The Phoenix is one of London’s leading independent cinemas and the oldest purpose built cinema in the UK. Behind its modern foyer lies an historic auditorium with unique art deco features. Above the foyer is a cosy cafe bar space.
The Phoenix has a renowned film programme of new releases, independent, foreign-language and specialist films, plus a repertoire of old and new classics. It offers a kids club, regular events, festivals, one-off talks and screenings, workshops for schools and film classes.
The cinema was built in 1910 and apart from a brief period with Granada in the early 1970s has always been independent. The cinema pioneered foreign-language films in the late 1950s and 1960s and, under Contemporary Films’ ownership from 1975, it became one of the key repertory cinemas in the UK. The cinema was saved from demolition in 1985 from when it’s been owned by a Charitable Trust on behalf of the local community.
Nowadays the cinema is a first run cultural cinema showing a wide range of world cinema, foreign-language titles, independent films and British films. Foreign-language films are at the heart of The Phoenix’s film programme and it would be difficult to imagine The Phoenix without the latest offerings from Europe and elsewhere across the world.
Foreign-language films are still very popular with a loyal audience, which is typically older with a female bias. Recent successes include The Skin I Live In, Sarah’s Key, Le Quattro Volte, Potiche and Salt Of Life.
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