The cinema feels very exclusive, but is still very welcoming. Have a bar so you are not limited to those sugary fizzy drinks normally sold at cinemas. Catch films that are not mainstream or Hollywood blockbusters. They have lots of events, like film seasons, and foreign films, and the great thing is that they are not pricey like the neighbouring West End cinemas. The lower screening room, has slightly strange seating, the leather seats feel a tad hard for me and it slightly dips in the middle, but is where the best seats are. The upstairs screening room is the better of the two screens, a smaller room and comfier seats, a nice incline, so great views wherever you sit.
Visited Prince Charles Cinema for the first time this evening. We were in the screen downstairs. The seats seemed to be in a dip in the middle and I had to sit on my coat to see over the top of the seat in front (I am short but don't normally have this problem!). The seats were really comfy (better than most cinemas I've been to) and the picture and sound quality good but the screen was much smaller than other cinemas.
Easy to get to and it looks like the tickets are cheaper than other London cinemas so great for a bargain as it is so central.
This place is too cool. I only went for the first time last month for their Studio Ghibi month where they showed one Studio Ghibi movie a week, and my friend picked Laputa, Castle in the Sky.
Tickets are quite cheap, but prices differ on what movie you watch. They have member and non-member prices. You can get a lifetime membership for £50 or annual membership at £10 (£7.50 for concessions). Seems a good deal to get 10% off tickets and also discounts at local businesses. Unfortunately if you book online there is a booking fee, but you don't need to pay this if you buy the ticket in advance at the cinema.
They were giving out free mince pies last month at the counter, super cool. There were free posters in a bin to the right of the counter also. This is definitely a good place for fans of good and classic movies.
They have singalongs, regional/international movies that aren't usually shown in the mainstream cinemas. Overall it feels like you are sharing an experience with like-minded fans rather than a bunch of random strangers, as the atmosphere inside the cinema is so much more friendly. There were no kids kidding my chair during the movie, thank goodness, even though the movie is an animation.
Might pop back in for the right movie, I know that my producer friend frequently has his movies shown here!
Great place to catch an old favourite with other fans or see a movie you might not have heard of before. The staff are friendly, the theatre is dark with plenty of comfortable chairs and the bar is open with a selection of drinks before the showing. What more could you want from your indie cinema experience?
Tickets are less expensive than the others in Leicester Square and with a membership being only £10 annually, or £50 for a lifetime (with some other perks included besides discounted films) there really isn't any reason to not visit this place every week. Their wide selection of indie films playing appeal to any and all cinephiles, and maybe the casual viewer too.
I finally popped my Prince Charles cherry and went to see 'The Room' last Friday night. I can see myself falling in love with this place.
The Prince Charles is well known for it's collection of indie movies, while it shows some new releases, they're normally the more unusual choices over the big block busters shown around the corner on the Square.
It's true draw, however, comes from their cult movie nights. For example, 'The Room', where else could you see that in London, let alone be allowed to throw spoons at the screen? They also have double bills, marathon screenings and sing-a-long-a movies! I can't wait to see Rocky Horror at Halloween!
And they serve beer! Some of the marathons appartently do a beer & pizza night, but I haven't experienced that yet...
It was only my first time but I'll be sure to update you when I've been a few more times.
Probably my favourite cinema in London, a true indie gem. It's a real wonder that a cinema like Prince Charles can exist so close to the behemoths of Leicester Square and continue to charge more than reasonable prices as the others prices spiral out of control.
While Prince Charles offers screenings of recent releases on short runs after their main cinema runs, where they really excel is in their special screenings; double bills, marathons, q&as, beer & hotdog & action film combos, sing along events...Prince Charles are always finding new ways to make the cinema going experience that bit more amazing. Despite having a refurb within the last couple of years, it's kept that classic screening room charm and, with the addition of awesome and enthusiastic staff, has maintained a loyal following.
