What's not to like? Cool location with lots of pre/post-film eating & drinking options, a bloody cool bar within the picture house, generally showing some good, interesting movies, good snack options. Joint membership was one of the best presents I've received.
Patio seating with a bar. Well yes ma'am sign me up!
movies. events. inexpensive. deals and programs and incentives for cheaper viewing. the place is ok, and clean enough. Not perfect, but its fine.
One of the things I really liked about Clapham Picture House is that the seats were towelly (I know, it's not a word). Soft and plush with a nice texture and you can lean back. Further than airplane seats (in economy) would let you. Which is a big plus when viewing a film. And you can get a nice plush red cushion if you're short like me or if you are indeed a child, so you can see better.
The ticket was a good price, in fact it was 30 pence cheaper than the local cinema chain Cineworld in Wandsworth and it's a more pleasant atmosphere. (£6.50 if you're interested rather than £6.80)
Granted that I did see the film in the daytime, so there were ten people tops, but the place had a nice laid back and local vibe to it which I liked and I'll definitely be coming back here because I felt very comfortable and at ease. And you can bring your beer into the film. And your own sweets too. At least I did. In sum, soft seats, beer and your own sweets.
Eurovision chic are two words that may never have met before but this weekend at the Secret Screening Clapham Picturehouse premiere of 'Sounds Like Teen Spirit' there can be no better description. Decked out in European flags with a macarena inspired welcome party, it wasn't cool, it wasn't classy, but it man it was fun!
This little cinema is a local gem. Owned by the Picturehouse group (a small national chain that rivals the big boys with its blend of great locations and art school flicks) it stood out for it's booze packed bar and comfortable seating area. It's the kind of place I would live in if I were a local on the hunt for a relaxed vibe and a spot of wifi.
The screens themselves are pretty good, comfy seats and not too much neck straining. My only issue was the fact that in Screen 2 there was only one aisle. Sounds like a tiny problem but in fact it led to the most annoying series of chair dances every time someone needed the loo! Still great fun, good times and I know I'll be back next time I'm in the area.
Never have I laughed so much in the cinema before actually going into the film! My first time at the Clapham Picturehouse, it looks totally old-school with only a few screens and a small concession stand. We were attending for a Secret Screening and they had gone all out with staff members dressed up and interacting with the guests. Bulgaria for the Win! (Sorry you had to be there).
If you are just going for a normal showing, the place has a really cool vibe and you can relax in the bar beforehand or spill out onto the streets like other patrons. Comfy seats and even though we were sitting in the second row, we weren't paralysed after 'cos the screen is set back a bit. I agree with Lizzie, if you're going to see a film, forgo the Odeon and give your money to these guys and get a way better experience. Plus, you can have a real drink from the bar whilst you watch.
Generally excellent, especially if you can take advantage of a couple's joint membership. The free tickets you get as part of the membership encourage you to escape your comfort zone and take advantage of films you wouldn't usually see.
Like the Ritzy, the Clapham Picturehouse usually hosts the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in Feb/March each year; and for families, there are autism-friendly screenings and children's events.
The bar is pretty good, and it's possible to have healthy(ish) cinema snacks and drinks.
All in all, a great independent cinema, and membership is worth it.
I'm a cinema geek and going to the pictures is one of my favorite things to do. Last night I went here for a Secret Screening and had a fantastic time. A nice bar is attached and there even was a DJ playing music!
As cinemas go this one was ace! The seats are so comfy, they roll back so your almost lying - ahhhh..... After a cider its hard not to fall asleep in these. At £11 a ticket its about the same price as the big picture houses in central but i'd much rather be giving my money to these guys!
Oh Clapham Picturehouse how do I love thee? Let me count the ways:
1. Your joint membership which easily pays itself back with three free tickets each for me and my significant other as well as discounts on tickets all the time and membership only free screenings (of good movies too!)
2. Your popcorn, salty is best, which is oh so good
3. Your theaters which are both clean and seem to be recently upgraded (very comfy seats with the larger theater, there are 4 theaters in this cinema, having reclining chairs)
4. Location, location, location. I can literally crawl to this theater, I LIKE things I can literally crawl to :) (right off the Clapham Common tube as well)
5. Your bar, I thought this was a novel concept rampant in the UK but seems to happen in just a few very special theaters... here you can buy a pint, cocktail or wine and drink it at the bar or even better, while you are sitting in the theater watching your flick (SCORE!) Although in retrospect, maybe you should have cups guests can use to put their drinks in that fit in your cup holders... I appreciate you letting me drink wine out of a wine glass while watching the latest tearjerker starring that twilight guy, but since it absolutely does not fit into the cup holder no matter how hard I try... trust me the person sitting next to me DOES NOT.
