Ritzy Cinema Brixton

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Ritzy Cinema Brixton

The Ritzy is a Brixton institution, much loved for its friendly staff and anti-multiplex atmosphere. One of south London’s oldest picture palaces (it originally opened in 1911), today the Ritzy has still got a little of that grandeur. Its five screens are all comfortable and reasonably sized, while the programme strikes the perfect balance between major blockbusters and independent films, plus late-night shows and classics. There are also two bars, one offering a view across Windrush Square and serving slap-up café food, the other tucked upstairs inside the cinema and playing host to an array of club nights and stand-up shows.

Venue name: Ritzy Cinema Brixton
Contact:
Address: Brixton Oval
Coldharbour Lane
London
SW2 1JG
Transport: Tube: Brixton
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    • 4 out of 5 stars
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Tara P
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Tastemaker

Having just visited the Ritzy for a special Valentine's Screening of Casablanca, I can honestly say that it's one of my favourite cinemas. 


The staff are friendly, the bar well-stocked, the seats comfy, and the fact you're able to have a glass of prosecco in your seat is just the icing on the cake. 


I'm a big fan of the varied programme and the inclusion of live theatre, ballet and opera broadcasts (and even art exhibitions now, apparently!)


Keep up the good work Ritzy.

Jo Gowans
Tastemaker

The Ritzy is a real institution - a great range of art house and independent films and a decent food and drink offering. It's often one of the only places to show foreign titles, and they'll do special screenings of archive favourites too. When in Brixton, I like dropping in and seeing whatever's showing, although I've had mixed success with this - 'A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence' had much of the audience asleep in their chairs. 


I also visited the Ritzy pop-up to see 'The Graduate' but it's a poor reflection on the main cinema. Seats are incredibly uncomfortable, the space is quite cold and the screen cut out several times during the showing. A Picturehouse advert played pre-movie added salt to the wound by depicting a similar pop-up with superior execution (and comfy deck chairs). The film made the trip worth it, though.  


NakedPRGirl Claire
Tastemaker

I went to the Ritzy Pop Up (not to be confused with the main one of course) to see The Graduate a couple of weeks ago and loved it! It had cute blankets to keep you warm and was a cosy space with a little bar at the back. The screen lost the picture a couple of times and the chairs probably aren't designed to be in them for longer than a couple of hours, but it was still a cool and quirky place to spend a Sunday afternoon. Also plus point, I finally saw The Graduate, and that was pretty epic! 

Cristina A
tastemaker

The Ritzy is recognised by most as a true institution for a good reason and who am I to disagree with facts!


Their selection of films is always on point (the most recent films + some amazing classics), there are a veriety of other offerings that go just beyond cinema (broadcasts of opera. ballet, theare) and on-stage acts also (comedy nights, music, etc.), the food and drink on offer is great and the staff is lovely. I've always enjoyed coming here (I love the small, cozy rooms instead of the giant ampitheatre type places).


Recently, I also watched "The Graduate" in their pop-up cinema in Pop Brixton.

I was quite excited (pop-up + cinema + classic film = amazing) but I have to say the experience fell behind my expectations. The space, whilst quite interesting is not designed for comfort (chairs are not great to sit in for 2 hours), there is a cold draft and the provided blankets were not enough to keep me warm and comfortable (well... it is in a place built with containers) and due to some technical deficulties, there were a couple of occasions where the image was lost throughout the screening.


All in all, I still am madly in love with the Ritzy (my yearbook dedication would read: "never change Ritzy!") but the pop-up felt a bit gimmicky and unecessary (when the lovely Ritzy is only 2 blocks away).


The Ritzy - 5 stars

Pop Ritzy - 3 stars :(

Adrian H
Tastemaker

Found in the heart of Brixton, this small cinema offers many hidden delights.


Firstly is the array of classic film offerings. Having recently seen Casablanca I can safely say the big screen gives them an extra dimension.


Secondly, at 6' 4", I can confirm the seats are roomy and comfortable. The smaller screens also allow for a more intimate atmosphere with less chance for annoying rustling of bags of sweets.


Finally, and the icing on the cake, you can bring drinks into the screen. A beer, champagne, if you fancy, or wine, you can enjoy a film with a true sense of relaxation.

jeaniekarl
Tastemaker

This is a small cinema, just moments from Brixton station that is just great. The seats are comfy and not too cramped. The screen rooms themselves aren’t too big so it creates a more relaxed atmosphere for you to enjoy the film. The screen rooms offer gorgeous ornate features and interiors. There is also a small café area just outside where you can enjoy food and drinks later.

 

AB
Staff WriterStaff Comp

One of my favourite cinemas, great place to hang out too.

Hammertime
moderatorStaff Writer

I've been a regular at their baby cinema for a year, which ensured I kept up with all the best films in a grown up luxury with a free coffee in hand. There's also an excellent bar and food and great selection of films.

A-Dog
Staff Writer

The best cinema in London, hands down. Large, comfortable seats, an eclectic mix of box office films and obscure art house and documentary flicks. The confectionary items are a little pricey but high end. The bar has a great selection of beers and the food is not what you'd expect from a cinema, there are no dried out nachos and ropey hot dogs here. The reasonably priced Picturehouse memebership more than pays for itself with 2 free tickets and discounts off food/drink.

Ruth J
Tastemaker

Great cinema! Really nice bar at the front to have a drink before your movie. Good screens and nice vibe in there!

Sarah P

A real gem of a place! The perfect way to spend a cozy Sunday afternoon in Brixton – great films, comfy seats and a yummy selection of cinema treats & drinks… What more could you ask for? Easily one of the best cinemas in London.


Sam Clements

My FAVOURITE cinema in London. Great mix of programming, lovely events and a a great view on that top balcony!