Ritzy Cinema Brixton

Cinemas, Independent Brixton
Ritzy Cinema Brixton

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.


Venue name: Ritzy Cinema Brixton
Address: Brixton Oval
Coldharbour Lane
Transport: Tube: Brixton
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Having just visited the Ritzy for a special Valentine's Screening of Casablanca, I can honestly say that it's one of my favourite cinemas. 

The staff are friendly, the bar well-stocked, the seats comfy, and the fact you're able to have a glass of prosecco in your seat is just the icing on the cake. 

I'm a big fan of the varied programme and the inclusion of live theatre, ballet and opera broadcasts (and even art exhibitions now, apparently!)

Keep up the good work Ritzy.


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!


I was lucky enough to attend a premiere of a movie with the cast and crew at the Ritzy in Brixton. I loved the classic feel to the entrance and the intimacy of the actual screening area. We went upstairs to the bar afterwards which was a lot more modern looking. The cinema is really popular and since returning to watch another movie I was told it was sold out and that it is recommended that you book ahead on busier nights such as weekends. Great spot in the heart of the area!


Hadn't been here in years until recently. The Rio and Ritzy are very similar cinemas: vintage, full of character and a hub of old school classic amongst an otherwise 'hip' area.

I was glad to see much is still the same inside. A little newer but still classic. The inside resembles a lot of other London picturehouse own with local branded food and drink, and even a photo booth.

Could do with a little sprucing up inside the screens but otherwise still a great place.


Brixton institution that is really worth the hype. The whole place has a unique atmosphere. There is a lovely lobby, screens are great, seats are comfy, and whole vibe is very trendy. Worth the price tag for a great overall cinema experience. 


 This refurbished 1910 cinema is a Brixton institution; a buzzing, fun venue which has so much more to offer than just films.

Ritzy offers delicious, seasonal cocktails which use fresh ingredients alongside a range of craft beers. And if you fancy some food before your film, expect classic cinema grub such as hot dogs and burgers but with a gourmet twist; sauerkraut and sweet mustard hot dogs and sharing plates with chips, aioli, hummus and pine nuts.

And forget about sickly sweet, sticky popcorn. The Ritzy has an amazing selection of home baked goodies on offer to take into your film, such as lemon meringue tarts and gooey brownies which are super tasty.  

With all the latest releases shown in their velveteen, glamorous screens, alongside more quirky, indie film releases, this is a great cinema for any film buff. However with its fun atmosphere and lovely al fresco area in the summer, this cinema is also just a perfect place for a drink with mates


I visited for the first time a few days ago and was taken in by the old fashioned glamorous interior, large range of mainstream and indie movies on show and the lovely staff. But the best thing was the screen itself- there was so much space, large gaps between seats and plenty of leg room, and the seats are oh so comfortable! More seats could easily be added to squeeze in more punters, but I got the impression the whole idea is to create a relaxed and comfortable environment for watching some great cinema, rather than cramming in viewers for raking in the big bucks. Great job Ritzy, thoroughly impressed!


Ritzy has a great atmosphere, good movies, special offers and a good quality screen! You can go hours before the movie and grab a drink or a coffee in the bar or even just be seated there for a few drinks with no obligation to watch anything! Very cool venue.

Covers everything from live music to indy films and food & drink. Cutest little hang out, any day or evening of the year.

The Big Scream!!! Life saver when on MAT leave!!! Great spot to sit and people watch too.

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.

I like the Ritzy Cinema a lot, just wish they'd pay staff, London Living Wage. Come on, do it.

Love it, great atmosphere for serious film viewing, should just pay their staff fairly.

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 a real institution - a great range of art house and independent films and a decent food and drink offering. It's often one of the only places to show foreign titles, and they'll do special screenings of archive favourites too. When in Brixton, I like dropping in and seeing whatever's showing, although I've had mixed success with this - 'A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence' had much of the audience asleep in their chairs. 

I also visited the Ritzy pop-up to see 'The Graduate' but it's a poor reflection on the main cinema. Seats are incredibly uncomfortable, the space is quite cold and the screen cut out several times during the showing. A Picturehouse advert played pre-movie added salt to the wound by depicting a similar pop-up with superior execution (and comfy deck chairs). The film made the trip worth it, though.  


I went to the Ritzy Pop Up (not to be confused with the main one of course) to see The Graduate a couple of weeks ago and loved it! It had cute blankets to keep you warm and was a cosy space with a little bar at the back. The screen lost the picture a couple of times and the chairs probably aren't designed to be in them for longer than a couple of hours, but it was still a cool and quirky place to spend a Sunday afternoon. Also plus point, I finally saw The Graduate, and that was pretty epic! 


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 :(


Found in the heart of Brixton, this small cinema offers many hidden delights.

Firstly is the array of classic film offerings. Having recently seen Casablanca I can safely say the big screen gives them an extra dimension.

Secondly, at 6' 4", I can confirm the seats are roomy and comfortable. The smaller screens also allow for a more intimate atmosphere with less chance for annoying rustling of bags of sweets.

Finally, and the icing on the cake, you can bring drinks into the screen. A beer, champagne, if you fancy, or wine, you can enjoy a film with a true sense of relaxation.


This is a small cinema, just moments from Brixton station that is just great. The seats are comfy and not too cramped. The screen rooms themselves aren’t too big so it creates a more relaxed atmosphere for you to enjoy the film. The screen rooms offer gorgeous ornate features and interiors. There is also a small café area just outside where you can enjoy food and drinks later.

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One of my favourite cinemas, great place to hang out too.

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I've been a regular at their baby cinema for a year, which ensured I kept up with all the best films in a grown up luxury with a free coffee in hand. There's also an excellent bar and food and great selection of films.

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The best cinema in London, hands down. Large, comfortable seats, an eclectic mix of box office films and obscure art house and documentary flicks. The confectionary items are a little pricey but high end. The bar has a great selection of beers and the food is not what you'd expect from a cinema, there are no dried out nachos and ropey hot dogs here. The reasonably priced Picturehouse memebership more than pays for itself with 2 free tickets and discounts off food/drink.


Great cinema! Really nice bar at the front to have a drink before your movie. Good screens and nice vibe in there!

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!