Cinema in London

From proposals to conferences and presentations, these cinemas for hire in London are the perfect way to give your guests VIP treatment!



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  • Cinema - ODEON BFI IMAX Waterloo
    Waterloo South BankODEON BFI IMAX Waterloo498 People

    The BFI IMAX® offers real impact. At more than 20 metres high and 26 metres wide, the BFI IMAX® is the biggest cinema screen in the UK, giving audiences a genuinely unique experience in both 2D and 3D. The luxury auditorium, which sits 498 people, is regularly used for product launches, conferences, private screenings and major events,and is the ideal venue for businesses looking to make a statement.

  • Cinema - Business Design Centre
    IslingtonBusiness Design Centre1500 People

    Ideally located in the centre of venue and covering over 2000m2, the Mezzanine has an exceptional abundance of light and has the perfect space for large exhibitions, awards evening dinners, gala dinners, large conferences and more. It's proximity to the breakout rooms makes the space ideal for a conference to run alongside a large exhibition.

  • Cinema - VUE West End
    West EndVUE West End270 People

    When your Conference or Event has to deliver the wow factor and has to reflect your companies high brand standards, look no further. With a big screen experience and state - of -art technology your conference will be an unforgettable experience for your team and clients.

  • Cinema - The Insurance Hall

    An impressive room by any standards. Spacious with plenty of natural daylight and full of impressive, iconic period features of oak panelling and magnificent stained-glass windows, detailing a history of insurance companies from the past. The Great Hall is perfect for conferences, presentations, AGMs and awards ceremonies. The space is fully equipped with an automated blackout system, lobby reception area, adjustable lighting, 13ft front projection screen and features a fixed stage and minstrel gallery.

  • Cinema - Wallacespace Clerkenwell Green
    ClerkenwellWallacespace Clerkenwell Green60 People

    Whether you need a quick nibble with a glass of something cold at the end of the day or a sumptuous feast in stylish settings of out penthouses. You can be rest assured that we cook and prepare seasonal, fresh produce with non of that processed nonsense. Our menus joyfully reflect the culture and diversity that surrounds us in London; serving a variety of different cuisines. Plus, creating a menu the Wallacespace way means we'll always be able to work with you dietary needs and personal tastes to create a bespoke experience for you and your guests.

  • Cinema - Bermondsey Social Club
    BermondseyBermondsey Social Club120 People

    Bermondsey Social is a unique space set under a railway arch in South Bermondsey. An Ideal spot for private parties, club nights, corporate events, Christmas parties, Birthday parties and much more BSC boasts to have one of the best outdoor areas south of the river along with a state of the art light rig and amazing DnB sound system. We can accommodate up to 120-140 guests for events and have staging on site should you need it for a live band to play or to present an award. We also have a projector and screen. Our License is till 4am 7 days a week.

  • Cinema - Regent Street Cinema
    West EndRegent Street Cinema187 People

    At Britain's oldest cinema, your screening will be held in the same place that the Lumiere' brother's films were first shown to the public in the UK in 1986. Beautifully restored to match it's first incarnation as a cinema the auditorium has a striking, almost theatrical feel to it, unlike anywhere else in the West End. With a full suite of modern projection equipment, we are able to screen 35mm film and 4k. Our fully licensed bar is available alongside bespoke catering option.

  • Cinema - The Canary Wharf Everyman Cinema
    Tower HamletsThe Canary Wharf Everyman Cinema 105 People

    Screen 2 seats 105 people and is the ideal space for an awards ceremony, Q&A session, presentation or conference event. Breakfast networking events are particularly successful and we can cater the entire event. All seats are plush sofas or armchairs, upholstered in black, grey or tweed velvet with a fun pop of orange. The cinematic screen is easily utilised simply by laptop hook up (HDMI) or DVD and will impress your colleagues and clients alike. We have a range of fantastic hospitality packages to compliment your event.

  • Cinema - Barbican Centre
    City of LondonBarbican Centre246 People

    This exceptionally well-equipped cinema boasts state of the art audio and visual equipment, making it equally well-suited to film screenings and the most technically demanding conferences. Its simultaneous translation booths make it particularly suited to international companies.

  • Cinema - Bolton's Restaurant

    The Venetia Room is the perfect spot for small private event

  • Cinema - Cineworld - The O2 Greenwich
    GreenwichCineworld - The O2 Greenwich853 People

    If you're stuck between holding your event at Cineworld or a more traditional venue, let us be the first to recommend Cineworld. The venue is modern and exciting from the moment you step inside, with integrated digital signage, for engaging branding opportunities. Then there's the Superscreen itself, this huge screen really delivers on the "super" part, and the impressive two-tier auditorium really adds that extra grandeur of cinema to any event. If you need catering they offer a range of local options, as well as classic cinema snack to get everyone in the Hollywood spirit.

  • Cinema - The Electric Cinema
    Notting HillThe Electric Cinema83 People

    Located in the heart of Notting Hill, The Electric Cinema is an impressively unique cinema experience. With grade listed interior, the cinema accommodates a wide variety of events from corporate screenings and presentations, to bloggers events and fashion launches. Evening hire from 6pm, upon application.