6. Your ability to book tickets online (and if member not have to pay a fee) and be able to choose your seat for nothing extra. SO great when that blockbuster comes to town that you are dying to see but not dying to see in the first row. Also kudos to the ability to print 1 ticket for your entire party at home and just waltz on to the theater, no need to wait in line to get tickets you already purchased, whoohoo!
7. One day I am sure I will love that you also have showings for children every week as well as the "Silver Scream" showing of a new release in theater every week in the morning that is specifically for Mom's with babies who want to get out of the house and enjoy a flick.. get it? Silver Scream? oh you Clapham Picturehouse you.
Ahh! Picture houses never fail!
Old style cinema with a bar from where you can purchase drinks to accompany you into the movie.
They also play live jazz here sometimes.
Nice and small, can't beat the picture houses!
This little gem is just round the corner from my house and I'm mightily glad it is! it's perfect for a cheeky after work cinema jaunt or somewhere to hide from the light on a hungover Sunday.
The biggest screen has reclining chairs and you can buy alcohol at the bar and take it in with you. Yep, re-read that last sentance, as I'm not lying.
The one downside to this place is that the smaller screens are indeed, well... small. If I were going to see something mind-numbing with explosions and fighting (sometimes you just need to) then I might consider going to the nearest multiplex - the little screen and sound system combo probably wouldn't be up to it.
But to be fair, the Picturehouse tends not to show that kind of film and can be counted on to be showing small independant indie fims and documentaries alongside the more traditional hollywood blockbusters.
The membership is a steal as not only do you easily make your money back with 3 free tickets and reduced rate tickets after that, but you're sent weekly emails detailing member only events or given the heads up on things happening soon.
I'm actually going tonight. That'll be a large popcorn and a pint of your finest, thanks.
The cinema is nice, the chairs are comfy and I like the atmosphere on the whole. I watched Iron Man 3, but it was not so good. May be I will go to watch Love is all you need, for 116 minutes I will simply forget about the daily problems.
The Picturehouse chain just does it for me- you can have a beer, you feel human, you can go see Almodóvar and then you can go see Harry Potter. No judgement, but loads of taste.
PLUS they always do special screenings - midday screenings for people with autistic spectrum disorder (and lower volume and better lighting), for young mums with screaming babies, etc.
It's the kind of cinema I'd run if I ran a cinema. So I go there. You should, Too.
(but the Ritzy is better...)
This is a great little cinema just off the high street in Clapham.
The cinema has a real 'alternative' feel to it. It feels as if this should be a cinema showing only independent / underground films or something but the beauty is you can see all the big hitters here too.
The cinema itself isn't really huge but the atmosphere is great. There's a little bar connected to the cinema that serves nice cocktails, which is nice to do before you head into see a film.
Any SW residents, especially those in Clapham should definitely come to the Clapham Picturehouse. It's a nice night out with friends or if you're stuck for something to do on a random evening.
Like its sister, The Ritzy, Clapham Picture House makes going to the cinema more enjoyable than your average Odeon experience. I personally prefer the Ritzy for its theatre heritage and excellent homemade cakes, but Clapham is a happy second choice.
The bar/cafe is worth a visit in itself - a bustling chilled-out atmosphere, and something a bit different if you don't fancy the pub, especially good during the aftrenoons (can get busy in the eve). They also hold film quizzes there.
Although a little more expensive than some places, this place is worth it for the intimate independent feel, which gives your film an edge the Odeon can't. It also accepts the Orange Wednesdays 2-4-1 offer.
I think this is one of the better cinema's south of the river. It has 4 screens, all sizable, showing the latest releases. it has a great little bar attached to it where you can have a nice drink before grabbing one of the Ben & Jerry ice-creams and taking your seat. Sometimes in the summer the main cinema can become unbearably hot, i was seriously uncomfortable throughout the dark knight and my friends and I all felt we needed to leave and have a shower but usually it is very good.
The staff are very friendly and helpful, many seem to be young actors themselves and so have a genuine passion for the films they are showing.
Prices are also good though it is advisable to book especially for recent releases or big films as many people take advantage of this great place.
Nice cinema, really convenient for me going there after work, and then heading home after.
I like the atmosphere of this place - I like that it's encouraged to bring a drink in with you to watch the movie, rather than being a popcorn and diet coke place, you know? i mean having a drink with a movie is just a pleasant, relaxing experience. Plus the chairs here are comfy, and you can recline pretty far in them - definitely better than most other cinemas i have experienced (other than my favourite place in edinburgh which has reclining sofas as seats)
they show a quirky programme of films, and it makes for a very pleasant evening out.
it's not cheap, at £11 a ticket its on par with central london cinemas, but it's by far a nicer experience, so i'd rather spend my money here than at the bigger chainsm, most definitely.
