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Close-Up Film Centre

97 Sclater Street, London E1 6HR, England
+44 20 3784 7970
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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 26 September 2017
Ani G
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Los Angeles, California
Quite cool

A good place to sit in a quiet venue and get some work done. A really good selection of... read more

Reviewed 8 July 2017
HenryMA-A
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Close-Up aims to make film culture and history accessible through its cinema, library and the online publication of Vertigo Magazine. Established in 2005, the company has built up its activities on the basis of reinvesting all its profits into creating an extensive film resource. Close-Up's film programmes present a series of films that shaped the art of cinema and its history. Our repertory cinema covers the entire history of the medium, as well as presenting auteur cinema and radical new artists' films and videos. Whilst all other cinemas are converting to digital, Close-Up will continue to offer 16mm and 35mm reel-to-reel as well as digital projection. The cinema is also available to host press screenings, corporate hire and presentations. With 40 comfortable seats, the theatre is fully accessible for two wheelchairs, and equipped with DCI compliant digital projection (DCP), reel-to-reel 35mm, 16mm, DV etc, and a 5.1 surround sound system. The Library's collection of over 19,000 titles specialises in early cinema, classics, world cinema, documentaries, experimental films and video art. It includes rare films exclusive to Close-Up and by independent filmmakers not represented by distributors. The book catalogue ranges from film theory, criticism and practice to history, biography and periodicals. To complement our library, Close-Up's online Archive includes the prestigious film journal Vertigo, thousands of entries related to cinema and the moving image ranging from film programmes, texts, videos, and audio documents. Vertigo Magazine Founded in 1993, Vertigo has established itself as a reference for the discussion of film culture and history. Vertigo offers a diverse range of critical views, committed to inspire and engage with audiences, academics and practitioners alike. In the heart of our film centre is our cafe and bar where you can access our unique collection of films and books whilst enjoying some of the finest coffee and artisan bakery in Shoreditch. Going against the grain of current coffee trends, we are serving a traditional European fine blend of coffee. Fully licensed we also offer a great selection of alcohol including wines, ales and Irish coffee.
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26 Sep 2017
“A Gem”
8 Jul 2017
“Quite cool”
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Hours Today: 12:00 - 23:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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97 Sclater Street, London E1 6HR, England
Spitalfields
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Reviewed 26 September 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.

Thank Ani G
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Reviewed 8 July 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

Thank HenryMA-A
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Reviewed 23 February 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

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Reviewed 19 January 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

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Reviewed 25 November 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

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Reviewed 19 November 2016

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

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Reviewed 4 November 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

Thank Simon D
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Reviewed 21 April 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

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