  • Cinema - Meraki London
    FitzroviaMeraki London45 People

    Disappear behind the wine shelf, revealing a secret entrance to The Living Room! Guests will descend the stairs to the hidden bar below, featuring eye-catching tropical wall treatments, a mixture of lush, velvet seating in rich jewel-tone colours and the bar's signature caves, artistically built into arched brick walls. The Living Room has it's own private bar, informal seating & table areas with surrounding mingling space. Also includes a separate sound system to play your own music and private WC facilities. Ideal for drinks & canape receptions, corporate networking and Christmas parties!

  • Cinema - The Prince Of Wales Brixton

    POW is a large multi-use venue with a two-tier outdoor roof terrace. All of our spaces attract high profile private hire from leading supermarkets to film publishers, we can cater for most types of events/hires. Our spaces are especially great for private parties, product launches, networking events and drinks receptions. Our 1920s Art Deco dancehall has unique features, full audio visual install and Funktion-One sound system. Our terrace has views across the South-London skyline and Windrush Square and is also kitted out with speakers and more.

  • Cinema - Smith's of Smithfield
    ClerkenwellSmith's of Smithfield40 People

    With beautiful views across the London rooftops, you can enjoy a selection of smaller and larger plates, cocktails and wine. With an all year round terrace perfect for sunny summer afternoons or cozy winter evenings. Smiths is the ultimate destination for your event in Farringdon.

  • Cinema - Sadler's Wells
    AngelSadler's Wells 1500 People

    Sadler's Wells has a 1500 seat main auditorium which is equipped with advanced theatre technology ensuring unbeatable technical service, from computer controlled flying to state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment.


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What kind of events can I host in a cinema?

Cinemas can be fantastic locations for events, as they’re generally well-equipped to accommodate large crowds, and feature both seated spaces, and large reception areas. They often play host to drinks receptions and conferences, but these aren’t the only events that work well in this setting: in fact, there’s a long list of event types that are perfectly suited to the unique backdrop of a cinema.

For a start, the tiered seating in cinemas is ideal for presentations of any kind, from product launches to press briefings, and even awards ceremonies. With cinema seats being designed to make sitting for long periods as comfortable as possible, staging your event here helps avoid audience restlessness and helps to keep everyone engaged. For long conferences this is especially useful, but it’ll be a welcome feature of shorter events as well.

Of course, we couldn’t leave out events that need screens - like film screenings, film premieres and private viewings too - there’s nothing like the silver screen for showcasing your film in the best light. And the film theme isn’t all work and no play: why not base your Christmas party in a luxurious cinema, and give your team the rare treat of singing along to Buddy the Elf with their colleagues? Best of all, with private hire, you’ll have the pick of the popcorn all to yourselves!

What's the best cinema for an event in London?

London has fantastic cinemas in every area, with dozens vying for the title of top screen across the city. But not all cinemas are created equal, and some work better for certain types of events than others because of their size, layout, and facilities. To help you find the right one for your requirements, we’ve put together some of the top cinemas for different kinds of events.

Best cinemas for conferences in London

For a conference, you’ll likely be looking to have a stage area that’s visible to all, and a large screen to display the slides. Cinemas are the perfect solution for both, being set up with the sharpest graphics and tiered seating already. The distinctive Odeon BFI Waterloo boasts the largest screen in the UK, at 20 by 26m, which provides an incredible medium to share your products or innovations with an audience of almost 500 delegates. Or, if you need something even bigger, the ODEON Luxe Leicester Square packs a punch with seating for 790 attendees. Both are ideal for conferences, with stage builds available, and comfortable seating to give all delegates a great vantage point.

Best cinemas for private parties in London

If you’re looking into cinemas for a private party, we salute you! Cinemas are fantastic venues for hen parties, birthday parties, retirement parties, engagement parties, and much more. Just think of all the embarrassing home videos you could show (or you could be kind and just roll with the birthday boy or bride’s favourite rom-com!). For private cinema parties, you’ll want to look for cosy, intimate venues, like the Canary Wharf Everyman, which seats up to 109 guests in the comfiest velvet armchairs and sofas, or the iconic Institute of Contemporary Arts, with its fabulous red velvet seats and dressing room-style lighting.

Best cinemas for corporate parties in London

Corporate parties require a different approach to private parties, as you’ll need to give your guests time to warm up and network. That’s where cinemas with elegant, comfortable foyers come in, providing a reception area that’s refined and well-equipped to provide catering, before your party moves on to the cinema screens. The Electric Cinema in Notting Hill Gate is a seriously knock-out venue, with leather armchairs and champagne served inside an Edwardian theatre - a match made in cinema heaven! Another choice which is guaranteed to impress all of your guests is the luxurious Regent Street Cinema, Britain’s oldest cinema and a historic gem of a venue for a special event.

