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Address: 52 High Road | East Finchley, London N2 9PJ, England
Phone Number:
+44 20 8444 6789
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11:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun 13:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Phoenix Cinema is one of the UK’s oldest purpose-built cinemas. Beneath the...

Phoenix Cinema is one of the UK’s oldest purpose-built cinemas. Beneath the vaulted ceiling which dates back to 1910, the history of film has been shared with millions of audience members. From silent films with live music through two World Wars screening newsreels to digital projection today; the Phoenix has witnessed it all. Nowadays the Phoenix shows an interesting selection of European and arthouse films, and has a lively cafe offering drinks and homemade food.

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A little piece of history

A fabulous place, go and enjoy, a good selection of different movies and a lovely atmosphere, they don't make them like this anymore, long may it continue

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
samjobhit
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Cheshunt, United Kingdom
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Cheshunt, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fabulous place, go and enjoy, a good selection of different movies and a lovely atmosphere, they don't make them like this anymore, long may it continue

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Jerusalem, Israel
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275 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

The Phoenix cinema in East Finchley is a real pearl that opened in 1912 and is still functioning. Refurbished but still keeping the old time movie house atmosphere. I was there with my grandkids on a Saturday matinee with matinee prices, 3 pounds for a ticket. A proof that smaller neighborhood cinemas are still competitive. A very nice cafe and... More 

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Thank BasicsTouring
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59 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

It's the complete opposite to those awful, plastic, popcorn-stinking cinemas that are all around us. It's olde worlde and shows the best kind of films. However, although only half full and we're in mid-November, it wasn't half baking hot inside! Also, although I thought I could see loudspeakers along the side, the sound only came from the front, which was... More 

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Thank Robin S
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

My only objection has to do with the cafe. The coffee quality isn't that great, the taste is very burnt and overall not very nice. The children opted for cakes, whilst the carrot cake was pleasant, the red cupcake with a gummy bear on top was it really nice. I found the menu quite boring and not great choice in... More 

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Thank Lanines
North London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Great bar and cafe with homemade snacks and cakes. Staff are delightful. Usually show top films and arthouse films in comfortable surroundings. The is architecturally notable and the cinema interior has gilded moulding from the originally art deco pieces from the now demolished Gaumont North Finchley. An even t to go here and membership actually offers good savings if you... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

If I was asked to describe a perfect cinema it would be a place that had films you didn't know that you wanted to see but could trust that they would be quality productions - and be glad you had seen them afterwards; staff that were friendly and helpful; a cosy cafe and seats that were comfortable and well positioned... More 

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Phoenix M, Manager at Phoenix Cinema, responded to this review

Thanks Vytta, we're delighted that you have had such a great experience here and look forward to welcoming you back again in the future. More 

Shrewsbury,
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Very friendly staff and a lovely little cafe. Saw Love and Friendship one afternoon, with not a lot of other customers!

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Phoenix M, General Manager at Phoenix Cinema, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review - we're glad you had a lovely afternoon! More 

Greater London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

Nice cinema with art deco features, but once in the bar, I bought 2 small glasses of wine on Saturday 14th May at 8;00pm for what I was told would cost me the sum of £9.00. The credit card reader screen showed £9.80 and when I queried this, I was told that the machine was not working properly, but I... More 

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Thank soulla K
Phoenix M, Manager at Phoenix Cinema, responded to this review

Dear Soulla, thanks for your review. We're really glad you like the cinema, but concerned to hear of the issue you had at the bar. We've found your transaction and it lists two glasses of wine at the correct price. There is no combination of wines which would add up to £9.00 so it's not clear where the issue has... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

I went to watch High Rise & Anomalisa here, its the oldest cinema in London if I remember rightly and they have an all cast of Patrons who support it Benedict Cumberbatch, Alan Rickman (May he rest in peace) and Reece (Reeson) Shearsmith!! You can collect your tickets using the machine on your right as you walk in or go... More 

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1 Thank Fay G
Phoenix M, Manager at Phoenix Cinema, responded to this review

Hi Fay, thanks for your review and we're glad you enjoy your visits! More 

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73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

Cinema as they all should be. Not a chain and you can see it is full of character. They even have a notice at the bar to say that their crisps are not suitable for taking in the screen as they are too noisy. At last someone that gets it!!!

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2 Thank Prodromos S
Phoenix M, Manager at Phoenix Cinema, responded to this review

Thanks for the review - and the crisp noise appreciation! More 

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