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Exclusive: a brand new 780-seater pop-up cinema to open by the Thames next month

Dave Calhoun
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Dave Calhoun

We're excited to announce that a huge brand new cinema is going to appear next month right next to Embankment tube station for the duration of the London Film Festival (October 5-16). It will hold almost 800 people and overnight it will become one of the biggest cinemas in London - but only for 12 days.

The Embankment Garden Cinema is being built right now especially for filmgoers at the 12-day festival and will sit slap bang in the middle of Victoria Embankment Gardens, the small park between the Strand and the river. The new cinema has been conceived by the British Film Institute as a solution to a lack of cinemas to serve the London Film Festival in the West End. It also means that to reach the festival's other main venues it will be just a brisk walk across the river to the South Bank or up Charing Cross Road to Leicester Square.

The cinema will be able to hold 780 people and will boast cinema-style seating, Dolby surround sound and 4k digital projection. It will also play host to an endless stream of actors and directors attending the festival with their films next month.

In other words, it will be fancy and it won't be around for long, so we can't wait to try it out.

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