What are the best times I've had here? Where do I even start?! Double bills of Terminator & Robocop, The Lost Boys & The Goonies. A screening of 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams attended by John Landis. Tyrannosaur followed by an amazing Q&A with Paddy Considine & Olivia Colman. A great screening of Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion with a crowd cheering along every line. Repeat viewings of The Room, the most recent accompanied by a Q&A with Tommy Wiseau himself. Really, everyone should at least go here once to see The Room at least.
Prince Charles Cinema, you're perfect. Don't ever change.
Confused about whether PCC is the best cinema in London? Here is a Q&A to help you:
-Were you too young/non-existent to see classics like Jaws & North by Northwest on the big screen? YOU'RE COVERED!
-Are you tired of even attempting to explain who Jodorowsky is? SHOW YOUR FRIENDS!
-Just gotta throw some plastic spoons at the worst movie ever? ROOM YOURSELF SON!
-Need a little cry with a Pixar marathon? No judgement here! DO IT.
-Wanna make cat calls at Captain Von Trapp while singing with Maria? All while dressed as a nun and drinking red wine? Gurrrrllll, you are in for the BEST NIGHT EVER!
Just do yourself a favour now and buy a membership! It pays for itself in 4 films, and with the line-ups they've been having the past year, will not be a problem to do. Plus there are always weekly member specials.
Very often there are live director/actor Q&As- how cool is that!?
Clean toilets, free old posters, ticket collection outside and don't forget the happy and hilarious fellow cinema goers to sit with because they love this place just as much as you.
I happen to love the action flicks on beer & pizza nights. Obviously, the pizza isn't vegan (but they do have vegetarian one), so give it to a friend and bring your own slices of joy (no sharing).
What are you waiting for!?
Oh pcc how I love you! Just walking past the building makes me so happy! I do love seeing films in the cinema anyway but the prince charles experience goes far beyond that. I went once to a screening there of the documentary the rep (definitely worth watching) and there was a q and a after where they discussed the unique charms of a rep cinema. The panel nailed it when the said that most of the films that they show were made to be seen in a group. So no matter how big your flat screen is and how good your surround sound may be this is no substitute for singing along with the Oompa Loompas along with a cinema full of people, including verruca salt herself, or seeing rocky for the first time and responding to every blow with the whole room. Or making it to the end of an all nighter marathon and getting high fives from all the staff on the way out! Personal highlights for me have been labrynth masquerade ball and a die hard marathon for the outfits and audience enthusiasm alone! They always go above and beyond at the pcc for example when I went to an all nighter pj party they had arranged a respite area in the other screen where you could have a nap to a selection of 80s kids and teen tv. I never made it there as loved all the films being shown but the lure of Clarissa explains it all was too strong for most people and knowing we had the option was a bonus! Show me another cinema, with a bar, where onesies and slankets are encouraged and I may have my head turned but til then my allegiance is to the prince charles cinema!
I won't make this long winded, but if you're into classic/cult movies, as well as new releases, this is the only cinema in London you need.
They have singalong events, quotealongs (where you're encouraged to make as much noise as you want) double bills, and at some they even include free slices of pizza/beer/bacon rolls etc.
The kind of movies on show here include things like Stand by Me, Tarantino marathons, Scorsese retrospectives, the Toy Story trilogy, all the Die Hards, Pyjama parties.. you get the idea. It's amazing.
Best cinema ever, and also QT's favourite UK picturehouse.
The film I went to see was absolutely great but Prince Charles is definitely not my type of cinema. It lacks a proper decor and the seats are way too close to one another which made my experience a way less enjoyable. Plus the girl from whom I
bought the ticket could have been more polite. Furthermore the sound system and the picture quality were nothing more than mediocre. The only positive thing I found was the brilliant selection of films on display.
You ever have an experience where you discover something - maybe it's an amazing meal you've never had, maybe it's a new song just released, maybe it's it a girl or guy you just met - where your brain explodes with happiness and you wonder, "How the hell have I lived my previously life without you."
That's how I felt when I discovered the Prince Charles Cinema.
