The Phoenix Cinema is one of the UK's oldest cinemas. Built in 1910, it was redeveloped in 1938 in the modernist style, whilst the auditorium was given an Art Deco redesign. Today, the cinema is run as a community cinema by a charitable trust.
In 2010, the cinema celebrated its centenary with a big restoration project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The auditorium's original 1910 ceiling and Art Deco deoration was restored along with the cinema's modernist facade.
Alongside its programme of new releases, the cinema holds regular events and projects with local schools to celebrate its heritage.
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This is a really cute independent cinema in East Finchley. A Groupon brought me to the cinema and I'm pleasatnly surprised by how nice it is. There is a lovely upstairs cafe that has a little balcony which would be nice to sit on during a warm day and just drink wine.
The interior of the theatre itself is amazing. It still have the feel of being a theatre from the 1920s but has been...more
Come for the popcorn if nothing else. When I crave popcorn I go to the theater. Weird? Sure but that's how I do things. The popcorn here is fresh and cheap! A large was less than £4. Sah-weet. And if popcorn isn't what you're after they have a cafe upstairs, across from their single screening room.
The theatre has been around for over 100 years and there's a sense of community there. People...more
It might be rather distant but the Phoenix Cinema is honestly one of the few places in London that I would consider a viable rep cinema. I've only been there a handful of times but each visit was rewarding. Claire Binns - the force behind the Curzon's programming - programmes the Phoenix, and this is obviously a labour of love for her and her team, crafting a thoughtful and occasionally...more