2019 Festival Venues
REGENT STREET CINEMA
Our main venue this year, and the home of our Festival Hub is Regent Street Cinema, near Oxford Circus.
Built in 1848 and housed within the Polytechnic Institution on London’s Regent Street, the cinema was the first in the country to show moving pictures. In 1896, the cinema showcased the Lumière brothers’ Cinématographe to a paying audience, and, as the curtain fell, British cinema was born.
After being used as a student lecture hall by the university since 1980, it was restored into a working cinema featuring a state-of-the-art auditorium as well as an inclusive space for learning, cultural exchange and exhibitions. It is a truly landmark venue for the British film industry in the heart of London’s West End.
Irish Film London is proud to welcome The Marylebone as our official hotel partner and venue. The vibrant, bijou ambience of Marylebone, one of London’s trendiest neighbourhoods, is mirrored in the stylish hotel that shares its name.
The Marylebone hotel harnesses the infectious energy and style of W1 at every turn - from its social (and ultra-chic) restaurants and bars; to its glamorous private dining spaces – the hotel is a unique gem in Marylebone village.
The continental 108 Brasserie, entered via the cobbles of Marylebone Lane sets the scene for a sophisticated drinking and dining experience. The menu is classic yet refined with modern British cuisine taking centerstage –perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner; whilst the new Cocktail Bar is Marylebone’s latest hideaway, a haven of warmth, elegance and allure. Found at the front of the hotel, The Cocktail Bar takes its design inspiration from the four seasons of the year, with each of its four spaces responding to the natural light that flows through the space.
The Marylebone is part of The Doyle Collection, a luxury hotel group that prides itself on warm service that stems from its Irish family ownership.
The Marylebone has kindly arranged a discount for our friends. Simply add the code: IRISH at the checkout stage of your booking.
THE UNION CLUB
The Union Club is a beautiful 270 year old Soho town house in the
heart of London's West End. A private members club of unique
character: intimate, eclectic and authentic.
Occasional Partner Venues
The Picturehouse's latest branch, opened in the summer of 2015, sits on the site of the old Cineworld in Piccadilly's Trocadero centre, which has had a stunning revamp. Distancing itself from the old maze that was former cinema entrance, Picturehouse have walled this up and made a clear entrance on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Great Windmill Street.
Inside visitors are met with a grand staircase paired with a film themed mural by US artists Patrick Vale and Paul Davis. There's also a ground floor café. Up a level you'll find the box office and the bar, before heading to one of the seven screens. Still in the same theatres the original screens were, these rooms have been overhauled with larger screens and comfy seats with more leg room.
Another climb up a level will take you to the gallery space and a members-only bar with a roof terrace that looks out over the busy streets of central London.
The Tricycle independent theatre and cinema on Kilburn High Road has been running since 1980 and it has become one of London’s most adored and respected venues. Eleven years ago a one-screen cinema was added on and in 2001 the Creative Space was built for educational workshops. The venue also boasts a vibrant cafe bar, and exhibition space and a number of rehearsal studios.
Tricycle’s is known as the powerhouse of London for Political Theatre, and its directors strive to present work which reflects the cultural diversity of its Kilburn neighbourhood, a heavily immigrant area, in both its theatrical and cinematic programming. They often work with Irish, African-Caribbean and Asian directors and writers, ensuring their programme includes eclectic screenings, documentaries and independent films in addition to the current blockbuster, with a particular flair for excellent Q&As with directors and actors. Read a recent Guardian review of Tricycle HERE
269 Kilburn High Road London NW6 7JR
Nearest Tube: Kilburn (Jubilee Line)
Nearest Overground: Brondesbury
Box Office: 020 7328 1000
BERTHA DOCHOUSE AT CURZON BLOOMSBURY
The Bertha DocHouse screen at Curzon Bloomsbury is the UK’s first cinema dedicated solely to documentary films and events. They select the best documentaries out there and bring them to London audiences along with discussion, masterclasses and unique learning opportunities.