Tucked away in Chinatown, this place bills itself as London's only true independent cinema. While I'm not sure if that's true or not, it certainly feels independent in all the best ways.
Yes, they show some mainstream movies, but usually they're the indie ones over the mainstream mainstream (like Wes Anderson or Quinton Tarrantino.) And those happen daily.
Where they really shine, though, are their insane screenings of older fantastic movies. They first time I cam here, I saw a double feature of the original Total Recall and Robocop. Yes and more yes. But they also do things like quote-alongs (where you are encouraged to say the lines from the movie) with flicks like Anchorman or Mean Girls. Also, action packed movie nights with beer, pizza and the film for £10.
Also, they serve beer (and other drinks), if it wasn't wonderful enough already.
I saw the first film of my double feature and immediately went and bought a membership. It was £10 for the year and knocks anywhere from £2 to £4 off the price of a ticket to a film. How awesome is that? Plus my card has a picture of the Terminator in a crown, so that's officially the best card I have in my wallet now (sorry HSBC Bank Card.)
I love this cinema. I'm in love with this cinema. I'm not sure how I've lived my life without this cinema previously.
Ah sweet PCC.
I "came across" the Prince Charles because our fearless community manager Alex was tweeting about them and I was intrigued. The 16-year old V who went on to work as a projectionist for 6 years is ever intrigued by movie theaters of any kind, especially those which tout independence, and play the kind of movies that just aren't seen in theaters these days.
Like: Fight Club.
Like: A 12-hour Lord of the Rings marathon.
Am I joking, you ask? Heck no. This place really plays everything I was too young to see or remember seeing in theaters, as well as a huge array of outrageous all night marathons with great themes like John Carpenter, Quentin Tarentino and Wes Anderson.
Basically, this is one of my favorite places in London. Definitely worth the membership fee, because when you go once, you're definitely going to want to go back.
A London cinema institution.
Old school cinema, with comfy chairs and a slightly odd yet endearing configuration when you look up at the screen in a reverse raking effect.
The tickets are cheap (although they won't have the films for a few weeks after their release dates), the food and drinks are reasonably priced.
They put on film festivals, sing-alongs, quote-alongs, all night screenings (Every Wes Anderson film in one sitting recently!) and other interesting and crazy events.
Keep an eye on the listings, they change regularly.
They call it a cinema, but this place is way more than that, it's a whole experience in itself.
I came to see the London premier of an old skateboarding movie called Bones Brigade and the atmosphere was great with the crowd hollering, whooping, making jokes, laughing out and loud and generally interacting with the film and other people around them.
The seats are big, spacious and comfy (although a little high so your view can be obstructed a little if you're little) and you can even drink beer in there.
Another great part of this place is their SING ALONG CINEMA sessions where you can, well as the name suggests, sing along to the cinema. They play things like Grease, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Mumma Mia and so on so it's nice and easy to sing along.
They also have compulsory fancy dress nights and marathons of famous trilogies or collections of movies by a certain director that go all night. Brilliant.
The place for lovers of the cinema golden age.
The Prince Charles' downstairs theatre is unlike anything you'll be used to, with a seating area that slopes up towards the screen. But, likewise, the screenings, pricing structure and approach to concessions (hello, inexpensive beer) are unlike anything you'll be used to. The Prince Charles makes your movie-going experience rather an easy-going pleasure instead of a frenetic rip-off.
I thoroughly enjoyed my Saturday matinee viewing of Moonrise Kingdom at the Prince Charles after trying and failing twice to see this flick in a conventional cinema when it was first released (it was always sold out). Sure the popcorn they sold me was a bit stale, but on the flipside it was cheap. Yes, I had to do a bit of chair shuffling, as some tall guy decided in a half-empty cinema that he needed to sit right in front of me.
But the Prince Charles's charm has most certainly got to me. I can't believe it's taken me four years of living in London to finally catch a film here. I don't think I'll be getting tickets for the Sing-a-long Sound of Music like the girl in front of me in the queue did, but I hear there's a Muppet marathon on in August. I'm totally in for that. PIGS IN SPAAACCCEEEEE.