What? I can bring my beers into the cinemas? Sold!
I like the look and feel of this place as soon as I step in as it looks deceptively like any other Clapham bar, with comfy lounges for small groups of friends to sit and chill, whether it'd be discussing their expectations of a movie they're about to watch or dissecting the good and bad parts of a movie they've just seen! Or in my case, just sit and chill over a glass of wine as the tickets had all sold out for the session I'd wanted to watch.
There's a good variety of alcoholic drinks on offer and fairly priced, however I thought the price for your normal popcorn, coke and candy combo was a little steep at 15 squids (or thereabouts). Also, was very disappointed with my cold and stale popcorn!
However, its a small gripe and I did go, late on a Sunday night, so perhaps just caught them on their off day. Apart from that, its a winning combination for me! Movies + alcohol and very comfy RECLINING chairs!
And before I forget, look at at the ceiling next time you enter one of their cinemas, its twinkling with little LED lights - makes for a very romantic evening if you're just catching a movie with your special someone...
Oh Clapham Picturehouse what happened?
The best way to describe this place now is a 'sell-out'.
It used to show loads of indie, foreign, and low-budget films, and was the perfect little quaint cinema.
Now, however, it shows 99% blockbuster films, the ticket prices have gone up to £12 per person (£12?! what?!) where they used to be around £8; and that awesome 'independent cinema' feel has completely gone. Sad, but true. And now I practically avoid it.
On the plus side, the bar serves pretty good food and very good cocktails at a far more reasonable price than the film tickets!
I used to while away the hours in the bar here, sipping pints of lager and flirting with a new beau. We had our table (the one nearest the bar, of course), the scene of many a long conversation about everything and nothing in particular. Next time I'm passing I'll step in and have a look round, I think. It's funny how familiar places can feel for a while, and how different they are when you return.
Years on the beau is gone but the lovely bar and cinema remain, and though I live nearer The Ritzy now I think I'll still use my Picturehouse card here once in a while for old time's sake.
I do recommend joining if you're going to watch more than three films a year, otherwise ticket prices can be astronomical. I know it's an independent cinema and I'm all for it, but £8.50 for a ticket on a weekday evening is too much for me!
Whilst I love the idea of a local independent cinema, I think the Clapham Picture House has lost its way a bit. Think mini-Odeon with smaller screens and less chavs, rather than cultured arthouse cinema. Prince Charles (qype.co.uk/place/72396-T…) this is not.
£12 a ticket is really pushing it, especially when you can get a West End ticket for similar prices. Similarly the films are gradually drifting more mainstream. If it was easier for me to get to, I'd go to the Odeon in Streatham, where the screen is 5 times bigger, and the prices are several quid cheaper.
I've been here twice in the last few weeks and it's fast becoming my favourite cinema in London. There's always a good selection of films, and although the screens aren't massive, the seats are sensibly arranged to that you can see the screen whether or not anyone's sat in front of you. And as a rather petite person this is a Very Good Thing. Plus the seats are very cosy too.
Not sure where everyone is getting the £12 price tag from, but my standard adult tickets have cost me about £8.50 (on a Sunday afternoon).
There's a nice bar area where you can hang out before or after the film and the staff are really friendly.
Going to the Clapham Picturehouse makes me feel like I'm going to a real, old school cinema and I love it. Discreetly tucked off the main road, it still shows all the latest films in intimate little screens and some cool arthouse indie films too if you are lucky.
They have really tasty food as well as popcorn and the rest of it and not surprisingly it's much cheaper than its blockbuster counterparts where you can pay up to £30 just for your ticket, popcorn and Coke!
Great local cinema with comfy chairs (which is a must for me as I have back problems) and the option to buy a bottle of wine to take in with you WAY too good to pass up!!
Only downfall is the price of the snacks and stuff but there's loads of places nearby to eat and they have a great deal with Bodean's across the road!
This has to be my favourite place in London. I find Clapham Picture House very appealing since I have never been into big, fancy, futuristic cinemas. The screens might not be as big as compared to other places but the quality of the picture is astonishing and the seats are incredibly comfortable. I fell in love with the old fashioned looks and atmosphere. One downside is that due to its size it tends to get packed really fast so I would recommend booking in advance. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Great local cinema. Screens are small, but picture quality and sound quality top notch. Seats are really comfy they even recline! Plus there's a great chill out bar downstairs and I think you can even bring wine into the screens.
This is a great cinema with loads of character. I went to see a movie here last night and I had a brilliant time. The selection of ice cream is great! (lots of Ben & Jerry's flavours). The seats are really comfortable and, compared to other cinemas, the length of the adverts is relatively short.
