Ritzy Cinema Brixton

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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
Address: Brixton Oval
Coldharbour Lane
Transport: Tube: Brixton
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Tara P

There's nothing really to fault with the Ritzy - a great and interesting selection of films, fine food and friendly staff. 

I've heard good things about their special events and I'd be keen to try one out sometime. 

Staff WriterStaff Comp

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

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.

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.


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!