"They're eating her...and then they're going to eat me...OH MY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!"
"I did not hit her! It's not true! It's bullshit, I did not hit her! I did NAAHHT!... Oh, hai Mark."
"Do not disturb my friend, he is dead tired."
PCC is pretty unique and has survived the demise of the midnight film theatre and is one of the few places which still offers that sort of thing.
The film choice is what can only be described as eclectic - limited run films (such as Iron Sky - the one about Nazis on the moon), classic films (a diverse selection from The Iprcress File to Spirited Away to No Country for Old Men), and then the cult films, ranging from 80s horror films (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) to The Good Bad Film Club (featuring films such as the life-changing The Room and Troll 2). They also have special event nights such as 'Swear Along with..." (South Park/Team America), 'Beer, Pizza, Explosions!' for a lazy Sunday night (with Rambo, Predator, or Commando), and Trilogy nights (Indiana Jones - not the 4th one; Die Hard - not the 4th one). Whichever way you cut it, they have something for everyone.
I've only been to the main screen with its large, rather tall, comfy, reclining seats (I always wonder whether the shorter people in the audience can see, but it seems like it's not a problem), and the floor dips in the middle, so the vast majority of seats look up towards the screen. It's far nicer and more comfortable than most cinemas out there (and there's no sticky floor!), and I think I could manage a trilogy session there.
Pricewise, it depends on what you see and the time: matinees are £8, evening/weekends are £10, seasonal films are £6.50, and sing-alongs £15. The reasonable £10 annual membership gets you a couple of quid off every film, so as Peter S says, it pays itself back fairly quickly.
I must say, I've really avoided going to the cinema in general in the last few years, maybe going about twice a year. Ridiculous prices, uncomfortable seating, the sticky floor, sticky seats and textbook cinema smell...I've just not really been all that excited about the experience. PCC, however, does so much right and it's just so much more fun than going to your average cinema. I mean, how many Odeons do you know which are allegedly haunted? How cool is that?
I can afford to keep this one brief.
I come here a lot.
It's cheap as chips.
It's as cute as a button.
It's always got interesting films and special nights. It does sing a long Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Can't fault the place.
Best cinema in London, hands down! I love it here! I've been coming here for years but only became a member the other day. Which gives you massive discount and loads of great offers. And is only £7.50 a year if your a student! I went to see Mean Streets on sunday which is an underated classic with Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro! Amazing place! Everyone should come here! They'd be fools to go to the cinemas just around the corner in Leicester Square which are literally daylight robbery!!!!
£1.50 for a film in Leicester Square? You've got to be joking or mad or..... just maybe you've discovered the Prince Charles cinema.
Located in a side street about 50 yards off Leicester Square, you'll find this little gem showing a mix of films - some recent screenings as well as older films, usually grouped into themes. They also host sing a long events when the cinema descends into a convent of nuns or Rocky Horror Show fans in full costume!
There are 2 screens. The upstairs cinema is slightly more expensive than the downstair. There's a concession stall on the ground floor and a bar. The screens won't be the largest you've seen but perfectly adequate for the size of the cinema.
So wander down and have a look at the films showing on the boards outside and you could save yourself a fortune.
I presumed that the person who had told me there was a Leicester Square cinema that charged £4.50 or less a ticket was stuck in pre decimalisation! I was staggered to find out that they were right and that it's possibly the best place in London to see a movie if you like the 'authentic' feel.
I went along to one of the Monday night double bill showings - 2 movies for the Princely sum of £9! You're probably lucky to get the first 20 minutes for that price in any other Leicester Square cinema!
It has one of those lovely lived in feelings - old plush red seats, no automated ticketing systems of any kind and a bar right ouside the door to the downstairs screen! You can even hire screen privately - If I ever win the lottery I'll be indulging in a 6 film Star Wars marathon...
It's a pretty easy choice with this cinema - if you want to go somewhere that feels like it believes in the magic of the movies and doesn't have the sterile feel of the multiplexes then the Prince Charles is for you.
