Genesis Cinema Whitechapel

Cinemas , Independent Stepney
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Genesis Cinema Whitechapel

Lucky old Whitechapel. They get to have the gorgeous Genesis as their local. Not only is it cheap, but it's also been beautifully renovated in the past two years by guys who design film sets for a living (try knocking the bricks upstairs on the mezzanine level). The end result is pretty much a perfect local cinema, where you’ll find proper old East End ladies drinking coffee next to cool kids on laptops in the café. There’s a bar upstairs, and if you want to fill your face, you’re in for a treat. Choose between crodoughs from nearby 100-year-old bakery Rinkoffs, or the snack bar with a wall of Pick ’n’ Mix or jumbo hotdogs from World’s Wurst (terrible name, brilliant bangers, from £3.90). Book seats in the Studio 5 boutique screening room with armchairs and a cosy bar for a date.

Venue name: Genesis Cinema Whitechapel
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Address: 93-95 Mile End Rd
London
E1 4UJ
Transport: Tube: Stepney Green
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  • Time Out says
    • 4 out of 5 stars
    Has JK Rowling been taking divination lessons at Hogwarts? With spooky clairvoyance, the first movie in her new five-film wizarding franchise opens with two factions in America at each other’s throats. No, not Republicans and Democrats. It’s 1926,...
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    • 3 out of 5 stars
    No, ‘Trolls’ is not a movie about the haters with terrible spelling who threaten people on the Internet. This musical kids’ animation is based on the plastic dolls with frizzy hair that were big in the ’90s. And against the odds, it’s funny and sn...
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  • Time Out says
    • 3 out of 5 stars
    Provocative onscreen and off, Nate Parker’s slave-rebellion drama pulls off a hijacking before it even begins: that of the title of DW Griffith’s 1915 silent epic movie known for celebrating the Ku Klux Klan and for demonising angry black men as r...
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  • Time Out says
    • 3 out of 5 stars
    Clint Eastwood doesn't waste any time: the opening scenes of 'Sully', his stirring tribute to a great day of ultra-coordinated New York City heroism, are so frightening that it’s amazing they're about to play in multiplexes around the world. In th...
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  • Time Out says
    • 2 out of 5 stars
    A novelist gets his own back on his ex-wife in the way he knows best - via fiction - in Tom Ford's high-gloss psychological thriller set in the uber-rich LA art world. It's the fashion designer's second movie after his 2009 debut 'A Single Man', a...
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  • Time Out says
    • 4 out of 5 stars
    The dependably distinctive and rewarding Jim Jarmusch returns with a lovely, characteristically episodic fable about the fragile, fruitful and just occasionally fraught relationship between creativity and everyday life. Chronicling a week in the l...
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  • Time Out says
    • 3 out of 5 stars
    'Sicario' director Denis Villeneuve's colour-drained, mournful sci-fi drama 'Arrival' plays like a more mainstream filmmaker got his hands on Jonathan Glazer's experimental alien masterpiece 'Under the Skin' and added moments of international intr...
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  • Time Out says
    • 2 out of 5 stars
    Director Oliver Stone, not so long ago the great provocateur of American movies ('JFK', 'Nixon') but lately lost in a wilderness of misfires ('W.', 'Savages'), should have grabbed the real-life tale of CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden and shaken i...
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  • Time Out says
    • 3 out of 5 stars
    Snarling and loud, Jim Jarmusch’s new doc about Iggy Pop and the Stooges takes a fairly brief period of time – seven years, three now-classic albums, multiple break-ups and several drug addictions – and turns it into something heartfelt. At the ce...
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  • Time Out says
    • 4 out of 5 stars
    This charming animated family movie about a teenage Polynesian girl fighting to save her Pacific island’s future feels like business as usual for Disney in many ways. There’s a strong young female lead, catchy show tunes, lush landscapes and talki...
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Average User Rating

4.9 / 5

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steven l

Great local cinema! Cheap tix, fun events and promotions, various independent releases, good food and drink; couldn't ask for a better local cinema!

