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Genesis Cinema

Cinemas, Independent Stepney
5 out of 5 stars
(23user reviews)

Time Out says

Lucky old Whitechapel residents. They get the gorgeous Genesis as their local. Not only is it cheap but it’s been beautifully renovated in the past two years by guys who design film sets for a living (try knocking the bricks on the mezzanine level). The 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, a wall of pick ’n’ mix or the finest bratwursts this side of Würzburg for £4.50. Book seats in the Studio 4 and 5 boutique screening rooms with armchairs, comfy sofas and a bar for those essential mid-movie refreshments.



Address: 93-95 Mile End Rd
E1 4UJ
Transport: Tube: Stepney Green
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5 out of 5 stars

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My favourite cinema in London! Genesis Cinema is the local cinema of Whitechapel with lots of great advantages: cheap tickets (£5 tickets during the week, £10 at weekends and 2 for 1 tickets if you have the Idea Store card), a great luxury room (Studio 5, with couches for 2 people and a bar inside the room) and big and comfy normal rooms (Room 1 can host up to 550 people so you will always find seats, even last minute). Genesis also hosts some really fun swing nights and other events in their upstairs bar. 


If you are looking for a decently priced cinema, that’s not too busy, with great pizza and cocktails then Genesis is the one! Tickets are only £10 each for adults, which is one of the cheapest I know in London full price. The pizza is only £3.50 a slice and you don’t have to queue behind twenty or so people to get it!


This relatively small cinema on Mile End Road has around 5 screens, 2 of which are ‘Studios’ with sofa seats and a bar to get drinks from before the curtain comes up.

Upstairs there is a bar serving food from pie and mash to pizza.

On a Friday evening you might be lucky enough to catch some live music in the bar before heading to your screen or studio for your film.

I highly recommend this place, it’s chilled out cinema that has a lot more to offer than just films, plus the prices are pretty good. We paid around £15 a ticket for our ‘Studio 4’ film - it was a bargain compared to Vue. Just make sure you pick seats away from fire exit lights as they were really bright!


As good as a local cinema gets. Usually has a great film selection, mixing in blockbusters, indies and classics. Incorporates local pop-up's and businesses to provide the food, coffee (Rinkoff's Bakery, Nude Espresso etc). Oh and it's £4.50 a ticket on Mondays and Wednesdays!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for screening "A Way of Life" on 7 March. It resonates so with the political climate of today. And the bonus was having the director, Amma Asante for a chat and Q & A following the film. She was articulate, informative and a wonderful model for women of color. 

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 :)


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.

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.

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Okay, so this is no Picturehouse Central but it's a nice neighbourhood cinema with a great selection of films and a good selection of treats. Not the most up-market screening rooms but the dinginess adds to the indie film vibe.

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There is always a great selection of new releases and independent films to choose from, and on Mondays and Wednesdays tickets cost just £4. Both the café and bar are great - worth a visit without going to the cinema, and one of the screens even has a bar in it too. This is definitely one of my favourite cinemas in London.

Great venue, lovely staff, amazing bar. Always interesting festivals/screenings/Q&A's taking place. Terrific value for money.


This is hands down THE BEST CINEMA IN LONDON. There I said it. Firstly, it is super cheap. You can get tickets for as little as £3.50 to new releases and on average you'll pay £7.50. Secondly, it's beautiful. Recently refurbished, nice comfy chairs, plenty of space. Thirdly, it's super cool. There is a chic coffee shop on the ground floor and a cool bar on the first floor. There's even a Bratwurst pop-up (I think it's a pop-up?) which I'm yet to try. And to top it all of, it's still an independent, woohoo! Stick it to the man and take your hard earned pennies here, you won't regret it.


I LOVE LOVE LOVE Genesis, its cute and quaint, but Screen 1 is huge, so you still can get the "big cinema" experience there. They serve alcohol at the bar, so you can even enjoy the movie a little more, that's how I ended up not remembering the first half to Neighbors. They run various events in the space too, either special film festivals or dance evenings. Even just hanging out in front of the cinema is great. Its a place to be preserved. 

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.

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