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The Cinemas and Picturehouses of Southeast London

Do you love the cinema experience? We do too! Sofia Wickerhauser takes you through five great cinemas in Southeast London for you to cry, laugh, and fall in love with your favourite films at. The prices listed below are for student tickets – remember to bring your student ID!

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Greenwich Picturehouse

A local favourite, this five-screen cinema shows everything from foreign films to blockbusters. The downstairs screen is quite charming, with a huge curtain separating it from a waiting area with armchairs. If you’re early, head to the upper floor, and have a drink by the window looking out over greenwich.

Tickets are only £7.70 on Mondays; weekend tickets are more expensive, costing £13.50. However, a £20 “Student Membership” gets you two free tickets, and up to £2 off every ticket for a year.

Deptford Cinema

A not-for-profit community-led cinema with a strong motto of “by the community, for the community”. Deptford Cinema offers an eclectic and fascinating selection of films that you won’t easily find in general release. It’s loved by its regulars, and tickets sell out rather quickly due to the small venue. It’s truly amazing to see the dedication of the cinema’s volunteers, screening film after film, even hosting film clubs and festival screenings.

Tickets are super accessible, at £4.50.

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Cineworld – The O2 Cinema

A multiplex cinema chain screening the latest blockbusters with all the exuberance you could expect from a movies theatre located at the O2 arena. Showing in all the biggest and best formats, like RealD 3D, IMAX, and Superscreen (good luck figuring out what each one does), you can imagine the prices for the over-the-top screenings – but also the excitement of the experiences.

Student tickets are £10.10 for a standard screening, £12.60 for SuperScreen, and £13.10 for ScreenX. There is a £1 discount during off-peak times (Mon-Thu, before 5pm).

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Rivoli Ballroom

This beautiful historic building boasts a rich decor, and a pop-up cinema. The ballroom has velvet couches and delicate red lighting – the atmosphere alone is certainly worth the visit! There are only three screenings per month, usually classics. It’s definitely a good experience to watch a movie you love in one of London’s last remaining ballrooms. Perhaps the best venue to bring a date!

Tickets are £12.

East Dulwich Picturehouse & Café

A three-screen Picturehouse with mainstream and indie films, plus a classy cafe. Located inside a refurbished church in the heart of Dulwich, this nice little cinema now has warm rooms, comfy chairs, and a cool decor. It’s considered a local gem, although food prices at the café isn’t the cheapest. However, it’s still a very good spot to tap away at your laptop and drink a good cup of coffee before your screening.

Tickets are only £7.70 on Mondays; weekend tickets are more expensive, costing £13.50. However, a £20 “Student Membership” gets you two free tickets, and up to £2 off every ticket for a year.


Goldsmiths also has a cinema on campus! The Curzon shows a mix of arthouse and blockbuster films at affordable prices, and also offers discounts for students and alumni.

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