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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Venue Details & Map
52 High RoadEast FinchleyLondonN2 9PJ
- +44 20 8444 6789
Everyone knows the Phoenix is the Best Cinema in London, a minute's walk away from East Finchley tube station (Northern Line). It is one of Mark Kermode's favourite cinemas, and one which he often frequented in his youth. If that means anything to you. Which it should. I think he saw Eraserhead there, when it came out.
But in case you didn't, I'll give you the quick rundown:
Wow. The hype about the Phoenix is completely true!
I was having a down day and decided to treat myself to an indie film (they do Hollywood films, too! And old documentaries; all sorts.). I got there early and bought my tickets, although you can book online too, and went upstairs to the cute lofty cafe, with a big window letting in lots of light. I could overhear the staff there and could tell...more
Favourite cinema in London. They always have a great selection of films and the place has an awesome atmosphere about it. It also attracts a great crowd, so you're unlikely to be distracted by the smell of popcorn and the sound of vigorous chewing (or maybe I've been lucky so far?). The prices are also very friendly - £12 for two tickets on a Monday and £9.50 on Weekends, if I'm not mistaken.more
This place is AMAZING. It is like stepping back into time. The seats and (single) theater were clean and comfortable to sit and watch the movie. Even when the occasional person (you know who you are!) got up to go to...wherever, the view was not blocked.
There is a small candy/soda counter where they sell the tickets. The bath rooms (suprisingly) are on the ground level, as is the...more
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