Lexi Cinema

Cinemas, Independent Kensal Rise
  • 5 out of 5 stars
(48user reviews)
259 Love It
Save it
The Lexi
Lexi Cinema
Lexi Cinema

One of London’s friendliest cinemas, single-screener The Lexi is run mostly by enthusiastic local volunteers, with every penny of profits going to a charity in South Africa. The programme is a mix of everything from recent blockbusters to arthouse and foreign films, plus special events, Q&As and classic movie seasons (a recent run of Francois Truffaut oldies were accompanied by cheese and wine tastings). The chairs are comfy, the sound system is second to none and the bar cosy. The Lexi team is also responsible for the brilliant outdoor cinema Nomad.


Venue name: Lexi Cinema
Address: Pinkham Lighthouse
194 Chamberlayne Rd
Kensal Rise
NW10 3JU
Transport: Tube: Kensal Green
Do you own this business?
To improve this listing email: feedback@timeout.com
  • Time Out says
    • 2 out of 5 stars
    It seems third time’s the opposite of lucky with animated franchises. Like ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Ice Age’ before it, the ‘Despicable’ series has made the short trip from lovably madcap to tedious in three films (not counting the actually-kind-of-terrif...
    Read more
  • Time Out says
    • 4 out of 5 stars
    Before seeing ‘Wonder Woman’, I got a sinking feeling. It’s been more than a decade since a woman headlining a superhero film saved the world. I had visions of middle-aged male studio execs huddled together in a conference room Googling feminism a...
    Read more
  • Time Out says
    • 4 out of 5 stars
    Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ is an exquisitely crafted drama of seduction, survival and sexual awakening in Civil-War era Virginia, with especially strong performances from Kirsten Dunst and Nicole Kidman as two teachers trying and failing to se...
    Read more
  • Time Out says
    • 4 out of 5 stars
    Armed only with their cameras and a commitment to peace, Syrian citizen journalists take on the might of Isis (here seen swarming into occupied Raqqa) in Matthew Heineman’s inspiring documentary. As frontline, on-the-ground journalism goes, the fi...
    Read more
  • Time Out says
    • 3 out of 5 stars
    Or ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation: The Early Years’. Fourth time out, there’s an all-new cast of wimps (the last lot were getting a bit long in the tooth), but the set-up is basically the same. Nerdy Greg (Jason Drucker) suffers the taunts of older ...
    Read more
    • Time Out says
      • 4 out of 5 stars
      Most modern filmmakers got their start in commercials and music video – and you can tell, every time you go to the movies. David Lynch started out as a surrealist painter, and indeed his earliest films ‘The Alphabet’ and ‘The Grandmother’ were par...
      Read more
    • Read more
    • Read more

    You may be interested in:

    Average User Rating

    5 / 5

    Rating Breakdown

    • 5 star:46
    • 4 star:1
    • 3 star:0
    • 2 star:0
    • 1 star:0
    1 person listening
    Jen M
    1 of 1 found helpful

    The Lexi is a local institution, I love it when they invite writers and directors to give an introductory talk before the screening. Big venue treatment from a tiny local outfit with heart.

    1 of 1 found helpful

    Brilliant, homely, friendly, a shrine to cinema in an inclusive and welcoming way.


    How could I have missed this for so long?!?

    Been living "around the corner" first the past two years and only managed to stumble across the Lexi recently. It's a charming venue and a lovely change to the rundown chain cinemas all over the city.

    It feels like being a child again and sitting in a fairy lights tent watching your favorite movie.

    The program is great and all the money goes to charity, which makes it even more special.

    Hopefully the Lexi will never be threatened by yet another development, but be always the small cottage tucked away in Kensal Rise...

    Mike B

    Friendly local cinema, showing the best new films plus one-off special interest ones, with a great cafe/bar.

    Rowan W

    Lovely boutique cinema showing all the latest films with reasonably priced drinks and snacks. And all for a good cause!

    Agnes B

    A charming little indie cinema in Kensal Rise with friendly staff, comfy seats and excellent choices of films & live operas.

    Ros W

    Brilliant independent local cinema showing latest releases plus opera from the Met in New York and plays from the NT. Local estate agent Greenes offer occasional "Greene Sundays" with showing of latest film at £2.50 a ticket.

