+44 (0)871 902 5739
The Ritzy is the one of the UK’s largest independent cinemas with five screens, two bars and a cafe. It was built in 1911 as a grand picture palace. Today it shows a mix of independent films, classics, blockbusters and late night screenings. There’s also a live venue called Upstairs for alternative live music and comedy.
38 Curzon St
+44 (0)330 500 1331
This cinema shows independent films, international cinema, documentaries and often holds Q&A sessions with directors. The elegant building was designed in 1957 and is Grade II listed, an example of the Modern European style. There are two screens and a bar. The main screen is in a luxurious room with a pair of royal boxes.
PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA
7 Leicester Place
+44 (0)20 7494 3654
The Prince Charles is a quirky place that mainly shows repertory, classic, cult, arthouse and genre films. They also stage regular ‘sing-a-long-a’ performances of films like The Sound of Music and Moulin Rouge, as well as all-nighter screenings of film series.
THE GATE CINEMA
87 Notting Hill Gate
+44 (0)871 902 5731
This arthouse cinema has a small-scale grandeur. The ornate, comfortable and cosy auditorium has elaborate stuccoed ceilings, tables between the seats for drinks and snacks, and sofas at the back. As well as independent films they regularly show live transmissions of opera, ballet and theatre.
+44 (0)20 7928 3232
The British Film Institute occupies a wonderful position on the Southbank underneath Waterloo Bridge. The four screens are programmed with regular seasons of classic, independent and foreign films and frequent director retrospectives and genre-themed festivals. The cinema has two bars and an excellent shop selling books on cinema and DVDs.