When it comes to style, movie-goers around Britain are spoilt for choice. From converted car-dealerships to old places of worship there are lots of cinemas in interesting places. If you don’t fancy going abroad for your break, you might fancy taking a tour of some of the UK’s best cinema venues.
The Lighthouse, in Wolverhampton, is one of the most striking cinemas you are ever likely to see. The building dates back to 1898, and its cobbled floors and glass roof ensure
s your visit will be a unique and memorable experience. With its main focus on (although not limited to) indie films, past and present, you are certain to find something of interest.
The Showroom Cinema in Sheffield’s City centre used to be a car dealership. The four screens offer an array of indie and world cinema, and with so many one off viewings you can lose a whole day there. They also specialise in documentaries and every year people from all over the world come together for Sheffield DocFest, one of the country’s largest documentary festivals. This cinema also provides a haven for mothers and young children with their Kino Bambino viewings.
Located in the basement of the Aubin and Wills store in Shoreditch, East London, the Aubin Cinema is a genuine underground movie affair. Being well hidden means it’s not a place you are likely to stumble upon, which is no bad thing when you consider it only has one screen. But in this case it’s not the size of the venue that counts but the quality, and viewing a film here feels like you’re in your own private screening. It varies between blockbusters and indie films, and although it tends to show just one film per week, it doesn’t stop it being one of the coolest venues in the UK.
Originally starting life as a chapel in 1806, the Broadway, in Nottingham is now a glorious, modern four screen cinema. Steeped in bohemian style, the polka dot stairs and laid back attitude mean it’s an excellent venue for young and old. One auditorium contains love-seats, designed for a cosy viewing and screen one even has an old stage curtain that rises before the film starts – a gambit sure to please nostalgia hunters.
And finally, City Screen in York, has been attracting rave reviews since its opening in 2000. In addition to being a big gig venue it’s made a name as a real community cinema with kids clubs, autistic friendly screens and viewings dedicated to local film makers. Built in the remains of the Yorkshire Evening Press building, the structure is a mix of brutal concrete and red bricks. Although it is an odd design it fits in well amongst the architecture of York city centre. It shows a mix of new releases, indie, art-house and even one-off screenings of old prints. If you’re after entertainment in York, it’s a must to put on your list.
Whether you’re holidaying at home or abroad, cinemas are a great place to lean back and relax into a comfy chair for a few hours and experience something different. If you are thinking about going away make sure you have .
Issued by Sainsbury’s Bank