Samantha B

Its cheap and its different. Very far from any typical chain cinema and that's what makes it great. A little run down but a whole lot of charm :)

Andrea S

I Love this cinema. Its what ALL cinemas should be like. Top customer service. Top comfort.

Niki A

I love the atmosphere at the Genesis, the staff are all very friendly and helpful. They've got great coffee, excellent food, a really cool bar and the biggest screen in the East End so they've got you covered for a day and/or night at the movies. Excellent events and festivals going on all the time so there is plenty of selection for all film tastes. The luxury screen 5 has comfy sofas which are great for a date night :)

Anaelle
Tastemaker

Fed up of paying between £10 and £15 for an average chain cinema experience? Well, here’s the cure! A cute little independent cinema with very reasonable prices…


The building itself is very nice with a cool retro vibe to it. Being home to a nice restaurant, a cool bar and a trendy café, you can order anything from coffee, tea and crodoughts to beers, pies and nice cocktails (try the apple crumble, it’s yummy!). Tickets are only £4.5 on Mondays and Tuesdays, £8 the rest of the time and never more than £9.5 on Fridays and Sundays. Try to book Studio 5 for a super comfy experience: they have foot stalls, blankets and table service. Plus, they do some cool events all throughout the year. What more do you want?


This is by far the best cinema in town! Give it a try.

Gary W

A splendid family owned cinema. They really care about the films they put on, often organising themed music in the bar for a one off special. Great bar and pieminster pies.

Carly-Ann Clements
Staff Writer

Okay, so this is no Picturehouse Central but it's a nice neighbourhood cinema with a great selection of films and a good selection of treats. Not the most up-market screening rooms but the dinginess adds to the indie film vibe.

AB
Staff WriterStaff Comp

There is always a great selection of new releases and independent films to choose from, and on Mondays and Wednesdays tickets cost just £4. Both the café and bar are great - worth a visit without going to the cinema, and one of the screens even has a bar in it too. This is definitely one of my favourite cinemas in London.

Matt W

Great venue, lovely staff, amazing bar. Always interesting festivals/screenings/Q&A's taking place. Terrific value for money.

Babs - Working Girl London
Tastemaker

This is hands down THE BEST CINEMA IN LONDON. There I said it. Firstly, it is super cheap. You can get tickets for as little as £3.50 to new releases and on average you'll pay £7.50. Secondly, it's beautiful. Recently refurbished, nice comfy chairs, plenty of space. Thirdly, it's super cool. There is a chic coffee shop on the ground floor and a cool bar on the first floor. There's even a Bratwurst pop-up (I think it's a pop-up?) which I'm yet to try. And to top it all of, it's still an independent, woohoo! Stick it to the man and take your hard earned pennies here, you won't regret it.

Diana T
Tastemaker

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Genesis, its cute and quaint, but Screen 1 is huge, so you still can get the "big cinema" experience there. They serve alcohol at the bar, so you can even enjoy the movie a little more, that's how I ended up not remembering the first half to Neighbors. They run various events in the space too, either special film festivals or dance evenings. Even just hanging out in front of the cinema is great. Its a place to be preserved. 

D Cusack

The most beautiful foyer I've ever seen. Must be one of the coolest venues I've been to in London which supports all the Arts. Amazing hidden gem.

Abi

Wow, what a venue, a real gem! I actually reserved some space in the bar to celebrate my husband's 30th birthday. All the staff could not have been more helpful. The laid back atmosphere meant that all had a great time and the cocktails went down very well too! The bar let us DJ our own tunes, on a Saturday night, and supplied us with some top notch pies too. What more could you ask for? Well maybe a good film accompanied by some good drink and snacks...well they have that too! We will return to sample the cinema delights here as well.

Sandra D

Very cool indie cinema, recently refurbished with a luxury screen STUDIO 5 which has sofas & a bar! Gallery, café & £3.50 on a Weds.