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  • “What more can we ask for; a great film and a glass of wine or beer to have with it!” in 22 reviews

  • “The ground floor is home to the bar, cafe and an open space which is often bulging at the seams with exhibit, fashion shows, live music and all kinds of wonderful arty paraphernalia.” in 4 reviews

  • “The decor of the bar area is arty and you can relax on comfortable sofas whist enjoying a drink or something decent to eat.” in 2 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    2/12/2013

    After more than two years living in London, I finally caught a flick here recently. Two visits later, and I am hooked - it's become one of my new favourite cinemas!

    It gets my seal of cinema approval: reasonable prices for tickets AND snacks, comfortable seating, high quality screens, clean premises, and it's usually showing the films I want to see. Oh, and you can take your booze to your seat with you.

    I just wish I had known the full extent of its awesomeness YEARS ago - it would have likely saved many a trip to some of London's dodgiest cinemas.

    (No, I'm not a total cinema snob, not ALL of London's chain cinemas are terrible...just a few of them.... Vue Leicester Square, I'm looking at YOU!)

    Anyways, this delightful independent venue not only houses 3 cinema screens, but a cute cafe, an art gallery and a mixed-use performance space, and some of the listings look great - if you're into comedy or spoken word, I'd check it out.

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/7/2014

    Superbly unassuming little place. Only went to the restaurant, not the cinema nor the gallery. The food is inventive and tasty!

    I had the Menthi Paneer with a Chaat starter. Totally flavoursome and the spice was the perfect balance for someone who doesn't adore heat!

    Menu has options for all, try the Mango Lassi with anything! Smoothest one I've had for a while!

  • 4.0 star rating
    26/1/2014
    1 check-in

    A cinema with a distinct community feel, Rich Mix is an independent culture centre that is ingrained with the local community and it's great to see it sticking to its true roots.

    The cinema is very reasonably priced for both tickets and snacks and on a Monday and Tuesday you get cheaper tickets if you're a member of Bethnal Green library.

    They show an amazing selection of entertainment from blockbuster movies to small budget indie films. They also host any number of events from comedy to acting to art showings.

    The cinema is very comfortable and your allowed to take alcoholic drinks in with you which makes for a nice change.
    The events hall downstairs is always having something different on and creates such a buzz as you come in.

    One little thing to note is that the queues for the tickets can get quite long. I would definitely suggest buying your tickets online before you go.

  • 5.0 star rating
    31/10/2013
    3 check-ins
    Listed in Shoreditch

    By far my favorite space to catch a flick in East London...

    First, let's talk about the superiority of the snack bar.

    1. Pick 'n Mix candy! All sorts of total crap to rot your teeth and burn through your stomach lining. I'm on board! I particularly like the sour candies, but they also have quite a bit of chocolatey stuff.

    2. Popcorn -- not too heavy, just perfect.

    3. Fountain drinks! American sized, it seems.

    Ok, so you're situated now, on to the movie!

    I highly suggest ordering tickets ahead of time online and printing them out. The one major mishap at this place is the ticketing/que process because the seats are reserved and the cashier spends about 10 minutes with each person. It is not an expedient process during busy times such as weekend nights. Just buy online, so much better!

    The theaters themselves (I believe there are 3) are very comfortable. Like I mentioned, assigned seating. Leg room. They often have new releases (not all of them, but usually the "smarter' ones).

    I've only viewed movies here, but it is a cultural center with art shows, performance art, cafe, and a variety of other things I've yet to check out. You can also get a discount if you are a resident of Tower Hamlets, just FYI!

    Also, Captain Phillips is very good. If you are reading this now, you should go see it.

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/10/2013

    After drinking at a local bar in Bethnal green on a Tuesday, my friend suggested we check out Pongathon at the Rich Mix. My confused face complimented my lack of understanding of the jibberish she had just said to me. And what sounded like an Indian cuisine, turned out to be nothing of the like.