One proviso - I love this place but I wouldn't come and watch a special effect laden blockbuster here as the screen isn't the largest. They probably wouldnt' show them anyway!
This has to be one of the most beautiful cinemas in London. The red seating is on a decline that at first seems strange. I quickly adapted and slipped into a relaxed state. The deep red curtains that line the perimeter gave off a warm, theatrical feeling and mixed with the lighting I felt like I was in another world.
You can watch current films at the Prince Charles Cinema for £1.50. This is incredible value. I have a special fondness for this due to the regularity that this cinema screens thought provoking movies like The Corporation and The Secret. The screen isn't the biggest in London and the food options are limited to popcorn and sweets. Other than this Prince Charles Cinema is fantastic.
This place is great! Cheap tickets. Booze and salty popcorn. Comfy seating.
The downside of selling cider and beer is the need to use the loo midway into a movie. So I suggest trying to find a spot near the end of the row and maybe up a bit higher so as not to disturb anyone.
Otherwise an awesome spot to watch a movie.
I still am only just coming to terms with how good this place is, and how cheap it is.
We came to see an independent film that we couldn't see at regular cinemas. The location is great - right by Chinatown and Soho. We got some Chinese bakery and snuck it in (teehee!).
The seating plan was interesting, there is a dip in the middle so that - I assume - people at the back can see. However, we sat in the middle, and watched the whole film whilst feeling rather 'short'. It was only when leaving did we realise our error. Perhaps the middle is for the tall people?
You can become a member to the Prince Charles Cinema for about £10 (changes from time to time I think) and then the films are even cheaper. If I lived/worked closer, I would certainly do that!
The downstairs cinema has some of the comfiest cinema seats I've ever had the pleasure of dropping my ass into. They are at a weird sunken angle, which I thought would be annoying at first, but ends up giving you the sensation that the screen is right on top of you. Rad.
After one visit I went back for a membership, and have already gone a couple times for cheap after work flicks. It's a nice feeling when you get to avoid normal London movie prices. Not only that, you can grab a pork bun in Chinatown on your way in.
Finally, it's got a great movie-nerd vibe. I went recently for a screening of the modern masterpiece 'The Room' and was amazed at the size and enthusiasm of the crowd. Great movie choices as well- lots of classics, cult classics (anyone want to join me for Blue Velvet next week?), and quality second-run flicks.
Easily one of my favorite discoveries in London to date, and a place I know I will be spending a lot of time. I'm pissed I didn't find out about it sooner.
I heart Prince Charles. Not the dude who married Camilla (well actually, he's not so bad) but the wonderful cinema located just around the corner from Leicester Square. With the cheapest tickets around, they guarantee repeat custom, but those busy little bees at the PC don't let that stop them from coming up with ever more intriguing ways to tempt more film buffs into their creaky old building. From £1.50 showings to double-bills, Sing-A-Long-A Sound Of Music to masked ball screenings of Labyrinth, and the ever-popular membership card for even more money off, they pride themselves on ingenious ways to enjoy the magic of movies without resorting to 3D or smell-o-vision.
Yes, the seats are ancient (albeit a lot more comfortable than many modern cinemas) and admittedly the sound quality is pretty poor, but you have to suck it up and enjoy the old-school experience. They keep prices low by only showing films which are no longer screening in the main cinemas, so don't expect to find the latest chart-storming blockbuster. But it's perfect for when a flick you've been looking forward to watching has come and gone from your local Odeon and you don't want to wait for the DVD. They also tend not to have repeat screenings in one night, but that's often the best part. Sometimes, when I have an unexpectedly free evening, I take a look at what they're showing at the PC that evening and swing by to watch a film I wouldn't otherwise have seen.
They're also the spiritual home of The Room, the "best worst film ever made". If you've never witnessed this phenomenon . . . there's little point in trying to explain. All I'll say is that it must be experienced at least once in your life, although go once and you won't be able to stop. Be prepared for shouting, booing, screaming, mild hysteria and to have the sound turned up louder than usual but still have no idea of the plot, because a) you can't hear it and b) there isn't one. And don't forget your spoons.
