7 of the best cinemas in south west London and Surrey
7 best cinemas in south west London and Surrey
Comfy seats, great decor, and delish food… here’s where to catch a film in style…
Everyman, Chelsea and Esher
Everyman seeks to redefine the cinema experience by offering customers a cosy space to enjoy their film, complete with an extensive list of drinks and tasty food – long gone are the days of stale popcorn. Built in 1937, the Esher branch is 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. The Chelsea outpost is another of our faves. Sit back and have waiter service to your seat.
Curzon, Kingston and Richmond
We love the new Curzon in the Bentall Centre, which has awesome seats and the option to order some great pizza and decent wine to your seat. And we have a soft spot for the Water Lane Curzon in Richmond, too. The setting is intimate 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.
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 that 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.
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.
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 RealD 3D screens, IMAX and digital AES sound installed. There’s also a choice of Premier seats, Club seats and luxurious recliner seats.
Olympic Studios, Barnes
Housed in the former home of the legendary Olympic Recording Studios, this luxury cinema offers a stylish and historic film-going experience. You can enjoy both blockbusters and old classics, as well as attend arts events and Q&As with London’s most inspiring artistic minds. The cinema hosts its very own café and dining room serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, allowing you to make a day of it and hang around however long you like.
The Ritzy, Brixton
This restored 1911 cinema has retained its Edwardian exterior and main auditorium, offering film-goers a unique experience amongst early cinema décor. Accompanied by a warmly-lit downstairs bar, an evening at The Ritzy feels like recapturing the hazy magic of a bygone era. It is an atmospheric and culturally vibrant experience, where live events can be enjoyed alongside films in the popular Upstairs at the Ritzy area. Then make your way to En Root, the cinema’s on-site restaurant where you will be served delicious vegan Indian dishes.