    As soon as you walked into the venue, you could instantly hear (and see) ping pong balls bouncing off tables and walls. Since i've grown up with a ping pong table in my family's lounge room and am proudly a quarter Chinese, this game was right up my alley. You can either rent a table at an hourly rate of £25 or simply turn up to a monthly Pongathon night and verse others free! Not to mention competing against their unbeatable robot machines that spit out ping pong balls faster than you could yell 'Yelp." You might even be good enough to win free drinks at the bar by showing off your hand skills. And possibly some female attention.

    My friend and I entered the sofa competition where we had to sit on a, surprise surprise, sofa while versing the scary robot machine. Whilst wittingly naming ourselves 'The Azns', we unfortunately came third. But will definitely be back there again soon!

  • 5.0 star rating
    14/12/2013

    Good choice of events every week. Definitely worth checking out.
    Screens aren't as big as the odeon but feels a lot more cosy.

  • 4.0 star rating
    19/3/2013
    1 check-in

    What a cool venue! I stopped in here randomly one night while out in Shoreditch, and I was so excited to see all of the things that happen in one place. There was a show going on in the venue downstairs, which was really cool to peer down upon from the mezzanine/gallery. I was only in the gallery because I was on my way to the cinema, which was amazingly soundproof, cozy and intimate.

    Everyone I interacted with here was friendly and helpful--it felt like a place where people who love art in all forms can find a place to enjoy. Their cinema prices were really reasonable for London, and I think they have a student discount too.

    I would never have known RichMix was here if not for walking by randomly one night when a show was going on, but I'm really excited to start keeping track of it for future fun events.

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/2/2011
    ROTD 28/7/2011

    Soooooooo much better than the trash bag tourist trap cinemas in Leicester Square. Dont even bother seeing a film any where else, you have to come here. I insist on it!

    Its not just a cinema, this is a bar / performance venue and a cinema all combined. Shove that in your pipe and smoke it Vue Multiplex hell hole!

    I loved the decorations in Screen 1. Loved drinking cider in the bar watching the musicians set up. Loved taking my cider to watch the film with me. Loved how the bouncers don't bother searching your bag even on a Saturday night (to get to the screens you have to walk through the bar, so this is a pretty unusual thing) so I could wash down my cider with bagels and cakes from Brick Lane.
    Not so much love for the lack of toilet paper in most of the toilets though. come on, help a girl out here, a little tissue in a toilet never cost a business all its profits.

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/1/2011 Updated review
    7 check-ins ROTD 7/4/2011

    Star 1 - you can take drinks from the bar into the movie - proper pints!

    Star 2 - they do Orange Wednesdays but it's not the 'buy your tickets 3 hours before the showing' horror experienced at most multiplexes.

    Star 3 - the concessions stand is cute and a bag of peanut M&M's is not that much more expensive than Tesco's.

    Star 4 - Their choice of films is mainstream sometimes but they don't show as many of the crap ones.

    Star 5 - they sometimes don't bother with trailers or adverts and just show you the film.

    Bonus star - nothing is being shown in 3D so no 'stupid, headache inducing, image dimming' specs! And no inflated ticket price to go with them. Hooray for 2D cinema!

    5.0 star rating
    23/10/2010 Previous review
    How have I never been here before?

    No more Vue for me, just comfy seats in a cool cinema with trendy…
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  • 4.0 star rating
    13/10/2011
    2 check-ins

    I'll admit it, I saw a really crap film here. It wasn't crap, it was actually really entertaining. It's just that it had Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig dressed up as hard men cowboys fighting aliens. It was epic. I repeat EPIC.

    I really like this cinema, they can't organise a piss up in a brewery but as far as indie picture houses go, they are pretty awesome. The tickets are great value for money and they have quite a few small screens so it's nice and intimate when you watch something.

    They also sell beer. Oh, and they sell wine. All that you can consume while watching your movie.

    That's not all though, they host performances here, host exhibitions and even have creative office spaces. It's all very Spital'dicth if you ask me...

