Cinema in Clapham

Although there’s only one Clapham cinema – Clapham Picturehouse – it’s one of the best in London, and of course just down the road we have the Brixton Ritzy and Wandsworth Cineworld. There are also a surprisingly large number of venues nearby which run regular and occasional film nights plus outdoor screenings in the summer.

Clapham Picturehouse
76 Venn Street, Clapham, London SW4 0AT, T: 0871 902 5727
The Clapham Picturehouse has established itself as a cultural landmark. The cinema is one minute’s walk from Clapham Common tube station and provides an eclectic programming mix of arthouse and mainstream films. There’s also a bustling bar and snacks available.

Cinemas around Clapham & Film Clubs and screenings

Cine Mini is perfect for families with young children. The Cine Mini team bring favourite films to life in a relaxed setting. See their website for their next screening.

Cinema Museum
2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road), London SE11 4TH, T: 020 7840 2200
For dedicated film buffs, hop on the northern line to Kennington to a museum that houses a unique collection of cinematic artefacts and memorabilia. There are regular events or you can book a guided tour. Make sure you pre-book. The venue is also available for hire.

Cineworld Wandsworth
Southside Shopping Centre, Wandsworth High St, SW18 4TF, T: 0871 200 2000
This 14 screen Wandsworth cinema is part of the Southside Shopping Centre – and takes advantage of its 1200 parking spaces. Usual popcorn, sweets, snacks and drinks – expensive though – and there are several restaurants including Ed’s Diner and Prezzo in the shopping centre.

Clapham Grand, Lavender Hill (opposite Clapham Junction station) often holds movie events.

The Exhibit
12 Balham Station Road, Balham, London SW12 9SG, T: 020 8772 6556
Regular film screenings of the best films that have been around for the past six months take place in the private cinema. Check website and book online only. The Exhibit also has a bar and diner plus several rooms for party hire.

The Gorringe Park Pub
29 London Road, Tooting, London SW17 9HW, T: 020 8685 0469
A bit out of our area but this pub boasts a ’boutique cinema’ complete with retro cinema seats, giant bean bags and a three piece suite. There’s nothing retro about the technology though – surround sound and high definition cinema projection. Check their website and Facebook page for show times. What’s more – it’s free!

The Grove
39 Oldridge Road, Balham, London SW12 8PN, T: 020 8673 6531
Just off Balham High Road and half way between Clapham South and Balham tube stations, this attractive Victorian pub organises Monday movies – free admission and free popcorn! A chance to see good films you may have missed first time round or just fancy viewing again. Kids films from 3.30pm and adults from 8pm. Check their Facebook page for what’s on.

1 Clapham Common Northside, London SW4 0QW, T: 020 7498 4699
This arts venue also holds occasional specialist film screenings and events.

Out at Clapham
A monthly LGBT film club at the Clapham Picturehouse cinema. In association with the Wandsworth LGBT Forum.

Ritzy Picturehouse
Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London, SW2 1JG Box Office: 0871 902 5739
Just down the road from Clapham, the Brixton Ritzy usually shows a different selection of films to those on at the Clapham Picturehouse. The downstairs Bar & Kitchen is open from 8am for breakfast and later on serves wines and beers and a range of food. Upstairs at the Ritzy is a bar and events space which hosts regular music events, comedy and film quizzes.

Streatham Odeon
47-49 High Road, Streatham SW16 1PW

Whirled Cinema
259 Hardess Street, SE24 0HN (near to Brixton and Herne Hill), T: 020 7737 6153
Whirled Cinema is an independent, 60-seat members cinema showing the best of current art house and independent films every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.Annual Membership is £99 a year and entitles members to free screenings. Weekly memberships are available for £10 per person which gives access to two film screenings. The cinema includes an outdoor balcony and bar serving drinks and Firezza pizza before and after screenings.

Outdoor cinema

Every summer we update the listings for outdoor cinema in and around Clapham. Here are a few of the screenings to look out for:

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Outdoor cinema screenings throughout London during the summer including at Battersea Park, Tooting Common, Wandsworth Park and Brockwell Lido.
Also, look out for the Herne Hill Free Film Festival – not too far from Clapham – which usually takes place in May and is free. Trinity Hospice open cinema summer event is always a sell-out so don’t leave it too late to book.

For outdoor screenings further afield, including on rooftops, cemeteries and via hot tubs check Time Out’s listings.