Private Cinemas for Hire in London

Private Cinemas for Hire in London

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Top Private Cinemas in London

Browsing private cinemas to host a screening in London? The big screen is always better. Whether you’re planning a movie night or a film festival, our shortlist of the best private cinema venues for hire is sure to come in handy. Perhaps you’re after a classic movie theatre that’ll charm movie lovers, or maybe you’re looking to hire a cinema for a party. No matter what you need, Tagvenue makes it easy to find the perfect private screening rooms for your upcoming event.

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Private Cinemas Hire Guide

Binge watching at home is great for a lazy weekend, but when it comes to a movie night, you can’t beat the big screen in a private cinema room. Whether you’re hosting a film screening, corporate presentation or a movie night, our roundup of the best cinemas for hire in London is sure to come in handy. Perhaps you’re after an old school theatre for a Hollywood themed birthday party, or maybe you’re looking for a modern cinema with great audio-visual facilities for a glam film premiere. No matter what you’re planning, we’re sure to know a great London cinema that suits. And the best part? We’ll do the legwork for you, so you’ll be kicking back with an oversized bucket of popcorn in no time!

In order to choose from all of these private cinemas and theatres for hire, you will have to compare them with each other. Tagvenue makes it very easy, but you still have to know what you’re looking for. Here are the most important things to consider when choosing a private cinema venue in London:

How to find the best private cinema for hire in London?

  • Location of the venue - Where are you going to carry out your screening session? Private cinemas are abundant all over central London, but if you live in the suburbs, you can check if there’s a cinema room for hire in your area. You can opt for one of the iconic, independent cinemas if you want to add a pleasant atmosphere to your screening.
  • Means of transport - How are you going to get to your cinema? If you usually commute by public transport, hiring a screening space close to a bus or tube station would be your best bet. When browsing on Tagvenue, you can find the name of a nearby station under the name of each venue.
  • Parking facilities - Are you going to get there by car instead? You should check if the private cinema venue has some sort of free parking nearby. You can either send a message to the space manager or check the venue page for more details.
  • Accessibility - Will someone attending your private screening need a fully accessible venue? Many of the cinemas and theatres in London are placed on the ground floor, but it’s always best to make sure you won’t run into any issues beforehand.
  • Amount of seats - How many guests do you plan for your screening? Private cinemas in London are available in all sizes - from small sofa cinemas for up to 20 people, to huge screening rooms fit for movie premieres. Smaller venues are usually the cheapest private cinemas, so it’s best to know your final headcount before signing your contract.
  • Screen size - Do you want that big screen experience from your cinema hire? Sofa cinemas are nice and cheap, but industrial-grade projectors and huge screens are usually dedicated to fully-fledged cinemas. By looking at the photos you can easily judge what kind of space you want.
  • Hire costs - What is your budget? When looking for an affordable private cinema near you, you have to consider both the price and the pricing model of the venue. Most cinemas for hire in London follow a ‘dry hire’ model - meaning you get charged a flat fee either per hour, or per 4-hour screening session. However, some other spaces could set their price based on how many people will attend the screening, or have you set a minimum spend, just like in some bars or restaurants. If you have a set budget, you can filter your screening room search results by minimal price so that you can find the best cinema deal quicker.
  • Snacks - What’s a movie night without popcorn and snacks? Different private cinemas have different policies on that. While smaller cinemas could allow you to bring in your own foodstuffs, cinemas with their own snack bar will usually have you purchase everything you bring into the screening room. If you have any questions, it’s always better to ask the venue manager instead of being surprised on the hire day.

Why should I hire a private cinema in London?

There are many different reasons you would want to organise a private screening. First of all, it’s just a great way to hang out with friends. While you could organise a movie night at home, watching movies or videos with your friends on a big screen is going to make the event much more enjoyable and special. If you’ve just finished your own movie, doing an open screening would encourage indie movie enthusiasts to check out your work. If your private cinema venue allows for this, you can even sell tickets for the screening so that you can raise funds for your next project, or a charity of your choice. If you have movie critics or producers you want to impress, it’s usually expected to carry out the screening in a dedicated screening space to give them the ultimate experience.

First Time Hiring a Private Cinema? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Planning a movie night for a special occasion or just looking for a unique experience? Hiring a private cinema can be an incredible experience, but navigating the process for the first time can raise questions. Fear not, film lovers! This guide will address your common concerns and walk you through the booking process step-by-step, ensuring your private cinema debut is a smash hit.

Common Concerns:

  • Is it expensive? Costs vary depending on factors like venue size, duration, day of the week, and additional services. However, you can expect to find private screening rooms in London starting around £120 per hour. Budgeting starts with defining your must-haves and researching venues within your range. Remember, the unique experience often justifies the price tag!
  • What's included? Each venue with screening rooms offers different packages. Be sure to clarify what's included in the base price, such as the sound system, projector, seating capacity, and basic concessions.
  • What can I show? Most venues allow licensed content (DVDs, Blu-rays, streaming services) with permission. Some offer in-house libraries or partnerships with distributors. Discuss your options with the venue to ensure smooth content delivery.
  • What about food and drinks? Catering options vary by venue. Some offer snacks like popcorn and crisps, while others allow external catering or BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle). Discuss your preferences and dietary needs with the venue to find the best fit.
  • How many people can I invite? At Tagvenue, you are spoilt for a variety of choices - from a small screening room that can comfortably accommodate 20 guests, like Exhibit in Balham, to a large theatre with over 1,000 seats, such as Lighthouse Venue in Southwark. Consider your guest list and pick a spot with enough space to move around and enjoy the event without feeling crowded.

