Located at the edge of London’s hip East End you’ll find Genesis Cinema, an independent, family-run cinema that’s full of character. It has been the face of East London entertainment for the last 150 years, and it has hosted such talent as Charlie Chaplin and the legendary comedy duo Laurel & Hardy. Inside the glamorous entrance hall with its stunning chandelier, it’s clear that this is not your average London cinema.
You start your day in the cinema’s foyer, spoiling yourself with a freshly brewed coffee and a scrumptious “crodough” (a croissant pastry that is fried like a doughnut, delivered daily by Rinkoff bakery). You connect to the free Wi-Fi and send an important email as you sip your coffee.
When it’s time for dinner, you drop by the box office and grab a bar pass. You head upstairs to the intimate restaurant and dig into a homemade pie and mash. Afterward, you relax by the bar and indulge in one of the many signature cocktails prepared by the in-house mixologists.
Now that you’ve eaten, you head back downstairs to check out what films are showing on the theatre’s five screens. The largest screen seats 575 people, but you want the ultimate experience, so you treat yourself to a ticket for the luxurious Studio 5, which has a private bar and 40 deluxe seats. You recline in the luxurious arm chair and cosy up under a plush blanket. Even the elegant art deco staircase makes you feel the Hollywood glamour, minus the paparazzi, of course.
After your film is over, you stick around for the many events the cinema offers, including a vibrant poetry slam, a film quiz and a script writing workshop. As your night draws to a close, you make a pit stop at the art gallery downstairs and feast your eyes on a first-rate exhibition.
It was Alfred Hitchcock who said that the cinema is not a slice of life, but a slice of cake. At Genesis Cinema you get the best of both! You can indulge your intellect, your heart and your tummy all at the same time.