While I've known about the Prince Charles Cinema for some time now, it was free tickets to see the famed 'The Secret' (thanks to Energy Alchemy) that got me in the door. In a country that keeps me scoffing at prices, Prince Charles Cinema is one stop that won't break the bank. If you're a member, a ticket rings in at a mere £1.50 and for the casual viewer, you'll never pay more than £4.
While I was eager to enjoy Nachos (my favourite cinema snack), the food selection is a little weak. Fortunately, a large sweet popcorn was soon in hand and had me forgetting about the wonderment of jalapeños.
So, nothing in this place is as big and luxurious as other locations but the low-budget tickets trump it all. Plus, I also much prefer choosing my own seat, North-American style, I love the element of competition with other theatre-goers to get the best view.
Long story short, Prince Charles Cinema shows movies that are just out of the regular cinema at a fraction of the price. The central location makes it a great meet up for north-south friendships and the prices can't be beat.
The Prince Charles Cinema scores 5 stars several times over for its old-school big screen, inspired events, fantastic listings and general sense of film-loving fun.
Sink back into one of the super-comfy seats facing their big screen and it's like stepping back into a golden age of cinema. The rows of seats slant up towards the screen rather than down towards it. This means the screen towers above you, and, looking along the tops of the seats towards the screen as you do, makes it a feel like more of a communal experience. The second screen is more modest, but given a hint of fun and class by the stars-at-night lighting on the ceiling and the Frank Sinatra soundtrack playing before the film starts.
The films shown are those at the end of their run elsewhere in London, but also older classics and cinema curiosities too such as 'so-terrible-it's-a-cult-film' Birdemic. Prices are reasonably cheap, particularly if you buy the £10 annual membership: unlike the other independent cinemas in London (Curzon, Cine Lumiere, ICA, BFI) whose discount-securing membership schemes are seemingly calculated to pay off only after seeing 20 odd films, the £2.50-£4 discounts earned by £10 Prince Charles cinema membership means that membership pays off almost immediately. Kudos.
It also hosts plenty of events for the more dedicated film lover: midnight-crossing triple and quadruple bills (often trilogies or quadrilogies), singalongs and even quote-a-longs, in turn giving you a glimpse into the sub-culture of film fandom.
With its old-school feel, honest pricing and fun celebration of all aspects of cinema, it almost doesn't come as a surprise that directing legends of independent cinema Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith and Nicolas Winding Refn have gone out of their way to support the Prince Charles' existence and urge cinema fans to do likewise. I was lucky enough to catch a memorable post-'Red State' Q&A there with Kevin Smith and his passion, humour, hilarious story-telling and honesty were all there to see.
Cinema or no cinema, this is one of London's gems in its own right.
I love this place,
You only find special places like this by living in london for a while,
and price..........5 STAR
My favourite cinema in London...possibly the world. They whole vibe and attitude of the PCC is perfect for people that love cinema but aren't willing to crawl up their own backsides over it just yet.
I wish they would still do a proper Rocky Horror shadow cast showing (Singalonga doesn't count) but even with that gone the PCC is still a great place.
Firstly, the value can't be beat in London and especially for a Leicester Square cinema. The rest of the cinemas in Leicester Square will cost you £10 or above even for an afternoon showing.
At the PCC a first run showing in their small upstairs cinema will cost you £7.50 without a membership or £6 with a membership. It is the second run showings in the main downstairs cinema where the value really shines though. Without a membership the showings will cost you £5 but with a membership they will cost just £1.50 for a matinee!
Part of what is so great about the PCC is that the second run films aren't just thrown into the schedules. They are usually interesting films that might have only recently come out of the first run theatres or they could be real classics. Their double bills are always good fun and could be something like two Brat Pack films back to back or films that are tenuously linked by an actor. Either way, you know the people attending will be of the right spirit and the experience will be as good as the films.