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/11/2008
    Listed in My Neighborhood

    Although I can barely forgive the Rich Mix for screening the horror that was The Women, I must concede that its opening on Bethnal Green Road has been a bit of a God-send to us cinematically starved Shoreditch residents.

    A cultural centre complete with three cinema screens which also plays host to gigs, fashion shows and other events, the Rich Mix is a contemporary, inviting and downright cavernous space near the Shoreditch High Street end of Bethnal Green road.

    With its sights set firmly on promoting marginalised and up-and-coming artists, the Rich Mix might have been charged with being a bit too avant garde were it not for its ingenious film programme which encompasses both the pop cultural - James Bond - and the niche - case in point, the recent Raj Kapoor season.

    A fully equipped bar lends the Rich Mix a sophisticated and decidedly adult - no not in that way! - edge. In retrospect, perhaps I should have hit the bar before watching The Women, it would have made that particular blip on the Rich Mix's almost faultless programming record a lot more entertaining.

  • 5.0 star rating
    3/12/2011
    8 check-ins

    Gets 5 stars straightaway from me.

    It's a great place to see a film and so much more pleasant than a chain cinema. There's a music / performance space on the ground floor, bar area, cafe, art gallery on the first floor that you walk through on the way to the cinema. Friendly staff too.

    The first time I visited I went to go into the performance space but it was closed for a private event. The bouncer on the door was the most pleasant and politest bouncer I have encountered and directed me to another bar upstairs where you can bring your drink into the cinema.

    Ticket prices are also reasonable - so good value too.

    The whole place is so much more civilised than the usual cinema experience.

  • 5.0 star rating
    11/12/2008

    Everything in this place screams Bethnal green, but in the best way possible. Housed in a 62,000 ft garment factory, Richmix opened in 2006 after a full refurbishment of this space and is really is a modern design masterpiece that often (and probably to its benefit) falls under the radar of the masses.

    It offers creative inspiration in the form of art education, culture and performances in its many guises and also 3 large cinema halls. Not only does it promote the arts to young people in programs and classes, but it also promotes raw talent in design and performance.

    I came here just for the cinema and found it a wonderful change from the bustle of the West End. We stopped into the cafe for a hearty jacket potato beforehand which was a bit of a mistake: cue food coma.

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/9/2011
    2 check-ins

    I'm really intrigued about this venue. There seemed to be all of my favourite things packed into a single multi levelled complex.

    Teasing me with the smell of popcorn in the air, the cinema offers mainstream films but also something a little taster in the form of art house and foreign flicks.

    The ground floor is home to the bar, cafe and an open space which is often bulging at the seams with exhibit, fashion shows, live music and all kinds of wonderful arty paraphernalia. Love it.

    The entire ethos of Rich Mix is right up my alley: "To deliver a world-class artistic programme that reflects, and is accessible to, the diverse communities who live in East London". Simply put, anywhere or anyone whose aim or objective it is, is to build community bridges, to bring people together using any means, but in particular art, in indeed a friend of mine.

    The aptly named Rich Mix is here by dubbed Sir Richy of the Mixiest. Gallant knight of the oblong table.

  • 4.0 star rating
    28/5/2010

    Close to the northern end of bohemian Brick Lane, it's no wonder Rich Mix is such an inspiring and colourful music venue. I was there in late May 2010 for Lokkhi Terra's album release. With Fela Kuti's keyboard player opening, it was a case of the opening act being as good as the main act- a real treat, and all for just £11. The locale is fully licensed and has a decent sized stage and a fun and eclectic group of people. Bartenders were all super nice, the only problem being that their only draught beer was out, so we had to make do with bottles for the eve.

    If you like good local music that represents the insane diversity we find here in London, I would definitely recommend Rich Mix.

  • 5.0 star rating
    1/11/2012

    Richmix is my favorite movie theatre in London for several reasons. The student concession tickets are affordable, they show a good variety of films, the theatre itself is beautiful, and the ticket booking process is easy and reliable.

