10 of the Coolest Cinemas in the UK

Posted on September 5th, 2016 by

There are some great places to watch things in Sheffield. Let us guide you through some of our favorite cinemas to sit down and take it all in.

1) Showroom Cinema, Sheffield

Sheffield’s Showroom cinema has a lot more going for it than just being the rooftop location of a classic Artic Monkeys music video – though, we’ll admit, that is pretty awesome. Besides that, this venue also boasts a great selection of indie and mainstream films, and plays host to the annual Sheffield Doc/Fest, making it the perfect venue for any non-fiction film buffs!

Showroom Theatre Sheffield
Independent Cinema Office

2) Everyman Cinemas

Now, if you like your cinematic experiences to be luxurious, look no further than the Everyman cinema chain. With 19 locations around the UK, including Leeds, Birmingham, Winchester and Bristol, these venues are all decked out with plushy sofas instead of seats, foot rests, cup holders, and cushions galore. The ideal comfy spot to catch the latest movie releases.

Everyman Cinema - LeedsCopyright - Richard Southall/Ilona Zielinska
Richard Southall/Emphasis Photography

3) Cult Screens’ Open Cinema

If the idea of that many cushions in a cosy dark cinema makes you fear you’d fall asleep and miss the film entirely, a bit of fresh air might help to keep you on the edge of your seat! The open air cinema experience is not one to be missed, and with Cult Screens’ events happening across the country, in astounding venues such as Oxford Castle, you’d be a fool to miss out on this unique brand of movie night!

Cult Screens

4) Lexi Cinema, London

Obviously, London has a ton of cinemas you could choose from, but the most adorable choice has to be the Lexi Cinema in Kensal Rise, North West London. Run by volunteers and often billed as one of the capital’s friendliest cinemas, it even donates 100% of its profits to the charity, The Sustainability Institute. The front of the building bears the words “I am a cinema. Love me.” – and love you we do, Lexi!

Time Out Space Man Movie Theatre
Time Out/Space Man Ltd

5) The Floating Cinema

Part cinema, part art project, part feat of architecture, the floating cinema is exactly what is says on the tin; a cinema screen on a boat. Touring the waterways of Britain, the Floating Cinema can be boarded for private screenings for up to 12 lucky viewers, or moored up for an evening for 500+ land-dwelling film fans at a time.

Floating Cinema

6) The Rex, Berkhamstead

Billed by the BBC as “possibly Britain’s most beautiful cinema,” this gorgeous 1938 art-deco building houses an enormous screen, and the option to sit in a normal seat, at a swanky table, or even in the royal box! Ohh la la! It’s also home to the BFI national archive, so if you fancy yourself a film scholar, this is definitely the place to be.

The Rex

7) The Watershed

The Watershed is a firm favourite for cinephiles in the South-West, and even across the country. As well as screening the best of independent and foreign language films, the venue is also host to a scrummy café and several film festival events across the year. The space can even be booked out for weddings, for those who prefer a highly cultural start to their marriage!

8) The Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

If you’re looking for a really old-school cinema experience, look no further than the Tyneside; the only cinema in the UK to still show free daily newsreels. Also available at no expense to the consumer are the free guided tours of the beautiful art deco features of the building, through their exhibition full of exciting filmic relics, and even behind the scenes in the projection room! And, of course, it also plays all the new releases (at a great price!) if you’re not looking to learn anything about film history during your visit.

9) Plaza Community Cinema, Liverpool

Time for another adorable, volunteer run cinema… this time in the form of the Plaza Cinema in Liverpool. Like the Lexi, Plaza is run by volunteers, and alongside its normal screenings, offers community events designed to promote the “social, educational and inspirational value of film.” It has even been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – that’s the community group equivalent of an MBE!

Plaza Cinema

10) Castle Cinema, Hackney

After a very successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year (£57,000 raised from a target of £45,000), the team behind Hot Tub Cinema & Pillow Cinema have bought the historic Castle Cinema venue, which has been disused for over 50 years. Building began mid-September, and we can only hope that the team have kept some of their assets from their previous cinematic projects to deck out the refurbished cinema with… pyjama party in a hot tub in a beautiful old cinema? Yes, please!

Hot Tub Cinema