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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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.
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!