Greenwich Picturehouse

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Photo by Helen Hamston from Mummy's Gin Fund.
Greenwich Picturehouse is a wonderful cinema in the heart of Greenwich. They have such a wide array of films available to see, from old movies, to directors’ cuts to documentaries.

MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:

This is a lovely cinema to have nearby, especially as the neighbouring borough, Lewisham, is the only London borough to have no cinema at all! So, to have a good independent cinema that caters well for a wide range of tastes and puts on special screenings especially for parents and kids, is great. It’s not only nicer than going to the bigger cinema chains; it’s also loads cheaper.

For an adult night out, you can’t go wrong (well, unless you forget to book beforehand for popular films . . . but don’t do that). The Picturehouses are clearly run by film geeks who like to give really good films, that you wouldn’t find at the multiplex down the road, a chance. So, there is great choice, special events, and good seasons/retrospectives. Oh, and the seats are really comfy too.

In terms of grub, you can get alcohol, nice coffees, cakes and snacks in the bar. Also, if you want to make a night of it, there are about 20 restaurants within a stone’s throw from the cinema so you are pretty sorted.

Kids’ Saturday morning club is great, especially for catching classic kids’ films, you might have missed first time round (or, perhaps because you didn’t have children when they first came out!). Also, in the run up to Christmas, they put some lovely classic Christmas films too. Top tip is to become a member, as it isn’t very expensive and makes the trip to the cinema really cheap.

There are themed activities beforehand and some of the staff (but it varies!) get really involved, it’s almost like having a nursery nurse on hand for 15 minutes before the film.

Highlights for my husband and son were making Japanese banners ahead of a manga film and creating a Lego mask before the Lego Movie.

The Big Scream, where you can take your baby, is lovely. I remember going with my son and feeling like I was ‘cheating’ at being a mum by being out and about, doing an adult thing in the middle of the day. It’s relaxed so your baby can gurgle, cry, feed, etc., without anyone being bothered because they are dealing with their own little one.

The only downside is the expensive parking but that’s a problem with Greenwich really. Also the cinema can be a little disorganised so don’t be surprised if films don’t always start on time. So, on the plus side if you are running late . . .

Review by Mel Merritt.

My little one and I love it here. It’s got a really nice relaxed atmosphere. Snacks and drinks are not cheap and the cafe is a little over-priced, however, it is always a pleasant atmosphere and the kids’ club movie mornings allow you some time just to switch off for a few hours. There’s no ‘shh-ing’ or feeling awkward if your child wants to ask loud questions through the film.

They do a superb kids’ club on the weekends! The films are shown in the downstairs’ theatre, which has the most amazing comfy seats and the staff set out little tables and chairs with colouring for the children, if boredom sets in. It is a great way to introduce little ones to the movies. They also offer mini movies where they show films between 45 minutes – one hour. They are very baby and child friendly with lots of good offers for children.

Address: Greenwich Picturehouse 180 Greenwich High Road Greenwich London SE10 8NN.

Website: http://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/info/Greenwich_Picturehouse.

Cafe: Yes, tea, coffee and yummy cakes.

Toilets: Yes, wheelchair accessible.

Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: Yes, buggies can safely be left in the foyer during films. They say: ‘All areas of the building are accessible to customers with limited mobility, including wheelchair users. The Box Office, Screen 1 and the café are on the ground floor and have level access from the street. There is a lift in the main foyer for access to Screens 2, 3, 4 and the disabled toilet. Access to the toilet for restricted mobility, is by Radar key provided by a member of staff.

There is no lift access to Screen 5 in the basement. Customers with limited mobility are asked to contact a member of staff to use the stair lift. Seats can be removed in each of the auditoria to accommodate a wheelchair. We recommend that you telephone in advance to confirm availability and book your space. The box office and bars all have adapted counters and accessible levels for transactions. (www.picturehouses.com/cinema/info/Greenwich_Picturehouse#disabled-access).

Parking: There is no official parking at the Picturehouse and it is situated on a main road. The two closest roads for parking are Crooms Hill (SE10 8ER) or Roan Street (SE10 9JT) – they both have pay and display meters. There is also a car park just behind the cinema but it gets very busy at the weekends and is pricey, at approximately £2.50 an hour.

Nearest station: Greenwich (National Rail) – this a 10-minute walk away from the cinema. A pleasant walk and easy to do with a pram.

DLR: Greenwich- Note! There are two DLR stations in Greenwich: Greenwich and Greenwich for Cutty Sark. They are equidistant from the Picturehouse. Greenwich DLR is less busy.

Tube: North Greenwich. You would then need to take the 188 bus from the tube station to The National Maritime Museum, which is stop G. This is about a 20-minute bus journey and the cinema is about a 10-minute walk from the bus stop.

Phone: Box Office: 0871 902 5732.

Email: greenwich@picturehouses.co.uk.

ABOUT:

Greenwich Picturehouse is in the centre of Greenwich. The Picturehouse chain shows your usual Hollywood blockbusters but also specialises in independent films and foreign movies so features a wide range of films to satisfy most tastes. The cinema has five screens and a nice bar that sells good coffees, sandwiches, cakes and alcohol.

The cinema runs several clubs that are great for kids including:

Kids Club on Saturday Mornings (for 3 – 12 year olds). Doors open at 10.30 a.m. film starts at 11.00 a.m. and there are some activities laid on beforehand, for the children such as colouring. They show mainly U and PG films including, kids’ classics, the latest children’s films and more unusual offerings such as silent movies, animés and short films.

Toddler Time on Monday Mornings (for two – four year olds). Doors open at 10.30 a.m. And the show starts at 11.00 a.m. They tend to show a 20 – 30 minute programme from Cbeebies.

Big Scream on Friday Mornings (exclusively for parents or carers of babies under one). Doors open at 10.30 a.m. film starts at 11.00 a.m. You have to be a member of Big Scream club to go but this only costs £5 for the year and you get other discounts.

A new cafe serving locally sourced meals and snacks has just opened.

Unfortunately, the website isn’t very helpful so if you can’t find what you are after, give them a ring.

Review by: Sofia Thomas.

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Founder of MGF, Helen is a mum of four who spends way too much time on the interweb and not enough time in bed. She loves wearing her dressing gown, car boot sales and watching TV programmes featuring food. Her specialist subjects include 'how to overfill your car boot' and 'how to avoid dusting'. Follow her at Twitter: @Ginfund, Facebook: @MGFund, Instagram: @mummysginfund and online: www.mummysginfund.co.uk.