Hackney Picturehouse

Cinemas , Independent Hackney
  • 5 out of 5 stars
(8 user reviews)
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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
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    • 2 out of 5 stars
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    • 2 out of 5 stars
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    • 3 out of 5 stars
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    • 3 out of 5 stars
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      • 4 out of 5 stars
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        • 4 out of 5 stars
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        • 3 out of 5 stars
        It’s set in southern France, but this low-key, bleak film is a very British drama. A mum (Juliet Stevenson) and her teenage son, Elliot (Alex Lawther), are both facing emotional difficulties (her marriage is crumbling; he thinks he’s gay). And bot...
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          • 4 out of 5 stars
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          Average User Rating

          4.7 / 5

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          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!