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Top 5 Movie Hangouts in Bristol

Top 5 Movie Hangouts in Bristol

8 August 2017 | Günseli Yalcinkaya

Sometimes all you want to do after a long day is to sit down, relax and enjoy a film. At Culture Calling, we've gone through the liberty of picking out some of Bristol's best movie spots and cinemas for your entertainment. From charity-run, old school picture houses to rent-a-cinema private viewings, we've got you sorted.

The Cube Microplex

First on our list is a local favourite.  The Cube Microplex is a volunteer-led picturehouse, arts venue, adult creche and progressive social wellbeing enterprise in Stokes Croft, Bristol.  A former recycling depo and illegal gambling den, the building was overhauled by four artists in 1998, and turned into the wonderful and authentic venue that remains here to this day.

The cheapest cinema in town (tickets start at £3), The Cube rests firmly on the ethos that we should all strive to make a difference.  Asylum seekers get free entry to all events and the coffee is Fairtrade from Central America. Even the programming aims to make a change: they once sent volunteers from Haiti to screen films for earthquake survivors.

All in all, the folks down at The Cube are pretty nice guys.  Why would you not go?


Image credits: The Cube Microplex

The Cube Microplex can be found on Dove St S, Avon, Bristol BS2 8JD


The Watershed

Boasting three cosy cinema spaces, a large and airy café, event spaces and a research space that brings together a network of over 100 artists and academics, The Watershed is arguably one of Bristol's most important creative meeting points.  The cinema plays a vast range of independent cinema, including art house and international films. 

Head down on a Tuesday for Cinébites, where any cinema ticket holder will be entitled to 30% off any of the main dishes from their menu - which range from Watershed Classics such as Fish and Chips and Homemade Burgers, to Bulgur Wheat Salad or the catch of the day and much more.  Oh- did I mention under 25 tickets are £4?


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The Watershed can be found at 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX


Everyman Cinema

If you're looking for a more high-end cinema experience, Everyman - ironically - is the place for you. The boutique, independently run cinema shows a range of mainstream films and Hollywood Blockbusters.  Every cinema has its own bar or foyer and guests are seated on big, plush red sofas.


Image credits: Bristol 24/7

Everyman cinema is on Whiteladies Rd, Bristol BS8 2NH


The Orpheus Cinema

Unlike its big-chain counterparts, where film-goers are ushered in and out like cattle, Scott Cinema's The Orpheus is an absolute treat.  With three, comfortably sized rooms, guests can enjoy an intimate experience, and munch down on retro-themed snacks and drinks, served by a crew of incredibly friendly staff.


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The Orpheus is at 51 Northumbria Dr, Bristol BS9 4HN

20th Century Flicks

20th Century Flicks is a mecca for any film enthusiast. With over 19,000 titles on DVD for rent, this local video rental store has fought against all the odds and is going strong.  Its fearsome reputation attracts film buffs from around the South West to talk about the this-and-that of the latest releases.

It's also home to the Flicks Kino, a beautiful, little cinema that you can hire to watch films in with your friends.


Image credits: Bristol 24/7

20th Century Flicks can be found at 18 Christmas Steps, Bristol, BS1 5BS

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