The Castle Cinema
Time Out says
Since it opened in 1913, The Castle in Clapton has been a cinema, a bingo hall, a shoe factory and a snooker club. Now, after raising £57,000 on Kickstarter, a local couple has restored it back to its former filmic glory. And it’s gorgeous. There’s an art deco bar – all elegant marble tables and velvet cocktail chairs. The boutique cinema is a bit of a stunner too, with a petite screen, 80 retro hotel seats and a curved ceiling covered in ornate gold plasterwork that’ll make your face look like the heart-eye emoji.
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Coming out of the Castle Cinema following your film you really get a sense of “I’d love to come back here!”
When you first enter up the stairs you’re welcomed by a lounge setting with a 1960’s décor but a modern finish. It creates a relaxing opening to your cinematic experience where you can relax on the sofas with a glass of wine and some snacky delights. The staff are super friendly and really make you feel at home. I suggest getting there an hour before your film to relax and have a perusal of the Hackney Citizen.
The theatre area itself is comfortable and the seats positioned well so you’ll get a good view from all angle. We sat second row from the front and I was concerned but actually it was still a really good experience and was not too close at all. Sound was good quality. There is definitely a warm cosy feeling and sets you up well for whatever you are watching.
The £25 membership is a steal and you get 2 free tickets with this as well as discounts on food and drink when you are there. I’d suggest booking perhaps the morning of an evening showing online or even the day before as seating is limited and they pretty much sell out on most weekend showings.
Very impressed and will definitely return for another visit.
My favourite cinema in London!
I have 5 reasons why:
- It's a real love project. Masterminded by two amazing people with a passion for cinema and crowdfounded by other cinephiles. The place is special for the staff and for the audience/members what can you feel instantly as you step in.
-The location is great. Situated next to the lively Chatsworth Road you can spend a perfect Sunday going around the market and then pop in the cinema. You don't have to worry about the transport, because Homerton station is only a short walking distance away.
I like the fact that the place is a bit hidden. Maybe you would never think that on top of a store you can find a gem like this.
-The interior is fascinating. The bar reminds me of the world of Great Gatsby and when you step into the auditorium it takes your breath away. The curved ceiling and the ornaments are beautiful and the velvety colours make a perfect atmosphere to relax and lost yourself in the movie. The armchairs are perfect, one of the comfiest seats in London!
-The film selection is extensive. You can find animation, documentary, award-winning movies alongside with blockbusters and art films. They host special screenings (e.g. East End Film Festival), have Parent&Baby and Matinee sessions.
-The prices are happily affordable. The annual classic membership is 25 quid and contains two tickets (so it's basically free) and other perks (20% off of the other tickets, discount at the bar etc.). They have "Happy Mondays" when the tickets are just 5 pounds.
I would recommend everybody to visit the Castle Cinema, because they can spend time in a beautiful environment, enjoy great films and support an amazing project. What are you doing next Sunday?:)
This place is amazing. A crowd funded triumph from Danielle and Asher who personally address each intimate audience. In the cinema itself the individual arm chairs are homely and comfortable and the curved ceiling of this stunning period building make this one of my favourite cinemas in London. Arrive a couple of hours early to enjoy the bar and restaurant which stands alone as a beautiful and relaxing hang out. There's so much space and a variety of cosy booths and areas and the staff are so friendly and attentive, this is a top choice to meet friends even if not seeing a film. Order the cheese truffle fries and a corona and, with the £25 annual membership giving you two free tickets, then reduced tickets and 10% off at the bar, it doesn't break the bank. Watch a mixture of documentaries, independent cinema and the latest Hollywood releases or even take the family for the matinees. I can't recommend this charming cinema enough. More independent, local businesses built with passion, care and community spirit please!!!!
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