Independent cinemas are springing up all over the UK, providing an outlet for indie or foreign films that might otherwise pass you by. We have a look at the best options and what you can find there.
Newcastle – Tyneside Cinema Cafe
Tyneside Cinema Cafe in Newcastle showcases the best films from all over the world, with something different showing every day. But not only that, they also offer first class food and drink, including wines and beers, meaning you can enjoy a long lunch or an evening meal while taking in the film of your choice.
Manchester – HOME
HOME offers a mixture of arthouse cinema, drama and documentaries that change from week to week, alongside a selection of top new releases and one-off screenings and events. These can include theatre productions, art exhibitions and Q&A evenings, as well as groups that run on a regular basis, meaning there’s always something going on. HOME even produce a monthly film podcast discussing the best the independent scene has to offer, which can be found here.
Liverpool – FACT
Fact provide something for everyone, with a selection of blockbusters showing alongside artistic or experimental films and even film nights themed around cult classics. Similar to HOME, FACT also routinely fill their exhibition spaces with art installations, which can include anything from paintings and prints to digital experiments and interactive videos. With such a wide selection FACT offers something for everyone.
London – Regent Street Cinema
Walking into Regent Street Cinema is itself an experience, with the luxurious gilded interior and original features taking you back to a time when a night at the cinema was an event in itself. Offering arthouse and world cinema, the venue also puts on double screenings where guests can help themselves to food and drink during the interval.
Birmingham – The Electric Cinema
The Electric Cinema is unique in that it has ventured into film production, something not many other independent cinemas have attempted. Currently they are showing their in-house produced Monochrome alongside films from all over the world. The cinema are even hosting their own “Cans Film festival” – a tongue-in-cheek alternative to Cannes – which will bring together classic cinema and craft beer in a celebration that can’t be missed.
Edinburgh – Filmhouse
Filmhouse is a long-established independent cinema in the heart of Edinburgh. Offering a wide variety of films – from well-known crowd-pleasers to thought-provoking arthouse pieces – the cinema is popular amongst locals and visitors alike. The cinema even puts on regular themed seasons and festivals, celebrating films from specific countries or in specific languages, or just straight forward scare nights celebrating the best horror films around.
Bristol – Cube Microplex
The Cube Microplex is a not-for-profit organisation set up by artists in 1998, and run by volunteers who manage to produce everything you can imagine in the eclectic venue – films, music, cabaret, debates, performance art, amateur film-making nights – you name it, the Cube offers it. There’s always something new and exciting to experience, with the big screen alternating between the main focus and a backdrop to what’s happening on the well-trodden stage.