The Stratford Picturehouse is further proof of what we already know; Picturehouse is the UK’s best cinema chain. And this particular location is a contender for the best Picturehouse I’ve visited yet. It boasts a very large bar with plenty of room for live bands, plus a balcony for those odd sunny days. And unlike Oxford’s Phoenix Picturehouse (although I love it), Stratford has beer on tap!
Like all Picturehouses the double-screen at Stratford has a diverse programme of quality mainstream, independent, world cinema and docs, plus the usual Picturehouse strands such as Vintage Sundays. If you live near a Picturehouse you should always keep an eye out for advance previews. This week I caught Richard Linklater’s Boyhood a full five days before release.
The seats are comfortable but could be better spaced (I always seem to end up next to armrest hoggers at this cinema). Sound-proofing was a minor issue during this screening; due to the sporadic rumblings I’m pretty sure Transformers: Age of Extinction was playing next door.
There’s an array of free postcards available in the foyer, including Mubi ones with location stills from modern classics like The Big Lebowski and Lost in Translation. I can vouch for student membership being well worth it, even if you just use the 2 tickets you get for the £10 joining fee. Picturehouse host free E4 Slackers Club screenings for students too.
Price 4/5, or 5/5 with membership