who genuinely want to be there and give their time. They show everything from big blockbusters, to arthouse and foreign flicks, and they host regular special events like movie Q&As and classic movie seasons.
The Lexi, 194B Chamberlayne Rd, Kensal Green, London +44 20 3011 5523