Genesis Cinema

  • 5 out of 5 stars
(9user reviews)
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Venue name: Genesis Cinema
Address: 93-95
Mile End Road
E1 4UJ
Transport: Tube: Stepney Green/Whitechapel
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This is a wonderful place to hang out over a drink, to grab a (vegan-option) slice of pizza, or to -oh yeah- catch a film. The studio spaces are wonderfully plush, with comfy sofas, blankets and pillows, tables and footstools, and a bar in each room. And the programming shows that this is a crew that really loves film, although lately it seems to be veering more toward mainstream hits than arthouse fare. Something for everyone, then.

Haley W

My favourite cinema in London. Cinema prices can seem extortionate in London often pricing over theatre shows. Be sure to catch a movie super cheap on Mondays and Wednesdays or spread out on a couch in studio 5 and still have chance in your pocket.

Izzy K

Going to regular cinema in London can be pricey, so I’m so glad to have this cinema at my doorstep. On Mondays and Wednesdays you can watch the latest productions for £4.5, but Genesis prides itself also in niche film festivals, and obviously the annual East London Film festival.

Apart from films, they venue organises a range of regular events likequiz nights or  poetry slams, while the bar and kitchen offer fine cocktails and great food, including my favourite Pieminister pies.

At busy times the main hall is rammed and it’s often really hard to navigate, but with so many indie cinemas in London on the verge of closing, I can only wish them the crowd never disappears. 

Ioanna La

Genesis cinema might not be as popular as Odeon, Vue or as posh as picturehouse or electric but it has a unique east London vibe, great atmosphere, nice staff, plenty of seats (on the big screen at least) and of course cheap tickets, only 4.50 every Monday and Wednesday! Studio 5 is their "luxury" version of "Electric" type of cinema, but cheaper! It is also available for private hire. Pop corn, nachos and this kind of stuff are slightly cheaper comparing to other cinemas. 

The building looks quite old and must have been through a refurbishment recently. There is a cafe and also a bar and a restaurant upstairs which looked good and I am definitely going to try them next time! I really love this place. No surprise it won the Time Out Love London awards!


The best cinema in East London. Very friendly staff, cool atmosphere, great screens & excellent value for tickets! Tickets are never more than a tenner - and only £4.50 on Mondays and Wednesdays!

For my birthday back in August they let me put on a screening of The Princess Bride (my all time favourite film) for me and my friends - was seriously the best birthday I've ever had!


Fed up of paying between £10 and £15 for an average chain cinema experience? Well, here’s the cure! A cute little independent cinema with very reasonable prices…

The building itself is very nice with a cool retro vibe to it. Being home to a nice restaurant, a cool bar and a trendy café, you can order anything from coffee, tea and crodoughts to beers, pies and nice cocktails (try the apple crumble, it’s yummy!). Tickets are only £4.5 on Mondays and Tuesdays, £8 the rest of the time and never more than £9.5 on Fridays and Sundays. Try to book Studio 5 for a super comfy experience: they have foot stalls, blankets and table service. Plus, they do some cool events all throughout the year. What more do you want?

This is by far the best cinema in town! Give it a try.

Jo Gowans

I almost don’t want to write this review, because I want to keep Genesis all to myself. We went to Studio 5 to see Star Wars and both agreed it’s going to become our second home. Deep, comfy sofas, foot rests, blankets and tables for your wine - it’s all you’d expect from the likes of Everyman and Electric, but for a fraction of the price. Go! (don’t go).


Genesis cinema is great! Especially Screen 5 which has been refurbished with armchairs and its own bar is super comfortable and feels just like home - except for the big screen. 

The whole area has changed so much in the last couple of years so there are some lovely places to go for a drink or dinner before as well. 

Dave C

One of the best kept secrets of East London. In between Stepney Green & Whitechapel tube stations this independent cinema shows the latest indie & commercial films in its 5 screens. Recently refurbished it now has a great café & a new cocktail bar, Bar Paragon upstairs. Went to a screening of Sunshine on Leith here followed by a Q&A with the director Dexter Fletcher who is a friend of the owner apparently. Also seen Danny Boyle here watching movies. I think they have poetry nights too, well worth a visit.