Five cinemas that double as event spaces

The British Film Institute's IMAX, Whirled, and the recently refurbished Regent Street Cinema all feature in our list of cinemas with event space to hire.

The University of Westminster recently completed a restoration project on its Regent Street cinema
The University of Westminster recently completed a restoration project on its Regent Street cinema

Regent Street Cinema – University of Westminster 

The University of Westminster recently completed a major restoration project on its historic Regent Street Cinema. The 187 seat venue can be hired out, while a fully licensed bar offers craft beers, fine wines, sweets and snacks. The venue can also provide a bespoke catering service.

Where: 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW

Contact: 0207 911 5050

Electric Cinema

With two locations in Portobello and Shoreditch, the Electic Cinema has venue space to hire for press launches, photo shoots or corporate events. Its Portabello venue can host events for up to 83 people for day events, while its Shoreditch venue is available for private hire until 5.30pm Monday – Friday, with the potential for evening or Saturday hire on request.

Where: 191 Portabello Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 2ED and 64-66 Redchurch St, Shoreditch, E2 7DP.           



The British Film Institute’s IMAX cinema opposite Waterloo train station in London boasts the UK’s largest cinema screen, at more than 20 metres high and 26 metres wide. The cinema complex also features a number of spaces for events.

The 500-capacity auditorium is suitable for product launches and awards ceremonies, while the 320-capacity first floor foyer is ideal for receptions, photoshoots and product launches.

Where: 1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, South Bank, Waterloo, London, SE1 8XR

Contact: 0203 432 7740 

Art Deco cinema at Heritage Motor Centre 

Opened in 2012, the cinema features 1930s period décor with 35 luxury seats, an LCD projector, DVD player and a raised stage. The cinema has also developed its own flavoured popcorn, and can supply tubs of locally-produced Churchfield ice creams for corporate events.

Where: Heritage Motor Centre, Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire, CB35 0BJ


Whirled Cinema

South London cinema Whirled has facilities to hire for both members and non-members, during the day and evening. The 60-seater venue is suitable for launch parties, corporate hospitality, film festivals or other events.

Where: 259-260 Hardess Street, Loughborough Junction, London, SE24 0HN           

Contact: 0207 737 6153

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