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Where to Watch Films - Bristol

17 June 2019 | Kate Plummer

Calling all cinephiles! If a trip to the talkies is your ideal way to while away a few hours then we’re here to help. As much as we salute the mighty multiplexes of the UK with their excellent variety of the bright new cinematic offerings, sometimes you want something a little bit different from a movie night. So whether you’re into big blockbusters, indie inspiration, new filmmakers, documentaries, live events or silver screen classics, these venues all offer something a little something extra than just a bag of popcorn. 


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Watershed
1 Canon's Rd, Bristol, BS1 5TX

Sitting smack bang in the heart of the Harbourside, Watershed has been an integral part of the cultural life of the city since its beginnings as the UK’s first media centre in 1982. Now, with three cinemas, a media studio and a café and bar, it’s the perfect place to soak up a diverse cinematic experience thanks to its programming offering up a range of independent film, cinema classics and documentaries to name a few, not to mention hosting a number of events and producing their own film focused podcast. With their cinebabies screenings for new parents and excellent movie meal deals on a Tuesday, Watershed caters to everyone seeking an independent and engaging trip to the movies. 

The Cube
Dove Street South, Bristol, BS2 8JD

Started as a social art experiment by four artists in 1998, The volunteer-run Cube Microplex is known not only for cinema but hosts and creates art in all its forms, with everything from live music to cabaret. It’s a great go-to for acclaimed indies, world cinema and offbeat classics with incredibly reasonably priced tickets. They also host Bluescreen events where amateur Bristol filmmakers can turn up with their short films and they’ll screen as many as they can during the evening, being both an amazing opportunity to get your work seen, or to enjoy as an audience member with a whole host of mini masterpieces.


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Everyman Bristol
44 Whiteladies Rd, Bristol, BS8 2NH

If you’re looking for the full escapist film night experience, then Everyman is the answer. This boutique chain is the ideal place for a visit to unwind with a good mix of the latest blockbusters and indie hits meaning there’s something for all tastes. As well as getting lost in a good film, Everyman is known for hosting filmmaker Q&A’s, documentary screenings and live event broadcasts, bringing the rest of the UK’s cultural scene to Bristol’s doorstep. A big bonus for us is the comfy sofa seating and the option to enjoy your chosen film with a glass of wine and, depending on your views of eating in the cinema, a selection of delicious grub served to your seat.  

Bristol Bad Film Club
Various venues 

We all have those guilty pleasure films, the ones that are so bad they’re good and we secretly have a lot of love for despite their massive flaws. However, now is your time to openly proclaim your favourite film flop with a trip to the Bristol Bad Film Club. Popping up across the city since 2013, these guys celebrate the kinds of cult classics made notorious through everything from awful scripts, bad execution, cringe-inducing acting (shout out to Tommy Wiseau – if you know you know), as well as the obscure movies that time forgot. With genre-geddon movie marathons being a common theme and the option to throw your choice of movie monstrosities into the mix for future screenings, it’s a fun social environment to enjoy a different kind of cinematic experience. 
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