I have, more than once, paid to see films at PCC that I actually own on DVD. If a cinema can manage to get you to do that they must be doing something right.
I thought I would just add a couple of words to the reviews on this wonderful place about my experience at the Halloween "Rocky Horror Picture Show" sing-a-long. As an avid fan of the film, I was very excited when my friend suggested we should spend our Halloween night here. This was my most memorable Halloween experience ever.
Since me and my friend are a bit on the shy side and did not really know what to expect, we only decided to dress as 'transilvanians' but you should have seen how many 'Dr. Frank-N-Furters', 'Rocky's, 'Janets', 'Brads', and 'Riff Raffs' were present at the screenings. This was not your average screening, mind you, since everyone was drinking, there was an entertaining host, a goody bag with items you had to use throughout the screening and you can imagine the fun we had when 'the Time Warp' came on.
This is not an experience for the faint-hearted, and I would imagine that it would be a nightmare for anyone who does not know the films well enough or who hates musicals. But with many other sing-a-longs lined up, musical lovers unite and come experience these wonderful sing-a-long events.
Okay so there's a mustiness aroma vaguely reminiscent of wee when you first walk in, or maybe that's just because i'm overly hygenic, perhaps even OCD at times.
This cinema in central london is one of a kind and I adore it, so much so I demanded from the boyf a lifetime membership as a birthday gift. SO worth it.
You could choose to go to one of the corporate big boys in the Square round the corner at £16 a ticket per adult plus £12 for what is essentially syrup and water and some popped corn drenched in heart-attack inducing sugar sullenly served. Or you could pay £1.50 (at it's cheapest) or £7 at it's most expensive to see a new, recent, or avant-gard classic film and glug a reasonable £3.50 half bottle of wine at the same time, served with a smile and a chat from the film-lovers that work there. It's a no-brainer.
There is nothing not to like; if you pay the little bit extra you get to go to the plush leather seats upstairs with maximum leg-room; otherwise pay the cheap rates downstairs and catch a flick with an ecelctic mix of tourist, media student, penniless bum and who knows who else.
Perfect whether you're on your own, with a date or with a bunch of mates.
NB: perhaps don't drink as much wine as my pal and I did during die hard four and chatter at full volume (though we were convinced we were whispering). having said that, our neighbours were INCREDIBLY tolerant. apologies neighbours and apologies PCT. although i have been VERY well behaved on all subsequent visits.
I like how they do Q & As here with filmmakers and how they do special screenings. They really seem to do a good job of catering to making their customers happy.
Its in a great location, right next to a place called Leicester Square, holding up right next to all the big monster theaters. There are a variety of places to eat, and is neighboring Chinatown & fast food joints. The times I've been in this area, its always been packed, tons of random people, doing random things.
The downside of this location is there's a public toilet right in front of this theater, and its pretty gross walking out to some dude peeing.
Its cheaper than the monster theaters, and they show the films that are not as mainstream. Prince Charles Cinema is special, its what the cinema used to be.
I love love love the PCC! Though their tickets prices have been fluctuating a lot, I have no problem with that because I have a membership =O)
They are now also doing one Golden Ticket show a week meaning a movie that only costs... £1! Yes. £1. Sometimes it's quite a surprise.
When a movie that looks interesting to me comes out (not anything I'm dying to see), I like to wait a few weeks to see if it will make it to the PCC. Sometimes they do. Sometimes they don't. But I've rarely been devastated from it. Then I gladly buy my discounted membership ticket, munch on some home-made cookies, and sit back and relax in their comfy new leather chairs.
If you're really into film, and love a mix of independent and more mainstream pictures, Prince Charles is one of those places you come across and are so happy, you almost can't believe it exists, it's just such a treasure.
Firstly, the location is incredible, I mean, its in Leicester Square... just on the edge of Chinatown. There's always a good mix of films playing - usually something foreign, something independent, and then a crowd-pleasing mainstream flick.
