Lucky old Whitechapel. They get to have the gorgeous Genesis as their local. Not only is it cheap, but it's also been beautifully renovated in the past two years by guys who design film sets for a living (try knocking the bricks upstairs on the mezzanine level). The end result is pretty much a perfect local cinema, where you’ll find proper old East End ladies drinking coffee next to cool kids on laptops in the café. There’s a bar upstairs, and if you want to fill your face, you’re in for a treat. Choose between crodoughs from nearby 100-year-old bakery Rinkoffs, or the snack bar with a wall of Pick ’n’ Mix or jumbo hotdogs from World’s Wurst (terrible name, brilliant bangers, from £3.90). Book seats in the Studio 5 boutique screening room with armchairs and a cosy bar for a date.
|Venue name:||Genesis Cinema Whitechapel||Contact:|
93-95 Mile End Rd
|Transport:||Tube: Stepney Green|
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- Nora (Adams) waits tables and scrapes by, single-handedly raising two teenage daughters in a clapped-out trailer. Romance seems as scarce as rain in her New Mexico backwater: Nora and elder daughter Trudi (Skye) know what it means to be left high ...Read more
- It’s more than 40 years since Ken Loach shot ‘Kes’ in South Yorkshire, taking in school and home life in an area where nature meets the mining industry on the skyline – and now the BFI is giving his most enduring film an extended run as part of ...Read more
- ‘Fifty Shades Darker’. The clue is in the title. The second ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ film is aiming for the shadows. It wants to be a thriller, where the erotic risk of Christian Grey’s sex dungeon is upstaged by actual danger (of the non S&M variet...Read more
- The young writer-director Damien Chazelle has followed his Oscar-winning drama 'Whiplash' with another entirely novel film steeped in the world of music. His soaring, romantic, extremely stylish and endlessly inventive 'La La Land' is that rare be...Read more
- Sure, it’s a rush – but is that enough? ‘Goodfellas’ is often heralded as Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece, and there’s no ignoring the full-throttle intensity and bravura visual style that underpin the real-life tale of small-time gangster Henry Hil...Read more
- Just when you thought it was safe to schedule a relaxing deep tissue massage, ‘A Cure for Wellness’ comes along and ruins spas forever. Dank and filled with an unshakable sense of dread, this stupendously icky horror film creates an unusually imag...Read more
- A summer in Brooklyn in 1947, and an infatuated boy (MacNicol) tries to learn the dreadful secret of Sophie's awful Choice. It's Pakula's first film as his own screenwriter, and his scrupulous adherence to the dense details of William Styron's nov...Read more
- This delightful animated feature from the studio behind the Minions movies takes a tired-sounding idea – a comedy set around a talent contest – and turns it into something winning and witty. ‘Sing’ is fast and frenetic, dashing from character to c...Read more
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Great local cinema! Cheap tix, fun events and promotions, various independent releases, good food and drink; couldn't ask for a better local cinema!
Its cheap and its different. Very far from any typical chain cinema and that's what makes it great. A little run down but a whole lot of charm :)
I love the atmosphere at the Genesis, the staff are all very friendly and helpful. They've got great coffee, excellent food, a really cool bar and the biggest screen in the East End so they've got you covered for a day and/or night at the movies. Excellent events and festivals going on all the time so there is plenty of selection for all film tastes. The luxury screen 5 has comfy sofas which are great for a date night :)
A splendid family owned cinema. They really care about the films they put on, often organising themed music in the bar for a one off special. Great bar and pieminster pies.
Great venue, lovely staff, amazing bar. Always interesting festivals/screenings/Q&A's taking place. Terrific value for money.
The most beautiful foyer I've ever seen. Must be one of the coolest venues I've been to in London which supports all the Arts. Amazing hidden gem.
Wow, what a venue, a real gem! I actually reserved some space in the bar to celebrate my husband's 30th birthday. All the staff could not have been more helpful. The laid back atmosphere meant that all had a great time and the cocktails went down very well too! The bar let us DJ our own tunes, on a Saturday night, and supplied us with some top notch pies too. What more could you ask for? Well maybe a good film accompanied by some good drink and snacks...well they have that too! We will return to sample the cinema delights here as well.
Very cool indie cinema, recently refurbished with a luxury screen STUDIO 5 which has sofas & a bar! Gallery, café & £3.50 on a Weds.