Bill Clinton has just been elected the new president of the United States, Take That are at number one with Could It Be Magic? and Princess Diana and Prince Charles have officially split. It’s December 1992 and in South London the Clapham Picturehouse is opening its doors for the first time…
Twenty-five years later, and the addition of a fourth screen and a couple of refurbishments later, our cinema is as busy and vibrant as ever. Along the way there have been memorable events, with some of the biggest names in the biz heading to our South London spot to present their films on our screens; Colin Firth, Sally Potter, Danny Boyle, Sir David Attenborough, Riz Ahmed, Francois Ozon, Helena Bonham Carter, Louis Theroux and Stanley Tucci, are to name but a few.
To commemorate our 25th anniversary, we’re celebrating with a day of exclusive advance previews! We’ve hand-picked a selection of 2018’s most anticipated releases and are proudly presenting them to you as an early treat. Besides all being excellent, they represent the kind of films we’ve most enjoyed screening over the last two and a half decades.
Among the line-up are strong Best Actress Oscar contenders including Sally Hawkins in The Shape Of Water, Jessica Chastain in Molly’s Game and Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. There’s British brilliance in Saul Bibb’s beautiful acted WWI drama Journey’s End. A return to the screen for one of our favourite directors Alexander Payne (Downsizing), and we’re thrilled to host the first non-festival screening of the astonishing French family drama and gripping thriller Custody. Plus, former Clapham resident Margot Robbie stars in true life sports drama I, Tonya. To top it off there’s a chance to get your paws on tickets for our special screening of the family film of the year Paddington 2 with all proceeds going to local charities!
There’ll be prizes, surprises and delicious food and drink promotions. We’re also resurrecting 1992 with a retro games centre in the bar! And while we’re looking back at simpler times, we’re turning back the clock on the ticket prices too and charging just £10 per screening (£8 for members!) and pints of lager for just £2.39!
Paddington 2 Charity Screening (PG) – 12:30
Director: Paul King.
Starring: Ben Wishaw, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi. UK/France 2017. 103 mins.
Join us for a special screening of one of the year’s best family films, with 100% of the profits going to two local charities! There will also be a small gift for all ticket-holders!Book now
Journey’s End (Cert TBC) – 13:10
Director: Saul Dibb. Starring: Sam Claflin, Paul Bettany, Asa Butterfield. UK 2017. 107 mins
Acclaimed British director/screenwriter Saul Dibb adapts R. C. Sherriff’s celebrated First-World-War drama, starring Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield and Toby Jones.Book now
Custody (18) – 15.00
Director: Xavier Legrand.
Starring: Denis Ménochet, Léa Drucker, Thomas Gioria, Mathilde Auneveux. France 2017. TBC mins. French with English subtitles.
Fresh from the BFI London Film Festival, we’re delighted to be screening this scintillating drama way ahead of its release date next year.Book now
Downsizing (15) – 15.35
Director: Alexander Payne.
Starring: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Kristen Wiig. USA 2017. 135 mins.
Honey we shrunk Matt Damon! Alexander Payne’s ambitious satire about a couple who decide to undergo radical shrinking surgery boasts a sharp script and a great cast.Book now
I, Tonya (Cert TBC) – 17:15
Director: Craig Gillespie. Starring: Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Sebastian Stan. USA 2017. 119 mins.
Based on the unbelievable true events of the ice skating rivalry between Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. This darkly comic tale stars Margot Robbie and a scene-stealing Allison Janney.Book now
The Shape of Water (15) – 18:30
Director: Guillermo del Toro. Starring: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon. USA 2017. 123 mins.
From master storyteller, Guillermo del Toro, comes an otherworldly fairy tale set against the backdrop of 1963’s Cold War America with a standout performance from Sally Hawkins.Book now
Molly’s Game (15) – 20.00
Director: Aaron Sorkin. Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner. USA, 140 mins.
Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut is based on the incredible true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran an exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested by the FBI.Book now
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (15) – 21.10
Director: Martin McDonagh.
Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell. UK/USA 2017. 115 mins.
Our headline screening is Martin McDonagh’s comedy-drama starring an award-worthy Francis McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell. Join us from 8pm in the bar for a drinks reception!Book now
The Mercy (12A) – 5.45
Director: James Marsh. Starring: Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis. USA, 141 mins.
James Marsh (Man On Wire, The Theory Of Everything) directs Colin Firth as yachtsman Donald Crowhurst in this moving true-life drama. The film chronicles Crowhurst’s troubled attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race.Book now