The Picturehouse's latest branch, opened in the summer of 2015, sits on the site of the old Cineworld in Piccadilly's Trocadero centre, which has had a stunning revamp. Distancing itself from the old maze that was former cinema entrance, Picturehouse have walled this up and made a clear entrance on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Great Windmill Street.
Inside visitors are met with a grand staircase paired with a film themed mural by US artists Patrick Vale and Paul Davis. There's also a ground floor café. Up a level you'll find the box office and the bar, before heading to one of the seven screens. Still in the same theatres the original screens were, these rooms have been overhauled with larger screens and comfy seats with more leg room.
Another climb up a level will take you to the gallery space and a members-only bar with a roof terrace that looks out over the busy streets of central London.
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|Cross street:||Great Windmill St|
|Transport:||Tube: Piccadilly Circus|
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A gem of a cinema. Just a few minutes from the tourist trap of Leicester Square, you'll find Picturehouse Central. Reasonably priced, with a wide selection of movies. The bar inside is great in it's own right too. This has definitely become my cinema of choice.
Character, charm and atmosphere are not things you tend to associate with cinemas but Picturehouse Central embodies all of these perfectly. I have walked passed this place every day on my way to the office for the past 8 month and it has always had me intrigued, can’t believe it has taken me this long to truly discover it, don’t know what I was waiting for I wish I’d visited sooner.
Decided to go on a cinema date with a friend (and fellow Tastemaker Hollibakes) as we both wanted to ball our eyes out to “Me Before You” – but I’ll save the details of this for a film review to follow – back to the cinema… I was surprised to find it listed as on option to use with Meerkat Movies 2 for 1 offer on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, this meant its cost just £13 for both of our tickets, although this was just the icing on the cake as given the experience we had I would have been happy to pay double and then some.
As you walk in you are greeted on the ground floor buy a relaxed and spacious café – one of my first impressions was that I was very surprised by the overall size of the space this cinema occupies, but they do fill it so well! The café serves a nice selection of foods all of which are able to put into takeaway containers in order for you to take into the screening with you, this certainly was a big thumbs us from us as both coming straight from finishing work we hadn’t had time to grab anything in the way of dinner. We both opted for the Mac n Cheese, was reasonably priced at £6.50 for a good portion size and was very enjoyable! Other hot food options included lasagne and an aubergine thing (sorry I can’t remember what this was specifically) and there was also a choice of cold salads. Though I wasn’t planning on buying any sweet treats, I couldn’t help but be persuaded but the vast offering of cakes displayed at the counter – all of which looked very tempting -I eventually decided on a white chocolate and raspberry brownie which did not disappoint and was as delicious as it sounds. As far as drinks go they cover all bases, selling hot beverages, soft drinks and alcoholic tipples too.
Up the elegant insta-worthy staircase to the first floor there is a restaurant and bar area to your left, which I’d like to perhaps try out another time when not in such a rush. Then the box office area to your right when tickets are purchased and unsurprisingly offers even more items to satisfy your sweet tooth, with a well presented pick n mix station - although I did observe this was on the expensive side (to be expected, as cinema sweets usually are).
We were in screen 2, which along with screen 1 and the members only bar (jealous!) are located up an escalator to level 2. The screen was a really good size for the space, larger than I would have expected and the picture and sound quality were both great. The seats were very comfortable indeed, with a recline which moves with you allowing you to pick your preferred angle viewing for viewing – and don’t worry about annoying those behind you as legroom is so generous they won’t even know you’re there.
Thank you to Picturehouse for bringing the special touch back to a trip to the cinema, making an outing to “the pictures” just the way it should be!
In case you can’t already tell I’m over the moon to have come across this place, honestly cannot recommend it enough, so much so I’ll be returning next week.
I had to share this photo - and see others have done the same.
There are some places in London where just looking out gives you a sense of occasion.
The corner table on the Club Level here is just one such place.
Picturehouse Central is a great venue to see a film - its equally a good spot just to hang out.
Very civil and just metres from Piccadilly Circus.
The coolest cinema for miles around, and considering it's a stone's throw from the PCC, the ICA, the Curzon, and a couple of cinemas with the best screens in the city (OLS and Empire) that's saying something.
Am actually quite shocked to read these reviews on here. Is it the same place? Do people only care about decor?
Second attempt to come here last night (first attempt they had whored it all out to a corporate at last minute with no notice. Fun if you've travelled an hour to visit).
After a 40 min queue for tickets an same again for snacks. Got upstairs to be told restaurant closed (corporate do, of course) so had to stand around (no seats) for a while- no real time to go anywhere else as too busy to get down escalator and leave
Film: pretty good but sound was too quiet and so could hear everyone talking and eating. Seats lean back: result... However, when doing so they jerk the whole row meaning other people are involuntarily moving you the whole way through. Also- it's freezing! Air con in late Oct? Why?
Dinner after: food cold and took ages. Also the worst of the Mayfair art set and upper class hipsters (Dalstons a bit common now) jostling for space, clattering into poor couples trying to get some respite and generally braying bollocks
Whole thing such a shame I could cry