London WC1N 1AW
Nearest Station: Russell Square
Box Office: 0330 500 1331
The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) supports radical art and culture. Through a vibrant programme of exhibitions, films, events, talks and debates, the ICA challenges perceived notions and stimulates debate, experimentation, creativity and exchange with visitors. Founded in 1946 by a group of artists including Roland Penrose, Peter Watson and Herbert Read, the ICA continues to support living artists in showing and exploring their work, often as it emerges and before others.
The ICA has been at the forefront of cultural experimentation since its formation and has presented important debut solo shows by artists including Damien Hirst, Steve McQueen, Richard Prince and Luc Tuymans. More recently Pablo Bronstein, Lis Rhodes, Bjarne Melgaard and Juergen Teller have all staged key solo exhibitions, whilst a new generation of artists, including Luke Fowler, Lucky PDF, Hannah Sawtell and Factory Floor have taken part in exhibitions and residencies. The ICA was one of the first venues to present The Clash and The Smiths, as well as bands such as Throbbing Gristle.
The inaugural ICA / LUX Biennial of Moving Images was launched in 2012, and the ICA Cinema continues to screen rare artists' film, support independent releases and partner with leading film festivals.
Find out more on their website
Curzon Soho is known as the filmmakers cinema because it’s the kind of venue where you could find yourself sitting next to a screenwriter or director. The bar is often buzzing with the sound of highly energised conversations discussing film but there are enough in the corner spots to tuck yourself away whilst waiting for your film to start.
Soho hosts regular director Q&As, documentary events, previews and often has exhibitions linked to the films being screened.
In 1998, the cinema was divided into a three screen complex and renamed Curzon Soho. With a fully licensed bar on the mezzanine level, the venue has proved hugely successful, voted London’s Number One cinema by Time Out readers.
99 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1D 5DY
Nearest tube: Leicester Sq
Clapham Picturehouse is a boutique, quirky, friendly neighbourhood cinema tucked away, just around the corner from Clapham Common tube station on Venn Street. This local gem boasts a well stocked and varied bar, with a patio to enjoy a nice autumn evening's sunset. The venue's cosy screens and old-school vibe bring plenty of festivals, independent films and special one-off events to Clapham.
The Clapham area has lots of pre and post film eating and drinking options, and the Common has 220 acres of green space, three ponds and an old bandstand. Clapham Picturehouse runs children's screenings, silver screenings, autism-friendly screenings and has a very popular joint membership option. They work with festival such as the London Polish Film Festival, Out at Clapham and Birds Eye View.
Find out more on their website
Hackney Picturehouse is one of the largest and most comfortable Picturehouses in London, with great tiered seating, comfortable reclining seats and large screens. As with all other Picturehouses there is an all day cafe bar, open to non-cinema goers too. There are three floors, at the top floor there is the Hackney Attic, a lounge bar for intimate live music, comedy, open mic and DJs.
The venue is host to multiple festivals including Film Festival Australia, East End Film Festival and the London Feminist Film Festival. They also screen the Royal Shakespeare Company's live performances from Stratford-Upon-Avon, opera from the National Theatre and Bolshoi Ballet from Moscow. They too have children's screenings, silver screenings and other interesting strands.
Find out more on their website
THE PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA
7 Leicester Place London WC2H 7BY
Nearest Station: Leicester Square
Box Office: 020 74943654
107 Kingsland High Street London E8 2PB
Nearest Station: Dalston Kingsland
Box Office: 020 7241 9410
Europe House is the UK base of both the European Parliament Information Office and European Commission Representation. It provides a space for discussion and debate on EU issues as they relate to the UK, and a wide range of events, from cultural to educational to political.
Europe House's Cultural Attaché is responsible for liaising with EU member states' embassies, institutes of culture, and arts organisations, and in developing joint cultural projects.
The Irish Community in London has a strong relationship with Europe House, who host many exhibitions, talks and gatherings each year run by Irish organisations such as Irish Heritage, the Irish Cultural Centre and St.
Mary’s University, Twickenham.
32 Smith Square London SW1P 3EU
Nearest Station: Westminster (District & Circle Lines)
Reception: 020 7973 1992