Best cinemas for Christmas parties in London

Ah, the all-important Christmas party: this is one that you can’t get wrong. The usual formula for Christmas parties is eating too much, drinking too much, and dancing until all hours - and you can absolutely keep up the tradition, just in a much more unique venue: a cinema.

Why not bring everyone together to bond over Buddy the Elf, cry over It’s A Wonderful Life, or dance to Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree in a private, sociable screening, complete with festive food and drink?! We’re not talking hot dogs and Maltesers, either (although, if that’s what the office wants, we won’t judge) - in London’s best cinemas, food is as important as the film! Charity venue Rich Mix in Shoreditch provides a range of catering from popcorn and shakes to champagne and canapes, to keep everyone happy. And at RSA House’s Durham Auditorium, you can enjoy a classic film in the atmospheric vaults, complete with tasty treats and the chance to dance the night away in the venue afterwards!

Best cinemas for office incentives in London

If you’re looking for a unique incentive for your team, take our advice and book up a cinema trip to ramp up the anticipation. It’s impossible not to get excited at the thought of a cinema trip, particularly one that’s exclusive to just your company. VUE West End is a classic choice for a fun team trip, with plenty of leg-room and comfy seats to relax in. After something a bit smaller? The Cubic Theatre at The London Transport Museum is a fun and elegant space for up to 120, with an adjoining reception space for drinks and nibbles afterwards.

Best cinemas for award ceremonies in London

Cinemas make fantastic settings for stylish award ceremonies, with an ideal set-up for presentations and plenty of space for mingling and toasting success. For larger guest lists, we’d recommend the glamorous Superscreen at Cineworld in the O2, which can fit over 850 people in a two-tier setting, giving your event the prestige it deserves. Plus, with digital signage options in the impressive foyer, there’s plenty of opportunity to get your brand out there. Or, for something really premium, why not check out the Private Cinema at the Courthouse Hotel in Soho, where you can enjoy some of the bar’s delicious cocktails before the ceremony?

Why should I host my event in a cinema?

There are plenty of benefits to hosting your event in a cinema. Firstly, it’s an unusual setting, and that’s guaranteed to bring in the difficult-to-pin-down guests! And secondly, cinemas are generally set up to accommodate events that require seating and a screen anyway, so you may as well save yourself some of the hassle of coordinating the layout!

Cinemas are also usually well-equipped for accessibility requirements, from having room for wheelchairs, to offering ramps, accessible bathrooms, and lifts, unlike some older buildings. Additionally, many cinemas now offer Audio Description and subtitling so that everyone can enjoy the film, and guide dogs are allowed in all cinemas.

Cinemas are also generally well-connected to transport links, and can provide catering on-site, so it should be easy to facilitate all the important elements of your event, meaning you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the event!

How to plan an event in a cinema

Planning a conference in a cinema

When planning a conference in a cinema, there are certain elements that you need to take into account. Aspects like seating and disabled access will generally be in place already in cinemas, but you’ll likely want to provide banners, signage, and branded materials to decorate the event space. Once you’ve booked the venue, you’ll have to communicate the tech requirements - from microphones to specific sound arrangements - to the in-house team, and make sure that the dimensions and size of the screen is factored into your slide designs.

Planning a private party in a cinema

Whether you’re planning a cinema birthday party, corporate party, or office party, you’ll need to consider several key things in preparing for the event. Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, you’ll have to decide on which film to screen, which can be a tricky choice to make. If it’s possible, you could get your invitees to vote on their top pick from a selection of 5 options, which allows everyone to have a say. Next, you’ll need to consider the decorations and catering, and set a budget for the bar, if you’re running your event with a free bar. In terms of catering, many cinemas have great in-house kitchens and catering staff, or have preferred suppliers they work with, so you’ll need to liaise with them to find out the options. If you want to bring in your own caterers, check out our recommendations for the best caterers in the business.

Planning a Christmas party in a cinema

For a Christmas party, it’s also worth getting input on the choice of film from your guests, though we recommend sticking to a festive selection to stay on-season! Of course, you’ll want to decorate the venue to give it a touch of Christmas sparkle, and make your cinema night stand out in your guests’ memories. And last but not least, add snacks! Whether they’re festive-themed nibbles, like mini sausages and mince pies, or cinema favourites like popcorn and chocolates, the food is the icing on the (Christmas) cake, so don’t leave it to the last minute! Find out what the venue provides in terms of catering, or look into bringing in caterers to make your Christmas party a real cracker!

If you need any more help choosing the right venue for your event, get in touch with one of our Venue Experts today for some more advice on finding the best setting for your event.

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The private screening rooms of London provide a unique space for corporate functions and events (or just a re-run of your favourite blockbusters!). Walk your guests up the red carpet to their own private cinema and enjoy some of the city's best hospitality and most impressive AV technology. We've got a wide range of screening rooms and cinemas from classic cinema chains with massive screens and a capacity to match, to independent local cinemas with endless charm and appeal! We've also got a select range of secret cinema rooms at unusual venues for a real wow-factor with your event.

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