    TLDR: Richmix matinees are the best (and if you're really sneaky, bring in a bagel from brick lane)

  • 4.0 star rating
    19/4/2010

    Great little cinema, showing non-mainstream and mainstream film. The film we happened to watch though was a bit pants, but thats not what this review is about so I shall not discuss it further.

    Saw a few amateur art films in the bar beforehand, and they openly asked the audience to participate and submit their movies, which I thought was cool. My favorite I have to say was the balding trans-sexual grand/father/mother person, it was fascinating and at the same time a horrifying film.

    The decor of the bar area is arty and you can relax on comfortable sofas whist enjoying a drink or something decent to eat. Thought it was nice and different not to be overwhelmed by sugared products, although they are there if you want them.

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/5/2010
    2 check-ins

    Bloody brilliant place. Loved it.

    Walked in to find a delightful free jazz perfomance in mid-flow. The place was full of a young crowd - lots of macbooks spotted here - I'm assuming free wifi?!

    We came for the cinema - and it was really impressive. Ultra modern, great seats, fantastic wall art... not your average multiplex that's for sure. As my friend put it... 'in Norwich you'd have pregnant mothers fighting in the cinema... here you get jazz bands and hipsters'.

    This just seems like an interesting place to hang out and relax. I had no idea it existed until this weekend and now I'm a convert.

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/8/2011

    I like this place. I come here for the cinema often as its much cheaper, its local and its a nice environment. Drinks and snacks are reasonably priced compared to other cinamas too.

    Staff can be a little stand offish but i guess this is shoreditch and they feel thats the way to be. Although the girls behind the snack bar last time i went (last week to see Planet of the Apes which was wicked by the way!) were lovely and cheerful!

    It feels like more of a proper night out here - I think because theres a bar. This is more of a grown up cinema. No kids running around which is nice.

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/11/2008

    This is a great cinema, located at the top of Brick Lane.

    Playing arthouse, documentaries, local films, and your blockbusters your bound to find something you want to watch. There is a coffee shop, bar, and art gallery on the ground floor if you want to hang out after watching a film which is cool as the seats are spacious and they play some good music on the stereo.

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/11/2008
    First to Review

    In the ever so trendy Bethenal Green Road stands the new building that host the coolest cinema this side of the river; it has three screen rooms, a café, and a bar. It definitely feels different from the rest of cinemas I've been to. Partly because the people that manage this place has an ethos, of promoting and helping new and emerging artist, and they do so by hosting a great variety of activities aside form playing movies, how cool is that!
    Its worth looking at their website to see what's happening.

    • Qype User inspir…
    • London
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    • 366 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    14/12/2008

    I am absolutely obsessed with this cinema/movie theatre/multi-plex with a twist. It was the welcome addition the area needed pre-2008, which hosts a myriad of cultural, artistic and film related events which never cease to calm my curiosity. There is also an Education Programme in place running a wide range of events and activities for schools and colleges, from weekend film-making workshops to theatre shows.

    Grub-wise, there is a weekly cafe menu serving hot and cold options (including vegetarian and Halal options), ranging from small salads for £3.50, with hot food of reasonable quality coming in at £4.

    Screen number 1 gets my vote every time, the geometric wall patterning setting the perfect backdrop for a range of blockbuster and arthouse features. If you're date leaves you waiting in the aisles, get ready for a new retail venture starting in January 2009 with oggleverything bringing a veritable banquet of sophisticated jewellery, bags, hats sourced locally and internationally.

    • Qype User 78appl…
    • London
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    • 59 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    15/1/2008

    A grown up cinema that has a chilled out bar/cafe/event space in place of the neon lights and giant cartoon characters that blind you at the big cinemas. Really in keeping with the individuality of the area and the best local addition in 2006.

    It has the comfiest screening rooms you're likely to find and always shows a decent mix of films - indy and arthouse alongside more mainstream - so there's usually something to appeal.

    Really reasonably priced (cinema as well as cafe) and overall it's got such a relaxed atmosphere and is generally a great space. Good place to stop for a drink or snack even if you don't want to catch a film.

