This morning, a new London film theatre opens its doors to the public for the first time. The Hackney Picturehouse – run by the good people behind The Ritzy and The Gate – follows the current trend of being more than just a film house, with four screens, three bars, one café, an art gallery and a live events space. It takes over the woefully defunct Ocean music venue and the space has been transformed into an unrecognisably stylish, Patrick-Bateman-apartment style screening house. Each of the four screens come replete with jumbo velvety seats that ease into a slight recline when you sit on them – a bit like having a really luxurious, relaxing trip to the dentist, while the lobby has a vintage old fangled film projector by way of a feature – as if to illustrate how very modern the place is by comparison.
The cinema opened yesterday morning with a press event (below), where actor and Hackney resident Michael Fassbender (‘Hunger’, ‘Jane Eyre’) gave a short speech celebrating the launch. There was also an announcement of the cinema’s upcoming programme, highlights of which include the Film Africa festival, which begins next week, the Kurdish Film Festival later in November, a number of special events including a talk by Mark Kermode and a World Aids Day screening of new doc ‘We Were Here’, plus new release fare including ‘The Help’, ‘Tintin’, ‘Wuthering Heights’ and ‘Sherlock Holmes 2’.
Find full listings for the Hackney Picturehouse in Time Out every week, or see picturehouses.co.uk for info.