East Dulwich Picturehouse & Café

Restaurants, Cafés East Dulwich
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East Dulwich Picturehouse
East Dulwich Picturehouse
East Dulwich Picturehouse

A solid on-site café-bar that complements the cinema experience.

Residents of East Dulwich have long hankered after a cinema, and the launch of this branch of the Picturehouse chain – on the site of a former church hall – finally and definitively scratches that communal itch. Instead of a tea urn and biscuits, there are now three screens showing plenty of arthouse choices, plus an already buzzing licensed café and terrace.

The complete refurbishment of the building took months longer than predicted, but the result is impressive. In the café, original features such as soaring arched windows and skinny wooden floorboards are pointed up by (tasteful) tartan upholstery, a contemporary metal-and-glass chandelier, and a feature wall of wooden tablets that name-check the cinema’s ‘founder’ members.

This isn’t a one-size-fits-all chain: for East Dulwich, the seasonal menu of fancified comfort food competes with the area’s restaurants and makes great use of new-season lamb from the butcher up the road, and even claims herbs from the café’s roof garden (now a de rigueur accessory for any self-respecting London opening). East Dulwich’s many kids can tuck into reasonably priced mini dishes such as beef-and-mozzarella sliders ahead of baby- and toddler-friendly screenings.

Aware that Oddono’s, opposite, has already cornered the ice-cream market in these parts, the cinema has chosed to sell alcohol-laced ice creams from Drunken Dairy instead. As for proper booze, there are ten wines (including a Chapel Down sparkler) all available by the glass, plus cocktails. This all-singing, all-dancing offering was worth the wait.

By: Nicola Arencibia


Venue name: East Dulwich Picturehouse & Café
Address: 116a Lordship Lane

SE22 8HD
Transport: East Dulwich rail.
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Having moved just down the road, I thought I would try the cinema out for an evening showing of the new GOTG2 movie. First thing to note is that the screens are reaaaally small, and get booked up quickly. So definitely book in advance if you want to go to a peak time showing (evenings/weekends). 

The second thing I need to point out is the price of things in there. I mean, it's still a pretty novelty idea to be able to bring a pint into the screen with you, but the prices for them are not cheap. I also ordered a "large" hot chocolate and it was actually smaller than a small Starbucks sized cup... and was nearly £3!

But, food/drink prices aside, this is a great little cinema. The staff are 9/10 times very friendly, and the seats are pretty comfy too!

A great place to have a drink and eat (delicious soup and salad last week) before a film. It can get busy so allow at least 30 minutes before your film starts or you will need to wolf it down which would be a shame!

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Always stop in for a quick something when visiting the Picturehouse, great little addiiton.

The best cinema I have ever been to. Lovely staff, great food and coffee! A really lovely atmosphere

Really nice environment. Especially the conservatory and tiny garden. Good simple food.