Five of the best cinemas in south west London and Surrey
Get through the grey month of January by cosying on up with a film at one of these great cinemas in south west London and Surrey
Yes, we know it’s more screen-time but there’s something oh-so-more sociable about catching a movie, particularly when you can do it in style. Here’s our pick of the places that offer something different.
Slowly taking over the cinema scene across the UK, Everyman seeks to redefine the cinema experience by offering customers a cosy space to enjoy their film, complete with an extensive list of alcoholic beverages and tasty food from excellent retailers – long gone are the days of stale popcorn. Built in 1937, the Esher branch is now a Grade II* listed building. It was recently refurbished but still retains its original Neo-Georgian façade and tall round-headed windows. It has four screens and a lively bar where arty types muse over their favourite directors with a Negroni in hand.
Tucked away down Richmond’s cobbled backstreets, a trip to the Water Lane Curzon gives its visitors a glimpse of old Richmond. The Curzon has 13 cinemas spread out across the country, but this is one of our favourites. The setting is intimate, unlike the sprawling Curzon in Soho, and there is a small and ornate bar where guests can purchase their favourite tipple before a screening. Seats are exceptionally cosy and the theatre evokes the golden age of cinema with its art deco style.
Not just your average Odeon, the Kingston branch is one for those who are looking to kick back and enjoy the latest blockbuster in complete comfort. The cinema has had a recent facelift with the latest RealD 3D screens, IMAX and digital AES sound installed. There’s also a choice of Premier seats, Club seats and luxurious recliner seats with plush pillows. Your seat will also have its own table where guests will be served premium food and drinks..
This beautiful theatre in Surrey Hills is the residents of Dorking’s proudest possession. Visitors will find an array of events taking place at the venue throughout the year, with films, performances, gigs, pantomimes and live productions held in a grand auditorium that can seat up to 900 people. This artistic hub has a thriving bar as well as a top-notch restaurant, and the venue charms with its distinctly 1930s feel.
The Picturehouse, Clapham
Clapham institution, the Picturehouse is conveniently located next to Clapham Common and is a stone’s throw from the tube station. Cinema-goers come to enjoy cocktails at its vibrant bar which opens up onto Venn Street, but the building’s chief function is as an independent arthouse which screens everything from Hollywood blockbusters to vintage classics, to indie cult films. As a Picturehouse member, you can enjoy a host of benefits including priority booking and national and local partner discounts.