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Saturday, 31 October 2009

Birkbeck Cinema in London

Has anyone ever been to Birkbeck Cinema? Birkbeck as in University of London - fairly central.

I discovered its existence two years ago - I think I was doing a short course at Bbk and noticed a new-looking cinema as I wandered round the building getting to the class.

Since then I've picked up only the scraps of merest hints that the cinema is used (there was something a year or so about Spanish film I think) and I think it gets used by the students who are studying film. It seems films are on during the day but it's not clear (and a bit of an uphill struggle to find out) what's on in the evening - it's not immediately obvious what the timings are there.

But it's open for commercial rates and can be hired - maybe I should check Time Out and the other listings for more info.

Its main website is here

There's only one link there as far as I can tell, which goes to this PDF leaflet of which I have a hard copy taken directly from the foyer at Birkbeck

I also picked up a rates leaflet (2007) which doesn't appear to be on the website - details below.

From the domain name of the email I found the Independent Cinema Office website (it doesn't mention the Birkbeck Cinema in its London list though). It's a good list anyway.

Commercial Rates
  • Seating for 62 plus 8 tip-up seats and space for wheelchairs
  • Choice of available equipment
9.00am-6.00pm £140/hour
6.00pm-10.00pm £180/hour

Saturday and Sunday
10.00am-10.00pm £200/hour
All prices are exclusive of VAT

Student and Not-for-profit Rates
A limited amount of Birkbeck Cinema hire time per month is available to students and not-for-profit organisations.

9.00am-6.00pm £90/hour
6.00pm-10.00pm £140/hour

Saturday and Sunday
10.00am-9.00pm £180/hour
9.00pm-10.00pm £200/hour
All prices are exclusive of VAT

Also available for hire
  • Breakout rooms
  • Catering
  • Non-standard equipment
  • Pianist (for silent films)
Booking enquiries
To make a booking please contact 020 7636 7120 or

Further information

Here are some Flickr pictures of the cinema.


  1. Aha, a bit of digging and I've found the 'Birkbeck Film Society'

    Birkbeck Film Society
    The Birkbeck Film Society was launched in 2009, with an introduction by Professor Mary Wood to a screening of Paolo Sorrentino’s film The Consequences of Love.

    Screenings take place on Friday evenings in the Gordon Square cinema, an Awardwinning space, designed by Surface Architects.

    Watch the Newsletter for details of the 2009-10 programme. The Film Society provides an opportunity to meet Birkbeck students from other programmes who are passionate about film.

    For more information about becoming a member, please email: m.hoek /at/

  2. For full details on the society visit


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