Sunday, October 20, 2013

Your Favourite Independent Cinemas

I asked Twitter what their favourite independent cinemas were and why. Here are the results. Please add your comments and favourites too, either on this blog or via twitter - @debsa


The DanceHouse in Manchester. Lots of horror films. Not really a cinema though. The corner house is though. Lots of old films.

Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff. They put on foreign/indie films, used to do a thing called "Bad Film Club", where they put on an awful film, then two comedians are there to make fun of it, etc.

The Lexi. Lovely. Relaxed atmosphere, nice staff & ethos. 

Curzon Soho. Relaxed, clean, decent bar, good choice of food stuffs. Oh, and great movie selection.

Also love Screen on the Green in Islington for the huge comfy seats, fab bar and drinks/food table service.

Prince Charles Cinema - great specials, interesting choices, cheap membership.

The Ritzy, Brixton. Consistently rewarding mix of blockbusters, indies, documentaries, classics etc. Great atmosphere. Good coffee. Located on an exciting corner of an exciting part of town. Housed in a beautiful building with icons of film history on its walls.

The Dominion in Edinburgh is lovely. Sofas to cuddle up on, kid/baby friendly afternoons & waitress service for booze.

Three really good ones. Duke of York in Brighton, Kinema in Woodhall Spa; Showroom Cinema here in Sheffield. Showroom is superb. Bar, great choice of independent/foreign film plus some mainstream, seasons, NT Live, comfy, cake.

Everyman Winchester. Such a wonderful ambience. Art in foyer, sophisticated consumables, bar, exposed bricks, comfy seats. Heaven.

Dominion Cinema Edinburgh. Couches, recliners, booze, fabulous seat service, lovely staff, family friendly but great for date too.

Broadway in Nottingham,it’s always a treat to watch a film there plus they always show a lot of classics.

I have a deep hatred of multiplexes so lovely pretty much any indie. Also the pop-up ones like Rooftop Cinema. London faves: Rich Mix (for programme), Prince Charles (for the love) and Curzon Soho.

The Scala Ilkeston, just a bizarre building in a town centre which has more or less only got pubs

The Tyneside, Newcastle. Sofas to sit on, serves wine with film, good film club / quiz nights and has nice place for food.

Bognor Picturedrome, it's a proper picture palace!

@PlymArtsCentre great ambience, fab movie theatre & the food is outstanding......

Queens film theatre Belfast

I love Electric Birmingham #independentcinema the sofa seats, text waiter service, & great choice of classic; latest films makes me happy. You can also hire out @ElectricBham to show a film, or to host an event -brilliant. People even get married there! #independentcinema

The Phoenix in Leicester. Friendly environment, less commercial and desperate to sell a shed load of popcorn. Much better film offer

The Tyneside cinema. Independent films, and wine. Mostly the wine. it’s just nice. Comedy nights and a nice comfy seat.

This one: Its my local cinema. It has a bar, and you can book sofas. Ritzy Belper
My favourite is the Curzon in Clevedon, because

Duke of York, Brighton. The variety, atmosphere, the difference.

Clapham Picturehouse, all the big films plus indie standouts, NT live, opera & ballet seasons. Special shows with 'meet the director'. Plus with membership they reward you with money off at the bar and local restaurants. It's just a lovely experience.

Everyman Cinema, Belsize Park, NW3. Smaller screen,waiter service, sofas,food/drink.

The Prince Charles - @ThePCCLondon are constantly impressing me with their programme. If I was closer I think I'd live in one of their seats.

Cinema City Norwich. @CinemaCityNrw Friendly, cozy; shows great films. Also in a wonderful Mediaeval building.

Harbour Lights Southampton, what a view !

Stockport Plaza - an art deco wonder. 

Lighthouse Cinema Dublin, intimate funky cosy armchared Swedish inspired

Picturehouse, Henley-on-Thames. Serves alcohol, comfy seats, no chavvy kids. Also does a baby screening called a screaming!

Everyman at Maida Vale.

Watershed in Bristol. Variety of films w/world cinema. Attached to bar too so food & drink. Vibrant. Also Chapter Arts in Cardiff.

Warwick Arts Centre cinema - civilised company, range of intelligent & interesting films, no popcorn.

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