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What’s On at the Cinema: Alternative Screenings

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Don’t you just love how London seems to have something to satisfy everyone’s tastes? Cinema is no exception. London is home to a host of independent cinemas and champions outdoor cinema, especially in summer. 

If you’re looking for an alternative cinematic experience, wave goodbye to your local Odeon or Vue, grab the popcorn and get ready for something unique and new.

What’s On at the Cinema: Alternative Screenings

Film & Fizz

Film & Fizz

Covent Garden’s fizz-filled cinema experience is returning with an exciting programme of brand new films, including Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood and the highly-anticipated Downton Abbey movie. Privately located at the luxury One Aldwych hotel, dine at Indigo or Eneko Basque Kitchen & Bar before sitting down with a delicious bag of popcorn and a glass of champagne for the perfect movie moment.

What’s On: Downton Abbey – 14 October, It: Chapter Two (Halloween Special) – 31 October & 1 November, The Goldfinch – 2 & 3 November

Four Seasons Pop Down Cinema

Four Seasons Pop Down

Don’t miss an exclusive screening of the 80s hit film Big at The Four Seasons’s one-of-a-kind Pop Down Cinema. Located within the hospitality brand’s Camden Town pop-up, part of a series of global events which have seen the likes of Hong Kong, Philadelphia and Miami, movie-watchers will undergo a fantastic cinematic experience, while indulging in tasty snacks and specially curated drinks from Four Seasons chefs and mixologists. 4 October, 7 – 10pm, book tickets via

What’s On: Big – 4 October

TT Cinema

What's On at the Cinema: Alternative Screenings

TT Cinema is a vintage-style, 52-seat cinema space hidden behind the liquor store in TT Liquor’s multi-faceted venue in Dalston. The venue is known for its crafty cocktails, so grab one before heading downstairs to the Cellar Bar to enjoy a cult classic.

What’s On: Forrest Gump 25th Anniversary – 8 October, Pulp Fiction 25th Anniversary – 22 October

The Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch

The Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch

Every Sunday at 3pm, Shoreditch’s The Courthouse Hotel hosts a cocktail and cinema experience: screenings of classic films such as Notting Hill, A Fish Called Wanda, Pretty Women and more, plus a cocktail. Each month has it’s own theme – September’s theme is Back to School, October’s is Horror Month, November is Bonfires, and December, Christmas. The Grade II 5-star hotel makes for a pretty grand cinematic experience and offers an interesting and fun way to wave goodbye to the weekend and welcome in the new week.

What’s On: Freaky Friday – 29 September, Rocky Horror Picture Show – 6 October, The Shining – 20 October

Five Miles

What's On at the Cinema: Alternative Screenings

Five Miles is a fairly new opening in Seven Sisters, a bar, club and brewery all in one. They collaborate with Deeper Into Movies to host one-off free screenings of golden oldies to introduce people into the space and discover how it can best be used.

What’s On: Keep an eye on their Facebook page for exclusive listings.


Effraspace is a family centre in Brixton with events such as yoga and meditation classes, kung fu and Chinese kickboxing. They also host a monthly film club showing interesting and lesser-known titles, often with Q&A sessions with the filmmakers too.

What’s On: WAR SCHOOL + Panel Discussion – 8 November

Cine Lumiere

What's On at the Cinema: Alternative Screenings

Cine Lumiere was created in 1910 by the Institut français worldwide network in a bid to embed French culture into London and encourage cultural diversity. Naturally, it’s the best spot in town to catch a French flick.

What’s On: Matthias and Maxime – 4 October, Yves Saint Laurent: The Last Collections + Q&A – 12 October, Special Screening: Gaugin from the National Gallery – 15 October

Royal Albert Hall: Films in Concert 


Classics and film favourites are brought to life in live screenings at the Royal Albert Hall: the scores of a diverse range of films are performed by a live orchestral accompaniment. Make an evening of it by booking out a box with family or friends.

What’s On: Skyfall – 4 & 5 October, Blade Runner – 25 October

Want to know what’s on in London this month? Check out our Town Culture Diary here!