Greenwich Picturehouse

180 Greenwich High Road,
London, SE10 8NN

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Operated by: Picturehouse Cinemas UK

Functions: Movies (Foreign), Movies (Independent)

Previous Names: Greenwich Cinema

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 440871.704.2059

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Greenwich Picturehouse

Located in the southeast London district of Greenwich. Opening in 1989 the Greenwich Cinema was initially not a resounding success with two sudden closures to its record so far.

It has now re-opened as a five screen cinema as from 16th September 2005 under the management of City Screen Picturehouses.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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woody on February 6, 2004 at 7:35 am

The building is currently under reconstruction to be turned into a luxury five screen arts cinema to be run by the picturehouse group,due to reopen in sept 2004 as the greenwich picturehouse

woody on March 16, 2005 at 6:41 am

The building is currently a complete building site, most of the frontage has been removed and will be replaced with a glass cutain wall, behind which will be a cafe on the ground floor and a new roof top bar above.
The three former screens have been rearranged into four stadium seated screens with more legroom and less seats, and the former basement will become a flexible space fifth screen with leather sofas and its own bar.
The Greenwich Picturehouse will reopen in September this year.
The programme will be quality mainstream, world cinema, documentary, short films and touring festival packages as well as rep screenings of classic and cult reissues.
The cinema will be the flagship site for Picturehouse Cinemas and also feature an art gallery and organic restaurant in the former public house next door.

woody on June 27, 2005 at 5:29 am

The cinema reopens on Sept 16th, the building will be open for guided tours as part of Open House London on the 17th and 18th.
There are lots of building photos on the website
Here is the latest email newsletter/press release info… the cinema sounds amazing and should set a new standard for London.

Forging Ahead!
The work is progressing well on site with the technical fitout now
Thankyou all for your patience with our second temporary closure of
the Greenwich High Road last month – this was to allow for the
structural glass façade and roof to the first floor bar to be
installed. The glass panels are full height and currently gleaming in the sun.
This glass wall provides panoramic views towards the centre of London and will make the building watertight allowing the finishes to progress at a fast pace.
The final details of finishes and colours have now been resolved
creating a unique interior for the foyer bar and café spaces. Each
space within the building is to have a slightly different feel.
The bar area will have a rich hand made carpet with a mix of reds and deep yellows. The bar itself will be edged in leather and set against dark timber walls and ceilings. The café will have a tall clean space mixing deep reds and organic greens to reflect the organic produce it will serve.
The focus of the foyer will be a central light sculpture
like a waterfall plunging down from the second floor in the centre of the space. Climbing the stairs around the sculpture offers changing views from every angle.
Our membership schemes will be launched very shortly, so watch this
space for details of how to join.
We’re still on track for a September opening and look forward to
welcoming you very soon!

woody on September 16, 2005 at 1:04 am


Reopening today (Sept 16) the Greenwich Picturehouse now has five screens – 175, 129, 115, 74 and 32 operated by Picturehouse Cinemas
The architects for the £3m conversion are Panter Hudspith, the interior is very stylish with a streamlined moderne flavour and a few art deco touches. The lobby is dominated by a two storey fibre optic and glass droplet chandelier by artist Kate Williams who had a recent show at the V&A.
The Greenwich Picturehouse has full digital capability and will be fitted early in 2006 with a 2K HD digital projector, it also has a 70MM projector in Sc1 and a whole calender of screenings coming up.
The cinema will show quality mainstream, arthouse, cult and a lot of classic rep screenings as well as documentaries and short film as well as experimental cinema.
The fifth screen in the basement is a huge lounge area with red suede reclining armchair seats that for the first three weeks will host the video installation work of five artists.
The Picturehouse also has three bars an organic cafe and opening later this year will be its own organic restaurant.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 30, 2005 at 12:50 pm

Thanks to woody, some photographs of the newly re-opened Greenwich Picturehouse taken in September 2005 here:

Exterior view

Lobby view

Basement screening room stairs view

benrayner on October 13, 2006 at 5:54 am

Thanks Woody – are you in the pay of picturehouses by any chance? We are all bursting to experience this wonderful modern cinema phenominum. All I can say is that the one and only time I visited this cinema I found the house-lights wouldn’t dim completely and when I complained the usherette looked at me as if I was a mad old fuddy-duddy: the film was that very moody, darkly lit, Japanese masterpiece “The Sun”!

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