Hackney Picturehouse

Cinemas , Independent Hackney
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Hackney Picturehouse

The Picturehouse has only been open since 2011, but already it’s impossible to remember Hackney without its four-screen cinema. Downstairs, on the ground floor the bar/café (we recommend the burgers) is always buzzing. The programming is a bang-on mix of top-of-the-range mainstream and artier films – and if you’re after blockbuster bangs, make sure you book for screen one, with its beast of a screen, big sound and steep incline for uninterrupted viewing. On the top floor is the Hackney Attic venue, home to music quizzes, open-mic nights and all manner of live events.

Venue name: Hackney Picturehouse
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Address: 270 Mare St
London
E8 1HE
Transport: Rail: Hackney Central Overground
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    • 3 out of 5 stars
    A gross-out fright movie that is, in the director’s own words, ‘more like a funhouse ride than a bloodbath’, ‘Drag Me to Hell’ takes Sam Raimi back to his B-movie roots, fusing the scary intensity of ‘The Evil Dead’ with the cartoonish, slapstick ...
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    • 3 out of 5 stars
    One of the few foreign language films your unadventurous grandmother might enjoy, ‘Babette’s Feast’ is a cosy, appetising but ever-so-slightly complacent period tale from 1987. In remotest 19th-century Denmark, a pair of elderly, benevolent Protes...
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  • Time Out says
    • 5 out of 5 stars
    In 1939, rosy-cheeked chanteuse Judy Garland trumpeted the cosy, all-American proverb that ‘there’s no place like home’ in ‘The Wizard of Oz’. She returned five years later to reaffirm those beliefs in Vincente Minnelli’s musical masterpiece, ‘Mee...
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    • 5 out of 5 stars
    In this age of torture porn, ironic distance and daily real-world outrage, can cinema still offer up an authentically frightening experience? Welcome to the answer. For his second feature after gentle teen comedy ‘The Myth of the American Sleepove...
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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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  • Time Out says
    • 4 out of 5 stars
    New York filmmaker Ira Sachs is so humane he couldn’t write a villain to save his life. That’s even true in his latest film, the story of a family evicting a sweet seamstress on to the street. The Jardines are decent people: Brian (Greg Kinnear) i...
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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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James M

Hands down best cinema in Hackney and perhaps London. Great choices of film, friendly staff and lots going on. Well worth a cinematic visit.

Dewbien P

I love Picturehouse in general for the great content they show but the venue is lovely here, the food is good and the staff are very friendly.

Jill N

Great cinema, fully stocked bar and cafe, comfy seats and big screens. Can't ask for more!

Rachael C

The venue is smart, sophisticated, clean and on our doorstep. Had a lovely time here

MissVenaAD

HPH is practically my second home! Good range of films on offer from arthouse to big budget blockbusters. Staff are friendly and the range of food and drink is really good.

Tamara B
Tastemaker

Hackney Picturehouse is suitably hipster for the area. The snacks are organic and fancy and the seating comfortable. The only thing I didn't like was that it was slightly confusing finding cinema # 4 and there were no staff around to ask. It did make me wonder why a ticket was necessary.

Naomi
Tastemaker

I'm not usually a massive fan of the cinema, so I was apprehensive about my trip here, however I am now desperate to go back and see more! This place is an all round amazing experience, cleaner than any standard multiplex with huge comfy chairs and incredible audios/visuals! I saw the Hockney documentary here, which I think was shown in the largest auditorium - the seats were steep enough that their was no issue over who came and sat in front, yet there was also plenty of leg space! Not only was the viewing experience incredible, but everything from entering the front door to leaving again had been carefully thought out and just oozed quality, even the toilets were posh!

simon l

My favourite cinema in London. Plus it has the wonderful Hackney Attic upstairs showing great events. Oh and it does bloomin' lovely pizzas too! :-)

John C

Went to an Odeon recently and remembered why we don't go any more! This is our local.. Lovely seats, great films, absence of rustling food wrappers , chatting and chomping of popcorn.

Lisa S

Love the reclining seats. Won't watch a film in any other cinema in London.

Manningalive
Tastemaker

Think of this place as more than just somewhere to watch a film, you're going for the full cinematic experience.  Arrive early and have a drink in the downstairs bar, it's cosy and is usually bustling whatever time you go, not to mention a great place for people watching.  The screens are spacious and seats tiered so you don't need to worry about that 6ft guy sitting right in front of you.The late night showings are always fun and often playing a cult classic, to be enjoyed with a glass of wine and snacks.  Naturally for the late night screenings you should expect moderate alcohol induced cheering and jeering. 

Laurala
Tastemaker

The perfect place to spend your hungover Sunday. Especially if you accidentally happen to book tickets to a film shown at The Lounge – think low, casual, comfy lounge seats and plenty of leg space. Even though the froyo in a tub I bought from the shop resembled more of a slushy than anything else, my Sunday excursion was enjoyable. Don't miss the spaceship-inspired toilets!