Riverside Studios has a rich history, starting as a water pump factory in Victorian times, then home to Triumph Films in the 1930s, which produced films, including The Double Event and Beauty And The Barge starring Jack Hawkins and Margaret Rutherford. Jack Buchanan’s productions, most notably The Seventh Seal, brought many famous actors to Riverside, including Anne Crawford, Honor Blackman, Audrey Hepburn and Joan Greenwood. The last film made here was Father Brown starring Alec Guinness and Peter Finch in 1954.
The BBC used the building for the next fifteen years, making and broadcasting programmes such as Quartermass II (the first alien pod opening on the river bed was shot from the terrace), Dr Who (the Daleks invaded Earth from our terrace), Z Cars, Dixon Of Dock Green, Hancock’s Half Hour and Playschool, as well as music programmes like Open House and Top Of The Pops (featuring The Beatles and The Rolling Stones). From the mid 1990s Riverside hosted TFI Friday with Chris Evans .
Riverside’s cinema opened in 1976. It screens double bills and international independent films, and hosts seasons and international festivals such as the Italian, Czech, Brazilian, Taiwanese, Polish and Indian Film Festivals.
The cinema director chooses which foreign titles we will screen, and interested in these films has remained consistent, with film fans from as young as 15 right up to people in their nineties attending. Czech, Polish, Latin American and Italian film festivals regularly sell out.
Address: Crisp Road, London, W6 9 RL
Box Office: 020 8237 1111
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