    Really reccommend it.

    • Qype User Doirea…
    • London
    • 18 friends
    • 66 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    19/6/2008

    This is a great little spot on the Bethnal Green Road close to Brick Lane. There's a cinema, a cafe and a lively and dynamic programme of theatre and education events. They seem to be involved in all manner of festivals that happen around the area -and manage to represent all the diverse groups that are particular to the locality.
    I really like the cinema here - it may not be something particularly sought for in a cinema - but the decor inside each of the theatres is so quirky and chic and colourful. They didn't show any adverts also when I went there - but I don't know if that was because I went to see Sex and the City and there were scores of die-hard impatient women. I was one of them, but that movie sucked. But the venue was lovely

    • Qype User jon…
    • London
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    • 6 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    27/6/2008

    Rich Mix is a community arts centre first and cinema second. Public and corporate funded and a very innovative social enterprise. They have a great roster of events such as comedy nights, jazz evenings, gigs etc. There is also a cool cinema that shows both the blockbusters and 'worldly' movies, a cool cafe/bar area with free WiFi and a great East End feel. Situated near to Brick Lane on Bethnal Green road it is easy to get to and in one of the hippest parts of town.

    If you live in the area you'd do well to sign up to their newsletter to be kept up-to-date on events planned.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/12/2012

    I've always been a massive fan of the Richmix! Its got its own feel, and isn't some massive soul less chain. I go there for auditions sometimes and yesterday after one I went to the cinema upstairs to see 'Silver Lining Playbook' amazing. There also have a cafe and a performance room where shows/live music takes place.

    • Qype User jontre…
    • London
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    • 18 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    19/4/2010

    Great little cinema, showing non-mainstream and mainstream film. The film we happened to watch though was a bit pants, but thats not what this review is about so I shall not discuss it further.

    Saw a few amateur art films in the bar beforehand, and they openly asked the audience to participate and submit their movies, which I thought was cool. My favorite I have to say was the balding trans-sexual grand/father/mother person, it was fascinating and at the same time a horrifying film.

    The decor of the bar area is arty and you can relax on comfortable sofas whist enjoying a drink or something decent to eat. Thought it was nice and different not to be overwhelmed by sugared products, although they are there if you want them.

    • Qype User tamsin…
    • London
    • 8 friends
    • 41 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    24/2/2013

    Really nice large venue, with a lot of difference events going on. Staff, particularly the bar staff, are really nice and helpful

  • 4.0 star rating
    12/5/2013

    Great venue, friendly staff, even the doormen. But the address/map on yelp is wrong it shoreditch end of Bethany green road, not old Bethany green road.

  • 5.0 star rating
    12/2/2010

    I have lived in London for 10 years and hadnt even noticed this place.. im useless! It rocks. cool, different, art ,music ..small spacious cinema .....Rockin !

  • 2.0 star rating
    20/9/2010

    It was only a quick visit to the cinema here which was overpriced for the screen size. Am sure if this place had a live performance with a lively band then it would get a higher rating as the venue seemed reasonably good. At the time I visited they had a sewage problem which made the bar area unpleasant.

  • 3.0 star rating
    23/1/2012
    1 check-in

    Rich Mix is a pretty decent cinema in terms of facilities. The bar's reasonably priced, there's a cafe on the ground floor which offers decent food so you're not forced to resort to nachos and hot dogs if you're starving before the show, and there're some comfy sofas on the first floor in case you, like I did, had nothing else to do before the show started and just wanted to chill. Given the location, I was a little taken aback by the ticket prices. I think it's £9 per ticket pretty much every day, although you can get tickets for £5 if you go in the afternoon on certain days or have an Idea Store membership. It's not that centrally located after all, and I guess I expected there to be one cheaper day like what the Barbican offers.

