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Cinema at the Barbican

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by Kat Parr Mackintosh (subscribe)
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Published November 9th 2010
Most people know the Barbican exists, but not everyone knows this rabbit warren of a building houses a cinema as well as the theatres, galleries and venues. The cinema at the Barbican has three screens - a huge screen downstairs in the basement, in an auditorium with a steep rake, and two smaller screens upstairs above the gallery. And it shows the best of the latest releases as well as a constant stream of the best classic, cult and art house films in cleverly themed seasons.

But the Barbican is a value adding kind of a place, and well as showing films they also hold events to make the hearts of film lovers beat a little more quickly: Q&As with film makers, regular documentary evenings and events, Japanimation, which is a monthly anime masterclass, and the Directorspective, an ongoing season of films by the greatest directors of all time. They also have a 'Bad Film Club' where they show the worst films ever made - they're so bad that they're enjoyable to hate.
The Barbican cinema is also home to the London Children's Film Festival, the London Australian Film Festival, the Palestine Film Festival, Brazil Film Festival, Fashion in Film Festival and the Bicycle Film Festival.

Tickets are very reasonable for London: from £6.50 on Mondays to £8.50 for other evening sessions. And you can take your coffees and drinks in.
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Why? More than you'll get from your local multiplex
Phone: 0872 148 3087
Where: Silk St, City of London, Greater London EC2Y 8DS, nearest station Barbican
Cost: From £6.50
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