They've also done a great job developing Venn street (just off clapham high st.) Lots of new restaurants and bars surrounding the cinema. Check out the Rapscallion! Great place to go for a quiet drink after a film.
great cinema. I prefer the Ritzy but still very good as far as not-to-chainy cinema goes.
Bar is also nice, so makes a good combination for night out
Clapham Picture house is a popular place to see the movies. Its comfy, got that art-house feel but has all the big bockbusters.
It has a session on thursday mornings for mothers with kids under 1. But you can't just go along, you need to join a club.
It does get busy and full, but it has a good website which you can buy tickets in advance.
But beware, there are a few theatres in the complex but nothing is very well marked and on a busy night you might find yourself in the wrong place - like I did!
This is a great cinema that is slightly more mainstream than its Brixton and Greenwich counterparts, mainly due to its location. It has four screens, none particularly large or small but all very comfortable and well maintained. The bar downstairs is definitely a good meeting point for a pre-film drink.
Thursdays offer a parents and babies screening, and Sundays have occaisional retrospectives.
This is my favourite cinema by a long way, it's quaint and intimate but shows great films too. It has four screens all of which are rather small though some more than others, all the seats are numbered. It shows all the latest Hollywood films but is unusual in that it also shows arthouse and foreign films, where as most cinemas tend to offer one or the other. They do a variety of special screenings, often showing old films on a Sunday afternoon or female-friendly films in the daytime where mothers are allowed to take their babies in. Monday night is cheap night here so is quite busy, as is Wednesday, down to the Orange Wednesday promotion so book early. I find the website the best way to buy tickets but if you call or go down in person the staff always have lots of friendly advice if you can't decide what to go for.
If you live nearby or are a regular then I would definitely recommend becoming a member here there's an annual membership free but you do receive three free tickets (which cancels out the fee straight off) and after that you get £1.50 of your ticket every time. Your membership also gives you 20% off in the bar and restaurant, which makes pre and post-cinema drinks an absolute must!
No popcorn! On a Monday night!
Still a very cool cinema with a great bar and friendly staff but running out of popcorn.
I love going to the Clapham Picturehouse as its a nice small friendly place which has lots of atmosphere, unlike the larger cinemas and its almost an institution in Clapham.
I used to go there for every new film release that I wanted to see, however sadly due to my job I only get back to London at the weekends so now rarely get to go at all.
Its a great Cinema and I think our community will always support it.
This is a charming and quaint cinema, great for a date. It's quite nice to head in a bit early and have a drink in the foyer before the film begins. The seats are very comfortable and although some of the theatres are small, the screens and sound are all good quality. Once last thing... I have heard that there are a couple of theatres without heat, but I've always been quite warm.
Charming little sinema with very comfortable seats and cristal clear screens.
Clapham Picture house has four screens showing an eclectic mix of art house as well as mainstream films. The building itself was intended to be a cinema in 1919 but never opened due to financial difficulties. Clapham's cinema isn't as impressive as some of the other picture house venues, such as the beautiful old theatre of the Ritzy in Brixton. But it still has a certain charm about it, and it is certainly more appealing than going to a soulless enterprise like the Odeon or Vue chains.
There is a café/bar, an art exhibition area, film quiz, and even private screenings for schools.
Much more than just another cinema.
Cinemas and liquor are never a good mix for me. In the middle of the best scene of the movie, if I've been been drinking beforehand I'll have to pee. Not some weak little tinkle either, I'll be blowin' liquid like geysers. That's why, although Clapham Picturehouse is a lovely place and the tickets are cheap (£10.50 for adults Friday through Sunday), I can't get into going there. They have a really gorgeous bar and a nice large screen, but drinks and movies just aren't a good match.
I love this place, mainly because you can drink alcohol in the cinema and it's local
Another of the art house cinemas, The Clapham Picture House is small, intimate and although slightly more expensive than the alternative cinema chains, so much more pleasant.
With a small but comfortable café bar, you get much more than just a film.
After coming here I cannot be doing with the Odeon.
We go here occasionally if I'm staying over with family in Clapham. Nice, not too big, (as in Leicester Square style), but very comfortable. Local deals can be advantageous to help your cash go further. Drinks and stufdf an be a bit pricey so it might be worth taking some in with you. Plenty of eateries local to the site.
Clapham Picturehouse is a rarity in South London: a cinema that shows anything other than blockbuster movies. I used to go here a lot and in many ways I wish I still did go here rather than Cineworld. They occassionally lapse into blockbuster fare, which is weird given that their client base can go elsewhere for a Jason Statham movie. The largest screen is of an excellent size for an independent cinema and the prices are reassuringly cheap. Try the Picturehouse's membership scheme for cut-price films. The cinema bar could do with a revamp - that's an understatement, but apart from that it's great for a night out.
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