    Susan B

    God, I love the Lexi: not is it an amazing cinema right on our doorstep .. but all the proceeds go to charity..

    Kristina W

    Love the lexi. Especially love the mum and baby showings, means I can watch all the latest films with my little baby! Amazing!

    David v

    Ties with the Tricycle as the best little independent cinemas in the area, maybe in London - we're lucky to have both, and I wish I went there more often!!

    Amy B

    Such a neighbourhood gem, it's so cosy, they have great showings and events, super cosy and fun atmosphere and it's a great cause too. Proud to be a member.

    Yasmin B

    The Lexi cinema is a brilliant local institution, the best cinema I have been to in the local area for sure. It’s gorgeous and intimate inside, comfortable seats and a gorgeous hanging light fixture. Great prices – look out for kids club on Saturday mornings where they show new(ish) children’s movies for just £5 a head. There are also ‘Greene Sundays’ which means you can grab tickets for new movies on Sundays for just £2.50! Worth a visit for a less ‘run of the mill’ cinema experience.

    Violet M

    Lexi is one of the dreamiest cinema's I've been to in London. An independent cinema, it's got a charming exterior like a little cottage exclaiming it's love for cinema in block letters. There is just one screen and the comfiest seating. The first two rows are actually comfy sofa chairs with pillows! Above your head, and on before the film starts, is an awesome light installation displaying various colors. It really had a magical atmosphere! 

    The only downside was that there was a £5 minimum on cards at the bar, but on the upside, the bar was fairly priced so I basically bought the entire snack bar for 5 pounds. 

    The other positive is that the Lexi is volunteer run and gives their profits to a charity. What could be better than watching a film in cozy seats, in a dreamy space and knowing that your money is going to a charity? Win-win-win.

    Henry C

    The Lexi Cinema is one of the hidden gems in the NW of London. Buried away north of Kensal Rise station it is a long standing part of the local community. Unassuming and unstated as you enter, everyone sits on free standing chairs in wonky lines which only adds to the charm. Ensure you look up before lights out, as the light fixture is beautiful.

    The screen is at the perfect distance and the selection of films is always perfect for any cinephile - no lowest common denominator fare here.

    I recommend getting their early to ensure you claim the best seats (second row from the back, to the right slightly) but even if you're a latecomer you will have a great spot.

    Matt D

    In an age of 3rd dimensioned, stupid glasses wearing, remortgage your house for a small popcorn God bless the Lexi. It's small but full of everything a cinema should be; comfy seats, and good films. Sure you don't have the choice of a vue or odeon but what you can be assured of is a great film. I don't know who chooses the film roster but so far they yet to put a foot wrong. The latest offering is Jake Gyll ... Jake Guyle ... Jake Gell ... Him from Donnie Darko's newest release, Demoliton. Which is, to my disappointment, not a prequel to Demolition Man (I can't wait till all Arnie movies get a reboot. Terminator was just the start!). So don't be fooled in to thinking small cinema, small films they have everything you want and more here. It's so unassuming as well, tucked between two houses you could easily walk past it, mistake as a large garage but don't. And with the bus stop right outside you can't complain about transport. I've been, I'mma go back!

    Ian C

    This cinema is a must-visit for any film fan. It offers a top-end viewing experience along with the warm glow of knowing that all profits made are donated direct to charity. I have visited several times and am happy to come in to London from Ascot to see my films in comfort here. My vote goes to the Lexi!

    Marion Budd

    I just love this place. Warm welcomes, fantastic films, comfy chairs - all the while raising money for a really important charity. If you haven't been yet, you should watch your next film there, but be warned ... you might just fall in love with the place!

    Alix A

    Beautiful and friendly atmosphere, and their staffed entirely by volunteers, as 100% of their profits go to charity, which is a rare and wonderful thing. Do come and see for yourselves!

    Madeleine B

    Small cosy cinema showing good films - most of the time - and when they are not quite to your liking you don't mind having spent the money as it goes to a good cause.

    Sarah E

    this is such a lovely venue- we had my husband's birthday here and showed a film. It was a very memorable occasion which everyone is still talking about! The atmosphere is so friendly and intimate you feel like its a club and you are sitting in your own lounge! Revamped bar and extension add to the space - highly recommended.....

    Amory R

    Precious, pretty, perfect selection of wines, beers and atmosphere, staffed by volunteers to keep costs low as 100% of their profits go to charity - what more could you want in a boutique cinema?

