The Ritzy is a Brixton institution, much loved for its friendly staff and anti-multiplex atmosphere. One of south London’s oldest picture palaces (it originally opened in 1911), today the Ritzy has still got a little of that grandeur. Its five screens are all comfortable and reasonably sized, while the programme strikes the perfect balance between major blockbusters and independent films, plus late-night shows and classics. There are also two bars, one offering a view across Windrush Square and serving slap-up café food, the other tucked upstairs inside the cinema and playing host to an array of club nights and stand-up shows.
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So we went to see Widows and at some point the screen turned black. None of the staff did anything till some of the customers got out to complain about the fault. This is a complete embarrassment, a cinema that cant play a movie!!! So after 20 minutes we went out to get a refund and the cashiers were avoiding to give a full refund.I cannot believe a cinema that cannot play a movie has problems to give a full refund and complimentary tickets to come see the movie for free, I thought this was for granted the expected behaviour.
I wish there was the option to give minus stars......
I like the Ritzy, but I can’t get away from how expensive Picturehouse Cinemas have become. The fact that you can take a beer or a glass of wine into the cinema is fantastic too!
Covers everything from live music to indy films and food & drink. Cutest little hang out, any day or evening of the year.
A hub for great cinema, workshops, gigs and other events plus a lovely place to hang out at any time of day in the two cafes!
I've watched some of the best films here that haven't been on general release - but even if you're not catching a flick, it's an awesome hangout.
Having lived in Brixton for over 20 years, I've seen many changes, but I still rate The Ritzy, the staff, the films and it's the first cultural icon in Brixton aside from the old music venues.
The Ritzy is recognised by most as a true institution for a good reason and who am I to disagree with facts!
Their selection of films is always on point (the most recent films + some amazing classics), there are a veriety of other offerings that go just beyond cinema (broadcasts of opera. ballet, theare) and on-stage acts also (comedy nights, music, etc.), the food and drink on offer is great and the staff is lovely. I've always enjoyed coming here (I love the small, cozy rooms instead of the giant ampitheatre type places).
Recently, I also watched "The Graduate" in their pop-up cinema in Pop Brixton.
I was quite excited (pop-up + cinema + classic film = amazing) but I have to say the experience fell behind my expectations. The space, whilst quite interesting is not designed for comfort (chairs are not great to sit in for 2 hours), there is a cold draft and the provided blankets were not enough to keep me warm and comfortable (well... it is in a place built with containers) and due to some technical deficulties, there were a couple of occasions where the image was lost throughout the screening.
All in all, I still am madly in love with the Ritzy (my yearbook dedication would read: "never change Ritzy!") but the pop-up felt a bit gimmicky and unecessary (when the lovely Ritzy is only 2 blocks away).
The Ritzy - 5 stars
Pop Ritzy - 3 stars :(
A real gem of a place! The perfect way to spend a cozy Sunday afternoon in Brixton – great films, comfy seats and a yummy selection of cinema treats & drinks… What more could you ask for? Easily one of the best cinemas in London.
My FAVOURITE cinema in London. Great mix of programming, lovely events and a a great view on that top balcony!
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