  • 5.0 star rating
    12/11/2008

    What more can we ask for; a great film and a glass of wine or beer to have with it! This cinema is amazing ticket prices are much cheaper in comparison to the chain cinemas and you can have a glass of wine. They have an interesting selection of foreign and art house films along with new released box office films. They are not just a cinema but more a creative centre holding comedy, jazz and political debate nights. There is a delicious cafe/bar that serves fresh healthy food and salads during the day and evening. Be sure to check out the wallpaper on the way up to the cinema!

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/11/2008

    I have been looking for a good cinema already a while as I hate as hate it is all about chains now a days. I visited Rich Mix for the first time yesterday after reading the reviews from here, and what a pleasant surprise!

    The selection of the movies is small but impressive, and changes every week. There was no queue and the prices were much cheaper than the rivals in the central has. Also they have a decent discount for students!

    This is definitely my regular cinema from now on, and location next to Brick Lane is just perfect.

  • 5.0 star rating
    23/11/2008

    An independent cinema on Bethnal Green road, supporting emerging artistic talent, as well as providing education and training opportunities to young people who may have not had the chance to consider the creative arts as a career.  Now that's a pretty good reason to come in itself, better than supporting money making chains like the Odeon any day.

    They also have regular theatre, music and arts events.  Last time I went to Rich mix, I had a tea from the cafe, checked out a fairly good documentary photography exhibition, before watching a film.  

    Perfect location, just off Brick Lane, and with it hosting such a range of creative events, theres something to keep everyone happy.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/12/2008

    The first thing I like  about the Rich Mix is the huge cafe area. There are not many indoor venues in London where you can just chill out in a creative space, even if you don't buy anything. The second thing is that it is not trying to be pretentious which is not an easy when it is situated in an area which literally defines the word. OK some of the films it shows in the cinemas are a little arty, and the various plays and dance performances the centre showcases are usually modern adaptations, but there is always something for everyone on offer and this is why the Rich Mix is so popular.

    • Qype User antiso…
    • London
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    • 159 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    31/5/2011

    This cute little cinema is right in the heart of Shoreditch on Bethnal Green Road. If you live East and can't be bothered to go all the way to Angel or Whitechapel it's a great place to bop into and isn't usually too busy. The popcorn is cheap, the decor makes a welcome change from the normal cinema experience and it also has a nice area to chill and drink before or after your movie.

    • Qype User daniel…
    • London
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    • 70 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    30/6/2008

    Thursday Night Life is a monthly collaboration between the Rich Mix Cultural Foundation and Black Film Maker (BFM), which so far has been going off with a bang each time the event has taken place! For the last two screening events which previewed the films 'Adulthood' and 'I love my wife', alongside musical showcases, Q&As with the actors / directors of the films, food and drink sold out even before the night of the events.
    Thursday Night Live creates an interesting social and networking forum for those who want a little bit more than a film and less than a club event. Performances from Bashy as part of the Adulthood sound track went down a storm and lively debate ensued with the Q&A in the bar after the film.
    Rich Mix serves a good selection of snacks, food and drink including jerk chicken and patties. The jerk was quite hot, mind youeven for me. I would definitely recommend keeping an eye out for Thursday Night Live.

    • Qype User fuerte…
    • London
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    • 119 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    31/3/2010

    Lovely, well kept cinema with classy screening rooms and quirky decor, I'm absolutely in love with the London City scape Timorous Beasties toile wallpaper they have.

    Upstairs is a comfy open plan bar/ cafe type deal that is usually occupied by media types having 'meetings' ie. drinking posh coffee and moaning.

    The selection of films, as usual with the posh cinemas, is a little more arthouse which can sometimes reveal some gems and sometimes you just end up seeing pretentious pap.

    My only complaint is the few times I've been quite a few problems with the sound have cropped up. One time it was uncomfortably quiet the other it fluctuated from being normal to painfully loud. Hopefully these are just anomalies.

  • 3.0 star rating
    4/12/2012

    It's OK but there are better places to watch a movie in the area, only 3 screens so a limited program & sorry to say the staff aren't the best. Found the whole experience a little soulless.

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