    Chris H

    A fantastic, small, comfortable, friendly cinema experience with the bonus of wine and profits going to charity

    Timothy S

    Non-for-profit cinema with a warm and friendly vibe. Constantly changing movies and shows it's a little gem to have so close.

    Jodi G

    Great films & events, great food & drink, and all profits go to a great cause. So lucky that the Lexi is my local in Kensal Rise.

    Anthony D

    Volunteer run. Screens films and Live Opera. All proceeds go to charity. What more do you want? Oh, and that bearded manager Dave is pretty much the best person I ever met.

    Joseph H

    Charming, quirky and welcoming, the Lexi is an antidote to the impersonal multiplex experience. It is perfect for true lovers of cinema and every penny of its profits goes to a charity supporting innovative, life-changing work in South Africa. London's best picture-house by far.

    Tessa v

    It's lovely having such a great resource like the Lexi. A lovely place to see your favourite films, have a drink and to meet up with friends in the area. Knowing you are contributing to a worthwhile project in South Africa just adds to the pleasure. Such a welcome addition to the neighborhood

    Sian G

    This is the most wonderful local treasure any community could be blessed with. It is a cinema that shows all the latest films and has special theatre & opera showings. It's is a beautiful, comfortable venue with a beautiful bar. It's staffed by gorgeous volunteers and All its profits goes to a school in South Africa. Every community should have one.

    David A

    Great film choice, intimate surroundings and exceptional staff - become a member and its also even better value - our favourite venue!

    Tom Bruce

    How lucky, to live right around the corner from London's best, smallest, most ethically sound cinema. After maintenance, all of the Lexi's income goes towards a sustainability charity in South Africa, so you've really no choice other than to buy six or seven beers at the bar before and after you catch whatever charming indie flick it is you've gone to see there - drink up, it's for the greater good. The film selection is discerning, as is the array of beverages and edible confections sold at the two kiosks. They now even have giant plant potters with bars to lock your bike onto outside the front the door, a lovely touch which rounds off an ever-delightful venue. 

    Tickets cost £10, or £7.50 for pesky graduated students who refuse to let go of their ID cards. Paying up for a year's membership snags you two free tickets and a discount on all Lexi screenings and consumables. 

    john E

    A wonderful intimate cinema with a great range of films. We need more cinemas like this in London.

    Johnny A

    A beautiful, stylish and friendly pocket-sized cinema showing great films, with a lovely bar too! Plus all of the profits go to charity so you can even feel good about spending your money – perfection! If you love films and don't live round the corner, you might consider moving.

    Carolyn R

    Great local venue; comfortable cinema with excellent & eclectic programmes for all tastes and ages; lovely cafe and bar; friendly & helpful staff and volunteers; and a really good ethos of helping a great project in South Africa .

    Ella B

    My favourite cinema! Very comfortable and great food. Love that proceeds go to charity.

    Adam L

    So much passion and love goes in to this cinema. It has great films, a well stocked bar, very comfortable seat and brilliant staff. Plus all the profits go to charity!

    Pauline R

    A very friendly comfortable venue where you can watch the latest films and have a drink at the same time. Made all the more worthwhile as all profits go to charity

    Fernando d

    Great place to go to the movies, proper seats, great selection of drinks, tables for your bottle of wine, get together with friends and know that you are contributing to a worthy cause and helping change and improve people's lives by just eating your popcorn.. !

    Maggie W
    Staff WriterStaff Comp

    A fun, quirky and local place to catch movies at a reasonable price... The movies vary from artsy independents to brand new blockbusters. If you think you will go often, they do an annual membership which includes a few free tickets as well and a discount on the food and drinks – a great deal! The screen and sound quality aren’t as good as a huge multiplex of course, so I wouldn’t see the latest James Bond film here… but for the occasional rom-com or indie flick, this is our favourite place to go! And the snacks are good!

    Bob H

    Who needs the multiplex when places like The Lexi exist, and it's around the corner from my doorstep! Always a great choice of films, plus they do live screenings of the Met Opera and the National Theatre. Always a friendly and cosy atmosphere, I never go anywhere else. They have a fantastic bar too, with locally sourced beers, from Notting Hill I think. They do fresh popcorn too. Can't recommend this place highly enough!