The Clapham Picture House
76 Venn Street, Clapham, London SW4 0AT
- Clapham Common Tube Station (<0.1 km)
- Clapham South Station (0.7 km)
- Clapham High Street Station (0.5 km)
- Contact us:
020 7498 3323
27 Malling, London SE13 6QL
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41 reviews of The Clapham Picture House in English
Only downfall is the price of the snacks and stuff but there's loads of places nearby to eat and they have a great deal with Bodean's across the road!
I was given a membership as a present recently and it I must say, it’s a great gift. not only do you get some free tickets as part of it you also gain a set of discounts at local restaurants. So grabbing an art house cinema film (as well as block busters, but personally I would go to a bigger screen cinema for those) was never so easy. Personally I avoid matinee weekend screenings as they can be cramped and noisy (but I’m a bit picky in terms of noise levels in cinema, so you might find it’s actually the ‘atmosphere’ you’re looking for).
We go here occasionally if I’m staying over with family in Clapham. Nice, not too big, (as in Leicester Square style), but very comfortable. Local deals can be advantageous to help your cash go further. Drinks and stufdf an be a bit pricey so it might be worth taking some in with you. Plenty of “eateries” local to the site.
Best descibed as “the best cinema in this part of town”, the Picture House is notionally an “independent” cinema, but is part of a group nonethless. Tends to be very busy at peak times, so think about booking ahead. Has a bar; also boasts mum-and-baby screenings ( on Sunday mornings, I think) for this with little-uns. The screens are on the small side, and the walls between them are thin; it’s not unknown to be able to follow what’s happening in the screen next door if you’re watching something quiet. All in all, agreeable nonetheless, and with a good selection of eatin’ and drinkin’ venues a stone’s throw away, should you want to go somewhere afterwards ( or before) ; in fact, sometimes they do deals with local eateries for a meal-and-film fixed price combo ( a recent one was for midweek lunch at the Pepper Tree, just up the road.
This is a best cinema ever! Lovely atmosphere, comfy chairs. Yes the screans are not massive and it can be pricey ( or you can use Orange Wednesdays !), but you def won’t be getting a lovely and cosy atmosphere in Leicester Square.
Going to the Clapham Picturehouse makes me feel like I'm going to a real, old school cinema and I love it. Discreetly tucked off the main road, it still shows all the latest films in intimate little screens and some cool arthouse indie films too if you are lucky.
They have really tasty food as well as popcorn and the rest of it and not surprisingly it's much cheaper than its blockbuster counterparts where you can pay up to £30 just for your ticket, popcorn and Coke!
A local cinema with an old fashion feel & full of character! I really like this place! It not only shows all the latest releases & blockbusters but also foreign films and special screenings. You'd need to book to select the best seat as they're all numbered and this is highly recommended as it always gets really busy. And if you're up for it, you can even enjoy a glass of wine while watching your movie.
I've been here twice in the last few weeks and it's fast becoming my favourite cinema in London. There's always a good selection of films, and although the screens aren't massive, the seats are sensibly arranged to that you can see the screen whether or not anyone's sat in front of you. And as a rather petite person this is a Very Good Thing. Plus the seats are very cosy too.
Not sure where everyone is getting the £12 price tag from, but my standard adult tickets have cost me about £8.50 (on a Sunday afternoon).
There's a nice bar area where you can hang out before or after the film and the staff are really friendly.
I'm normally a Brixton Ritzy person, simply because it's closer to my house, but they weren't showing A Simple Man (but they were showing The Wolf Man... how does that work?) so we made the trip to the Ritzy's sister cinema to catch Colin Firth doing his stuff.
The first surprise was the two quid hike in ticket price. Average price in the wilds of Brixton is £9. At Clapham you pay £11. Not sure what for exactly, they do have those nice seats that recline a bit of you lean back into them - but that's not enhancing my cinema-going experience that much.
The layout is very similar to the Ritzy with a combined snack and ticket counter in the foyer, and a bar/cafe section to the side. And there's not much to say about the screen themselves really: good sound, decent leg room... I already mentioned the reclining seats right?
Whilst I love the idea of a local independent cinema, I think the Clapham Picture House has lost its way a bit. Think mini-Odeon with smaller screens and less chavs, rather than cultured arthouse cinema. Prince Charles this is not.
£12 a ticket is really pushing it, especially when you can get a West End ticket for similar prices. Similarly the films are gradually drifting more mainstream. If it was easier for me to get to, I'd go to the Odeon in Streatham, where the screen is 5 times bigger, and the prices are several quid cheaper.
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