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charsiew


Posts: 21
Joined: Aug 2012
Post: #1
14-11-2012 09:33 AM

I am surprised by the lack of cinemas near Forest Hill. How does one enjoy going catch the odd film in the area?

I don't have a car........

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IWereAbsolutelyFuming


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Joined: Oct 2007
Post: #2
14-11-2012 09:44 AM

Take a short ride on the Overground to Surrey Quays.

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BarCar


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Joined: Nov 2007
Post: #3
14-11-2012 09:49 AM

And support the campaign to bring a cinema to Crystal Palace: http://www.campaign.picture-palace.org/

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james wilcox


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Joined: Dec 2008
Post: #4
14-11-2012 10:17 AM

Just jump on the P4 to Brixton and visit the Ritzy. Easy....

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charsiew


Posts: 21
Joined: Aug 2012
Post: #5
14-11-2012 10:20 AM

Thanks, I thought Surrey Quays would be the nearest one to us.
Have signed the petition as well

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poolsneighbour


Posts: 162
Joined: Mar 2011
Post: #6
14-11-2012 11:16 AM

I find Beckenham Odeon to be a nicer environment than Surrey Quays, and if you're driving, its not far at all!

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Cheeky


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Joined: May 2009
Post: #7
14-11-2012 11:43 AM

I know you said you don't have a car but if you can get there, Greenwich Picturehouse wins hands down everytime, a far superior option to The Ritzy which is very tired, cramped and always too busy.

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hillwalker


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Joined: Oct 2007
Post: #8
14-11-2012 11:52 AM

Another vote for the Greenwich Picturehouse here. Train to New Cross Gate and bus or bus from Catford. Great bar upstairs and a crowd that really appreciates the film.

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Sibelius


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Post: #9
14-11-2012 12:43 PM

poolsneighbour, is it easy to park (free?) near the Beckenham Odeon?

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IWereAbsolutelyFuming


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Post: #10
14-11-2012 12:46 PM

There is a car park at Beckenham Odeon but it has the smallest spaces and lanes I've ever seen. There are other car parks there and parking in nearby streets.

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Sibelius


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Post: #11
14-11-2012 01:03 PM

OK, thanks. What is it with people creating these tiny parking slots? I know they're trying to maximise space, but if you can't even get out of your car you won't see the film!

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rshdunlop


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Post: #12
14-11-2012 06:34 PM

I once tried to park in the car park at the Beckenham Odeon - as soon as I drove in, I could see I wasn't going to get into the spaces. Even driving around to drive out again proved difficult as there was barely room to turn around the ends of the lanes.

There is a 24 hour multi-storey carpark in Village Way, just a few minutes walk from the cinema. It's not free, but pretty cheap - about 40p an hour. I love the cinema in Beckenham, it feels like a proper local cinema, and I'm happy for my kids (young to mid-teens) to go by themselves as there is never any trouble.

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Poppy9560


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Joined: Aug 2008
Post: #13
14-11-2012 07:09 PM

if I ever go to the cinema i(which is rare sadly) it's the Clapham Picturehouse - nice little cinema bit of a trek but my friend lives in Clapham South so we eat out afterwards

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nottinghillbilly


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Joined: Dec 2010
Post: #14
15-11-2012 10:10 PM

We always go to Beckenham, its a really nice cinema with comfy seats and good sound and picture quality

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shimmysister


Posts: 125
Joined: Aug 2011
Post: #15
16-11-2012 12:47 PM

I've heard that a picture house cinema could be coming to West Norwood and will be right near the train station!

http://www.streathamguardian.co.uk/news/...th_cinema/

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Theotherbrian


Posts: 84
Joined: Mar 2005
Post: #16
16-11-2012 07:38 PM

Greenwich Picture House - great seating, bar and an audience who want to see the film. I tried Beckenham but the last time I went to there was an absolute nightmare - it was dirty and members of the audience were abused randomly by a pair of ladies and their delightful offspring. Within about 15 minutes they had cleared an exclusion zone around them. Seems like they were known to the staff who did nothing. I would never go there again.
You can become a member at the GPH which entitles you to discounts not only for the seats but in the cinema bar, local and national businesses. You can book online, choose your seats and the fee is waived. You would need only to go about ten times in the year to get your membership fee back in the savings you could make. It's a real pleasure to go there. I would recommend it most highly.

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thenutfield


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Post: #17
19-11-2012 02:50 PM

you could try the train from FH or HOP to Streatham Hill (the train that goes to Victoria), then short stroll to Streatham Odeon. On your way to the cinema, pick up some treats from the fantastic italian deli just by the station!

This post was last modified: 19-11-2012 02:51 PM by thenutfield.

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thenutfield


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Post: #18
19-11-2012 02:57 PM

p.s. I'm not particularly ancient - in my 40's - but I can remember when there was a cinema in
- Forest Hill
- Sydenham
- Catford
- Lewisham (x3 - the Odeon plus the dodgy 'Studio 6 & 7')

Ah, they were the days!

pps, I have often thought it would be great (and quite easy to do) if The Capitol put a big screen behind the bar and held the occasional movie night there. Good film and a cheap beer - perfect!

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Dillwihs


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Joined: Jun 2010
Post: #19
19-11-2012 03:09 PM

Capitol still has the old screen upstairs, i have heard there was a tour of where the cinema used to be. Not sure if they still do that.

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mgmonkey


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Joined: May 2009
Post: #20
19-11-2012 04:33 PM

A bit out there, but I have on occassion gon to Rich Mix across from Shoreditch station up on the East London Line. Well priced tickets and snacks and the kind of audience who don't make lots of noise.

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