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Close-Up Film Centre

Open today: 12:00 PM - 11:30 PM
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Quirky and chilled

A friend took me to Close-Up today and I loved it. Their movies selection is impressive and the... read more

Reviewed August 28, 2018
London, United Kingdom
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A Gem

Bookstore meets cafe, meets small movie theater, meets chess games, with the option of an array of... read more

Reviewed September 26, 2017
Los Angeles, California
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Aug 28, 2018
“Quirky and chilled”
Jul 5, 2019
“A Dump”
Close-Up makes film culture and history accessible through its cinema programmes and mediatheque. Established in 2005, Close-Up is the most comprehensive independent film resource in London. Close-Up's film programmes present a series of films that...more
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Hours Today: 12:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
97 Sclater Street, London E1 6HR, England
+44 20 3784 7970
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Reviewed July 5, 2019

This place is a dump where contemptful and surly staff cannot drag themselves away from their smartphones long enough to make you a drink or clear a table so you have somewhere to sit. I suspect this business survives on location alone, because everything else...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

A friend took me to Close-Up today and I loved it. Their movies selection is impressive and the private screening room looks beautiful. I had a nice flat latte, brought promptly to our table. We got there mid afternoon and they had run out of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank paolaenergya
Reviewed September 26, 2017

Bookstore meets cafe, meets small movie theater, meets chess games, with the option of an array of film rentals. Initially, the plan was to watch an old Japanese movie and then head home, but couldn't do without a chess game over a bottle of beer.

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank AniGarib
Reviewed July 8, 2017

A good place to sit in a quiet venue and get some work done. A really good selection of independent style films to watch plus a decent enough selection of refreshments to enjoy. You have Wi-Fi here plus a basement to really work in privacy...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank HenryMA-A
Reviewed February 23, 2017

On a recent trip from Manchester I stumbled in here and couldn't believe it. Nowhere else in the UK is showing the kind of films - real cinema! - that Close-Up does. Nowhere in Manchester or anywhere else I'm aware of? Certainly not the bloody...More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank dennisw2738
Reviewed January 18, 2017 via mobile

Close-up is a quiet and quaint venue just off Brick Lane. It's great for casual catch ups with friends and it's a perfect getaway from big city life. Just pick a movie off the shelf and screen it in your own time, or see what's...More

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank ludovinet
Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful place. Visited this evening to see an old 1960's black and white film . Very friendly quirky place . I loved it. Definitely worth a visit

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank sharondQ957VG
Reviewed November 19, 2016

Lovely option ror unusual films. Its great to see small specialist cinemas around London giving alternative options to the main multiplexes

Date of experience: November 2016
2  Thank mwc340
Reviewed November 4, 2016

Working down Shoreditch I stumbled upon this coffehouse with some friends, The atmosphere is unique, with movies on dvd in the back, and also a small cinema. Apparently you can borrow the movies if you are a member, and they should have film show in...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank Simon D
Reviewed April 20, 2016

This is a haven for film aficionados. Located near trendy Shoreditch Street, you can have a fine European coffee, or a beer at the bar whilst discussing films from around the world of early and independent cinema, peruse the extensive film library of 19,000 items....More

Date of experience: April 2016
4  Thank Ross G
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