Few cinemas evoke quite as much misty-eyed fondness among South London film fans as the PeckhamPlex. It ain’t fancy, and you’d struggle to describe the décor in entirely favourable terms, but this rough-around-the-edges Peckham institution, which recently celebrated its twentieth anniversary, has character and charm in spades. The only thing you really need to know about this place is that tickets are just £4.99 – or £5.99 if you want to see a film in 3D – all day, every day of the week. That’s it: no nonsense, no frills, no faff. The programme focuses on the latest big releases as well as the odd smaller film, which you can read about on the cinema’s delightfully gif-heavy blog.
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- You might already know how the evacuation of Dunkirk in May 1940 turned out: how over 300,000 mainly British troops escaped from the beach and harbour of a northern French port while being bombarded by the Nazis. But the power of Christopher Nolan...Read more
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- Sad-eyed and possessed of a rare stillness for stop-motion animation, this Oscar-nominated Swiss-French import beguiles you with its look, especially that of its main character. He’s a little boy named Icare, yet he goes by Courgette, and we’re ...Read more
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Peckham Plex shows a broad range of movies from arthouse to blockbuster. They make a big effort to draw in the community eg Black History Month themed flicks in October, talks from actors and directors connected to the neighbourhood, a book-sharing hub in the lobby. Also priced really well.
Love the PeckhamPlex. Where else can you watch new releases for a fiver? And I have grown to love the audience participation too - there's generally clapping at the end of a good movie. Such a gem.
Where else are you going to see a film for a fiver? Takes me straight back to the 80's with the whole vibe of the place and I love it.
I live in Peckham, I moved here back in 2014. Now the first time I went to Peckhamplex cinema to see Transformers Age Of Extinction I got sexually harassed by one of the male ticket workers - a light skinned black young man, he said some lame chat up line which was childish, I just wanted to see the movie, it ruined the entire movie for me. Now, Iv'e been to Peckhamplex many times after that & I have never seen that guy again, all the other ticket workers have been friendly & non-inappropriate, hopefully that guy was fired, I'm thankful that I never had to experience that again & I haven't let that person stop me from going to the cinema. The cinema itself is fantastic, great cheap price & the movie screen, surround sound, e.c.t is excellent.
It’s really part of the community, PeckhamPlex, and that’s what makes it interesting. It has a no-frills attitude but this makes it comfortable and more relaxing than your typical London cinema. Of course the prices help too, but it’s just a good, nice place to be-it has a soul, much like the cinemas of old, which I think is quite uncommon for the flicks these days. They staff are lovely and they keep the adverts really snappy at the beginning of a screening which is a breath of fresh air, to be honest. It’s the best cinema in London, without a doubt.
Nothing can beat the £5 tickets. The Q&A's are definitely worth keeping an eye on - every now and then you get to see some really interesting people discussing films/social issues/local matters.
I love this place! The only cinema we can afford to go big screen as a family, and it has soul! I love the way it feels like the ramshackle, cosmopolitan, rag-tag, relaxed heart of the vivid peckham community.
I always tell my non Peckham based friends with so much pride that OUR cinema charges only a fiver for the ticket! We are very lucky to have it in the neighbourhood
The BEST independant cinema. Fair prices. Good screens and sounds. Varied programming. Did I say independent? 😀