Genesis Cinema Whitechapel

Cinemas , Independent Stepney
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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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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  • This classic 'photo-roman' about the power of memory - 'the story of a man marked by an image of his childhood' - begins at Orly airport a few years before WWIII. That image is of a woman's face at the end of the pier; and in the post-apocalyptic ...
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    • 4 out of 5 stars
    While 'Finding Dory' is crammed with the kind of visual pleasures we’ve come to expect from Pixar, the story doesn’t always reach the heights of invention upon which the animation giant has built its reputation. The film lacks the psychological pr...
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    • 4 out of 5 stars
    A little orphan girl is snatched from her bed late at night by a big-hearted vegetarian giant and whisked off to an unwelcoming land of over-sized cannibals in Roald Dahl's much-cherished 1982 book 'The BFG'. For this movie version, aimed squarely...
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    • 1 out of 5 stars
    We’re five movies in, and the ‘Ice Age’ series has jumped the sloth: ‘Collision Course’ feels like it was scripted on the back of a beer mat and animated by the folks behind those straight-to-DVD Barbie movies. It’s hard to shake the suspicion tha...
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  • Time Out says
    • 4 out of 5 stars
    Too much ambition can be a dangerous thing. The previous ‘Star Trek’ movie, 2013’s ‘Into Darkness’, was packed with it: a sprawling epic full of new worlds, violent consequences and hefty emotional moments. It was later – just a little unfairly – ...
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    • 3 out of 5 stars
    The hilarious start of this cartoon from the ‘Despicable Me’ team feels lifted from one of those pets-do-the-funniest-things montages on YouTube. Front-loading the best bits, ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ begins by imagining what the animals in a New ...
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  • Time Out says
    • 4 out of 5 stars
    The all-female reboot of ‘Ghostbusters’ is here – pumped-up, subversive and often very funny. But before any fanboys make the leap from viciously criticising the trailer to viciously criticising the movie itself, let’s get a reality check on the 1...
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    • 3 out of 5 stars
    Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass prompted widespread surprise with their decision to return to the Bourne series, despite the neat closure of trilogy capper ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’. Surely, we assumed, they must have a great reason to come back: some...
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    • 3 out of 5 stars
    Mads Mikkelsen is cast against type to enjoyable effect in this Wes Anderson-ish tale of a broken family with a dark secret. The one-time Bond villain plays mustachioed, socially inept wank-addict Elias, brother of equally awkward college professo...
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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.