The Phoenix Cinema

Cinemas , Independent London
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This gorgeous single-screen cinema in East Finchley can fairly claim to be London’s oldest continuously-open cinema: it was completed in 1910 and opened its doors in 1912. Since 1985 it has been run as a charitable trust and the local community is heavily involved in keeping it going. Programme-wise, the Phoenix shows a mix of independent and foreign films, and its auditorium is rightly prized as one of the most beautiful places to watch a film in London. This is also a great cinema to catch directors introducing their work, late night films and special events.

Venue name: The Phoenix Cinema
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Address: 52 High Rd
East Finchley
London
N2 9PJ
Transport: Tube: East Finchley
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I love this cinema,it's so friggin' cool! Not hipster cool,no no no,just meat and two veg cool! I am biased,as I am living in Finchley, and I believe it is one of our greatest assets.A beautiful cinema,very comfortable,good size screen and sound. A great selection of films,indi,Docs,live theatre streams ( I performed with Glyndebourne Opera in La Traviata last year and my family went along to watch me being streamed in Sussex,bloody fab. They did see it live too but were in the gods,so I was super pleased they got a close up view : ) 


A good selection of booze and snacks. A nice cafe with a balcony overlooking the High Street - which is pretty lovely to chill on before the film.


Not too expensive either AND if you do have Meerkat Movies (I hate myself for saying this but save your pennies people) you can use it every Tues & Wed.


You can also flip through a selection of their old movie posters from their outside display and purchase any of them for £5- I think that is a lovely touch.


Lovely staff and chatty,I always like it when the staff like their work place. A nice clientele and all sorts of fun things on offer for kiddies too. Also they have copies of Time Out there to! 


Yeah,we Finchley folk are lucky to have The Phoenix