Booking Process Step-by-Step:

  1. Define your needs: Start by outlining your ideal event: occasion, guest count, budget, and desired features (catering, tech, etc.). This helps narrow down your venue search.
  2. Research & compare: Explore our platform and read reviews. Look for event locations that have positive feedback and match your requirements. Compare prices, amenities, and locations to find the best fit for your event.
  3. Contact venues: Reach out to the cinema spaces you are interested in and inquire about availability, packages, and any additional details you may need. Ask for a site visit if necessary to ensure the space meets your expectations!
  4. Finalise details: Once you've chosen your venue, confirm key details with the venue manager: date, time, duration, headcount, catering, equipment needs, etc.
  5. Prepare your content: Ensure you have the necessary permissions, files, or streaming subscriptions for your chosen film or presentation. Test tech compatibility if bringing your own content.
  6. Relax and enjoy! With everything planned, simply arrive early, settle in, and prepare to be wowed by your private cinema experience!

Hiring a private cinema may sound overwhelming at first, but with our platform, it can actually be hassle-free and enjoyable. Embrace the planning process, enjoy the unique atmosphere, and create lasting memories for you and your guests. Now, go grab your popcorn and get ready to roll the credits on a successful first-time experience!

Unique Event Ideas for Private Cinemas

While we typically associate private theatres with dim lighting and buckets of popcorn, their potential goes well beyond movie nights! These immersive spaces offer a versatile canvas for a vast range of creative and impactful events. Ready to unlock the possibilities? Let's explore some unique ways to utilise private film theatres in London:

1. Product Launches:

Imagine unveiling your latest product not on a traditional stage but on a giant screen, surrounded by captivated attendees. Private cinemas create an impactful setting for your product launches. Invite influencers, media personnel, or key stakeholders for an exclusive preview followed by a Q&A session, fostering meaningful engagement and generating buzz.

2. Business Presentations:

Tired of the same old PowerPoint presentations? Take your corporate training sessions, conferences, or workshops to the next level with a big screen. Your audience will be fully immersed in the content, making it easier for them to absorb information and focus on the key takeaways. Additionally, by incorporating interactive elements such as live polling to enhance audience participation.

3. Gaming Tournaments:

Private cinemas can transform into the best gaming arena. Organise tournaments for popular esports titles or classic video game competitions. Project the action onto the big screen, amplifying the excitement for players and spectators alike. These tournaments can attract dedicated gamers and sponsors, so you can even generate revenue through streaming or ticket sales! Use the filter search on our platform and discover screening rooms where promoted events are allowed to host gaming tournaments.

4. Live Performances: Private cinemas can also be utilised as show venues for live performances, such as stand-up comedy shows, small-scale concerts, or plays. The cinematic setting adds an element of grandeur to these events while providing excellent acoustics and visibility for both performers and audience members.

5. Acting Class:

Private cinemas can also serve as ideal spaces for acting classes. The large screen and comfortable seating allow students to observe and analyse performances from various films easily. Additionally, you can organise practical exercises and rehearsals to help students develop their acting skills in a realistic and immersive environment.

6. Virtual Reality Experiences on the Big Screen:

Combine the power of virtual reality (VR) with the immersive environment of a private cinema. Prepare VR headsets and compatible content to transport your guests to new worlds. Everyone can experience thrilling adventures, explore fantastical landscapes, or interact with virtual characters in a larger-than-life setting. This unique combination of VR technology and the big screen creates a truly interactive experience for your guests.

Additional Tips:

  • Tailor your event to the audience: Consider their interests, age group, and purpose of the event when choosing the theme and activities.
  • Utilise the technology: Leverage the audio-visual capabilities of the space to create an immersive and engaging experience.
  • Partner with experts: Collaborate with event planners, technology providers, or content creators to ensure a seamless and successful event.

Tagvenue is going to help you take your film-watching experience to the next level. If you still have any doubts or questions, you can check out the FAQ section below!

FAQs about Private Cinemas in London

Can I hire a private cinema in London on a budget?

You can hire venues for private screenings in London for as little as £120 per hour. If you’re looking for a larger cinema event space, you should expect prices anywhere from £300 to £2000 per hour and beyond. Hire costs will vary depending on the time of day, size and location of the venue. (All data from Tagvenue.)

Where can I find private cinemas for hire in London?

Private cinemas and theatres are especially abundant in Central London. For more intimate screening spaces, you should start your search around Soho Square Gardens. Covent Garden and St. Giles also have some medium sized cinema rooms you could be interested in. If you’re looking for the best of the best, there are some huge cinema spaces for hire right by Leicester Square.

