Stratford Picturehouse, Stratford-Upon-Avon


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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!

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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.

Extra Perks

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Mubi’s Taxi Driver postcard

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.

Experience         4/5

Comfort               4/5

Price                      4/5, or 5/5 with membership

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