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BFI Southbank

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Address: Belvedere Road South Bank | Waterloo, London SE1 8XT, England (Formerly National Film Theatre)
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+44 20 7928 3232

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The Home Of Film!

Bfi Southbank is an amazing place to watch movies - it contains three main screens and also the Studio Screen. They vary in size and as a result the programming of films is often... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Bfi Southbank is an amazing place to watch movies - it contains three main screens and also the Studio Screen. They vary in size and as a result the programming of films is often allocated due to the releases they are showing. All screens are comfortable with more leg room than most cinemas and on entering the screen an usher... More 

Thank mltmedia
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on Good Friday, the staff were very friendly including the surprise Mini Eggs when we left. The Screen is massive and the layout very nice. As a special place to see a special film you could do no better.

Thank LS B
Gainsborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We attended a wonderful Radio Times & BFI event here. The IMAX theatre was very comfortable & the facilities were very good. The coffee shop was very pleasant. The staff throughout the venue were extremely helpful & friendly

Thank angelenewright
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

as a venue for a day out its perfect.it is situated on the south bank so you have to cross waterloo bridge if you are coming from trafalgar square or if you are already south of the river-the Bfi is in belvedere road close to waterloo station.i came for an afternoon movie but got there early as The cafe serves... More 

Thank D1027LEanthonyw
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoy coming here with friends a great location and a wonderful atmosphere good choice of films always something going on to cater for all Can relax in the bar or cafe before seeing s film Looking forward to going back soon

Thank Paul M
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Me and my partner always go to the BFI's annual film festivals. There is the London film festival sometime in September-October and the LGBT film festival in February-march time. These are both amazing with so many different amazing films to watch that you don't get to watch anywhere else. I highly recommend it :)

Thank Alexandra H
Essex, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

I highly recommend coming to this cinema here if you are looking to see something in IMAX or one of the big budget features. The experience is second to none and has perhaps one of the best theatre screens in Europe. I'd book in advance though, as seats fill quickly!

Thank Sean W
Camberley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

Wonderful facility in the heart of London offering great films, some current and many older ones. Really comfortable cinemas and good write up on each film available. Advisable to book in advance. Good and drink options available on site. For anyone using it regularly worth considering membership

Thank Berdy2014
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Reviewed 11 February 2017

I like films, and I especially like independent and arthouse films. If you are of a similar vein than BFI Southbank is certainly a place for you. There is both an upmarket restaurant and a more casual cafe within, which from what I can tell firsthand and reading other reviews here are unsurprisingly overpriced. The complex does also house a... More 

Thank Jeff L
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

They do a good job here with the enormous heritage of films that they show, reconstruct damaged old films and give talks with three screens each evening: a mix of the topical and the historical. I went to a talk on Scorcesi that was entertaining and insightful. I had dinner in their restaurant which was the sort of overpriced that... More 

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Big time attractions such as the London Eye and a thriving theatre scene (compliments of the National Theatre and the Young Vic) are but a few of the reasons that Southbank is such a collectively cherished part of town. With plenty of family friendly activities and venues lined up along a pedestrianized river bank between Westminster Bridge and Waterloo Bridge, visitors can always expect a casual and festive atmosphere. On top of all the fun stuff to do at Southbank is the opportunity to simply sit back and admire photo-op views of iconic landmarks like Parliament and St Paul's Cathedral, just on across the Thames.
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