At which time frames can I schedule private screenings in London's cinemas?

In London you can hire a private cinema for any time of the day. While most of them will be available between 8:00 and 18:00, you can find cinemas that will allow screening for as late as 1:00.

What can I watch in a private cinema in London?

Modern cinemas in the city allow for consumption for any digital media. You can watch one of the movies from the cinema’s library, give them a CD or USB drive with a private recording of yours, or even watch YouTube videos! When it comes to analog means of video, such as roll film or VHS, not every cinema venue in London may have these available. Remember to check the venue page for more details and ask its manager about the terms of service.

Guests Reviews of Private Cinemas on Tagvenue

Sumaya I.
Booked Boutique Cinema at Exhibit
Great service for the cinema room - staff were incredibly friendly and special shout out to Harvey who went above and beyond! Great location not far from the station
Melisa E.
Booked Cinema at Close-Up Cinema
We recently had the pleasure of hosting a screening for our debut short film, Sound of Addiction at the iconic Close-Up Cinema! From the moment I stepped into Close-Up Cinema 3 years ago, I knew I wanted to one day show my films there so it was a dream-come true event for me :) The staff at the Close-Up deserves a special mention. From the very beginning until the very end it was super easy to communicate with them and they were all very helpful throughout. They were incredibly accommodating making us feel like valued guests. Their attention to detail and commitment to delivering a seamless experience did not go unnoticed. The screening room itself was also very comfortable, cozy and well equipped. The quality of the projection and sound made our film shine. Thank you so much to the whole team of Close-Up Cinema! You made our event very special!
Ishani R.
Booked Whole Venue at Whirled Cinema
- Mike was incredibly helpful and organised, and managed my disorganisation as a busy A&E doctor very well - Very responsive and good communication - Brilliant venue for a charity event - Bar staff were delightful and very proactive with sound, lights, drinks, helping set up - Great value for money for independent cinema - Great location, easy on public transport and driving - Very comfortable and well laid out
Dianna M.
Booked Whole Venue at Whirled Cinema
Fantastic venue, so unique and the set up was perfect! I had my daughters 10th birthday here, it was a movie theme party. All the kids and adults were so impressed with the venue and I had to give out the details to quite a few who wanted to use it in the future. I would definitely book again for an adult or children’s event. We were able to watch our own film, their set up with Spotify was perfect to be able to choose all our own music. The bar was staffed and she was so helpful and just a generally lovely person. I really can’t express how great it was, having an event like this with 40 guests two days after Christmas should have been stressful but once we were there everything fell into place and I couldn’t rave enough about Mike and Whirled Cinema. Fantastic venue and brilliant value for money!
Laura M.
Booked Boutique Cinema at Exhibit
My experience with The Exhibit Bar was great from start to finish. It has always been my dream to rent out a movie theatre for a bday party and watch a film with friends. Unfortunately, most cinema rooms are incredibly expensive and you have to pay for the licensing of most films in order to screen them (which isn’t the case with this venue). The team was quick to reply to all of my initial queries before booking and afterwards. I had all the information I needed in the matter of a few hours. I took around 17 friends to watch Twilight for my 20th birthday and it was so fun! When we arrived, I was informed the original cinema room I had booked wasn’t available because of problems with the projector, but they upgraded us to an even bigger cinema room free of charge. It was super atmospheric, with a Christmas tree, music, and warm lighting once we walked in. There were candles lit by each of the side-tables and cozy blankets on the couches. The food was also very yummy (I had the mac and cheese and some of my friends had the burger, spring rolls, and brownies) and the drinks came quickly when we ordered them. The tequila was especially nice. Finally, one of the lovely staff brought us a box of Christmas crackers which was very kind. I will be sure to recommend the bar to my other friends. I was initially skeptical as we’re students in central london so hadn’t been to an area so far before, but it was worth it! Thank you again for the perfect service and taking such good care of my friends and I!
Daniel J.
Booked Cinema at Close-Up Cinema
Very cool little cinema in shoreditch with helpful and responsive staff. Rented the screen to celebrate an anniversary so we could watch the film that we watched on our very first date. had a great time!
Joyce R.
Booked Ciné Lumière II at Institut français au Royaume-Uni
We had a private birthday party for an 8 year old with an extra 20 children! They all had a great time! The team managed to organise Peter Rabbit 2! Lovely people working there, very nice and patient and they helped a lot. The cinema is small, very clean and perfect for private such events. Also accessible with lift and great transport connection! It’s 2mins walk from South Kensington tube stop and loads of buses that stop around too. It also has paid parking in the street. Handy! We will definitely recommend to friends, family and school!
Alex G.
Booked Boutique Cinema at Exhibit
Great vibes, felt like there was other stuff going on around us, even though we had the cinema entirely to ourselves. Very comfortable, and possible to buy drinks at normal prices (not cinema prices) and bring them in with us. Drinking pints with 20+ friends and watching a film was great.

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