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101 things to do in London: Get into classic and arthouse cinema

Posted at 7:00 am, August 13, 2011 in Arts & Entertainment

Fritz Lang's MetropolisAs the summer slowly fades into autumn and the last of the CGI-heavy blockbusters vie for audience’s hard-earned cash, it’s worth remembering that there is an alternative to the flood of mainstream Hollywood offerings. With the recent London riots affecting the UK film industry in a big way (many smaller, specialist distributors lost their entire stock in the Sony DADC fire and cinema attendances dropped by 25% on Tuesday as film-lovers took the decision to stay at home), there’s never been a more crucial time to support the capital’s independent cinemas. Offering everything from old-school classics like Fritz Lang’s ‘Metropolis’ (above) to new independant and arthouse film, London is blessed with a wide array of fantastic exhibitors providing every style and genre a cinephile could ever wish for. Here’s ten of the best:

Phoenix in East Finchley
Rio in Dalston
Curzon Soho
BFI Southbank
ROXY Bar & Screen
Ritzy Brixton
Cine Lumiere
Screen on the Green
Portobello Pop Up Cinema
Riverside Studios

For more ideas, see 101 Things to do in London. What’s your favourite independent cinema? Comments below.

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