But what will make you a devotee is the fact that they have *amazing* offers... £10 will make you a member for a year, and then you get a discount on admission: it's only £1.50 for a matinee and £3.50 evenings/weekends. Even if you decide not to pay the nominal membership fee, ticket prices are no more than £5... which is all such an incredible bargain to see films properly on the big screen.
And don't worry, you don't feel like you're in the bargain basement of movie theaters...it doesn't smell, your shoes aren't sticking to the floor, their two theatres are good-sized... the vibe is more just cool and independent... the type of more off-beat cinema you'd find in Shoreditch - there's an very indie charm to it all.
The staff is also great. Not only are they super-friendly - they know their movies... they'll be upfront whether or not a movie is really worth seeing if you ask them for their opinion and fill them in on your own taste in film. The experience is all very personal... much like the movie houses of old must have been, when the same person who takes your ticket is the one who got you your popcorn.
They also host a monthly singalong for "The Sound of Music"... I haven't done it yet, but I've talked to some of my friends who have and say it's *so* much fun... it's definitely on my "to-do" list.
The best cinema in London (if you are lucky enough and pick a day where a half decent film is playing)
The Prince Charles Cinema is an unspoilt cinema in the heart of the West end that shows a variety of films- both art house and popular blockbusters- at a quarter of the price of Leicester Square cinemas. The films shown are usually a few months behind the timetables of other cinemas- you can usually catch a film at The Prince Charles Cinema if it has stopped being shown on general release.
With its red, velvet curtains, double seated sofas, mezzanine level seating and bar, the cinema is a perfect place for a date, and a cheap date at that. Some of the showings cost as little as £1.50.
Great cinema in Central London, they show lots of alternative movies, host singalong nights! (yay!) and the tickets are CHEAP!
Become a member and tickets are even CHEAPER!
A great cinema!
A real gem - great programming (both rep and indie) that promotes a community vibe, plus totally decent prices. If you're a local, it's definitely worth getting a membership. I usually only see films here or at one of the Picturehouse cinemas.
I remember the first time a friend took me to the Prince Charles Cinema. I was astounded - a film, in Leicester Square, for only 3 pounds! I was a student then, so I even got a concession. As we descended the stairs, I was expecting a dingy little cinema, with grubby furnishings. Instead, to my surprise, there was film memorabilia and a small bar. The drinks were even allowed inside - a phenomenon I thought only happened in Europe. There were red plush chairs to sink int after a busy day in the city.
Even the films were to my taste, most were quirky and well made films that had come and gone from the cinema a while back. This I think is a ploy of genius, allowing you to revisit old favorites in the big screen or catch up on that one you missed. There are some fun screenings as well, like the sing-a-long Mamma Mia, which sounds like a great Sunday with the family!
I would refine my drafted review more - but it pretty much covers all bases! I had been meaning to come to this cinema for months after signing up to the weekly newsletter and when I finally got around to it, I was not disappointed.
Amazing seating, there's a dip in the floor and it rises towards the front, which is surprisingly effective.
From reading the weekly newsletters, its obvious they have a great taste in film and come up with imaginative concepts to add a little extra to your cinematic experience (like 'Rex Manning Day' for a screening of Empire Records - dressing up encouraged!).
Also, it's independent, so you feel good spending money there.
A final bonus is that it has a great central location for getting food beforehand from Soho or Chinatown - a good idea for an unusual dinner and movie date.
Where do you start writing when you are greeted rudely by a dressed up Frank N. Furter? Oh Yeah. We were greeted rudely by a dressed p Frank N. Furter. We were yelled at for getting drinks and being laggers. Well all in the theme of a singalong rocky horror picture show.
Everyone made such an effort to dress up and the goody bag was much enjoyed- especially the latex glove. With a lot of instructions we managed to learn the dance moves to the most important songs and to shout "Ar#$hole" at brad and "SL*T" at Janet.
The only thing was that there were long queues for the bar and the loos, and that is never good, even in a room full of a lot of people essentially hanging out in their underwear.
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