Clapham Picturehouse

Cinemas , Independent Clapham
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Clapham Picturehouse

The jewel in the Picturehouse crown opened in 1992 and has been screening a mix of mainstream releases and independent films from its handy location beside Clapham Common ever since. Like all Picturehouses it’s a super-popular local cinema with a devoted following who come for the snug, anti-multiplex atmosphere and comfy reclining seats. Take your pick from the gut-expanding array of posh snacks and grab a drink at the bar, which has become a destination in itself – and is perfect for a post-film debrief. Plus you can buy a glass of wine to take into the movie.

Venue name: Clapham Picturehouse
Contact:
Address: 76 Venn St
London
SW4 0AT
Opening hours: Sat 11.45am
Transport: Tube: Clapham Common
Price: £2 (Kids Club annual membership £3) non-members £3, accompanying adults £2
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    Average User Rating

    4.5 / 5

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    Laura E

    Staff are great, location is handy, and there's a bar attached to it. Can't go wrong with that.

    Kishma S
    Tastemaker

    This is a great cinema showing a good selection of films on general release although not everything. There is the added bonus if being able to enjoy a glass of wine/beer with the film.

    It's also a great place for parents/carers. Big Scream screenings are exclusive for parents/carers of babies under one. Early on a Sunday, when no one without children would think of going to the cinema these tickets include a coffee and a brioche.

    Toddler time is exclusive for parents/carers of older children and is less than £2 a ticket.

    Clapham Picturehouse is an all round great local cinema.

    Elif G

    Cool venue in between nice restaurants and a live music pub next door.

    Georgie
    Tastemaker

    I don't know why more cinemas don't provide bars and allow you to get boozy during a movie. It's such a good combo, especially when going to watch a comedy, as was proven when my friends and I went to watch the Ab Fab movie at the Picturehouse in Clapham. With a bottle of cider in one hand, popcorn in the other, we took our seats in the relatively small screening room (maybe a capacity of 60 people?) and enjoyed the film. Or at least we did once we had gone back outside to ask them to turn the sound up because it was super quiet! It's nice to go to a cinema that isn't part of one of the money making chains, and while our tickets were pricey (£12 each!) it didn't seem like a rip off, considering the pre-film entertainment included a bar!

    SB

    Always enjoy watching a film at the Clapham Picturehouse. Love the comfy reclining seats in screen 1, the gourmet popcorn and the option of taking a glass of wine into the cinema!

    Sam B
    tastemaker

    SAY NO TO THE MULTIPLEX - This is how you really should be enjoying a good film!

    Not only does Picturehouse have all the big must-see movies, they have an amazing program of specialist and arts films too. Drinks and snacks are also on the upper end of the scale. Gourmet sausage rolls, fancy popcorn and yes, you can take alcohol into the cinema with you. So rather than a diluted coke and plastic hotdog, sit back in a comfy chair, sip on a glass of merlot and relax and enjoy the film. You're worth it! 

    Nicky G
    Tastemaker

    A shining star in the galaxy of central London cinemas. Friendly service, a bar serving hot mulled cider in winter and cold pints in summer, excellent value and choice of films. Become a member for free tickets, discounted admission and 10% off food and drink at the bar.

    MooseInLondon
    Tastemaker

    Wonderful theatre with delicious restaurants right across the street. It's no IMAX but its great to see little independent theatres thriving! 

    Esther B

    The most friendly and fun cinema in london. Amazing happy and knoledgable staff who love film and love there cinema.

    Danny H

    So as a Northern boy from the sticks, it came as quite a shock when I found out that you can actually take alcohol with you into the film. This makes for a much more enjoyable cinematic experience, even if the prices are a little OTT. Friendly staff and plenty of film showings. Would recommend!