Roxy Bar & Screen
Roxy Bar & Screen opened in Summer 2006 in London Bridge, combining a stylish bar environment with an informal cinema space. It quickly developed a reputation for its laidback lounge atmosphere. From weekly screenings of recent releases, cult classics, shorts nights and one-off live AV nights and live rescores, the venue aims to provide a unique outlet and environment for people to see and discover the cream of film and audiovisual work and has been voted one of the best five cinemas in London by Time Out.
Roxy was based on an idea for a digital cinema combined with a bar and opened by three partners. The basic operations have actually changed very little from the opening and is generally feature films Sunday/Monday/Tuesday evenings, with features or shorts nights on Wednesdays, a Film Quiz or live comedy on Thursdays, sport on weekday afternoons and a normal bar Friday/Saturday nights. We also host various festivals and film seasons throughout the year, such as Scala Forever.
The majority of films programmed by Roxy are recent release titles, where we essentially pick the best/‘critically acclaimed’ titles. Recently this has included Essential Killing, Norwegian Wood, Cold Fish, Biutiful, etc. We also have nights that are programmed by partners, such as the Asian Movie meet-up night (programmed by distributors Third Window and Terracotta).
There’s definitely been an increase in interest in foreign titles, due to more foreign films being released theatrically from the big distributors, such as Artificial Eye, through to the smaller ones, like Third Window, Soda, Verve, etc.
The age range varies according to the film, although we recently hosted a screening of Little White Lies for the distributors and the average age was about 70!, but generally our audience is late twenties to early forties.
Let the Right One In has been one of our most successful films to date, as it was our film of the year in 2010, and we played it three or four times. A Prophet was our joint film of the year last year, too. Other recent packed screenings have included Chico & Rita, Norwegian Wood, Micmacs and A Town Called Panic. In terms of classic films, memorable nights included the live jazz improv rescore to Daisies as part of Roxy’s Extraordinary Season and more recently we were full for our Second Run Czech double-bill of Morgiana and Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders as part of Scala Forever.
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