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ICA Cinema

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Address: The Mall, SW1 5AH, London, England
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11:00 - 21:00
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The Institute of Contemporary Arts offers alternative and vintage films.

The Institute of Contemporary Arts offers alternative and vintage films.

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Its tiny

Makes you feel like you are having a private viewing of a movie The screen is small but it feels intimate and I enjoyed my long movie.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 November 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016

Loved how at home I felt in this cinema, felt more like a private viewing than being in the city. I recommend it to all!

Thank MillennialTraveler
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2015 via mobile

Makes you feel like you are having a private viewing of a movie The screen is small but it feels intimate and I enjoyed my long movie.

Thank feeandjude
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015

A smaller-sized cinema, and maybe because it's less main-stream, the audience seemed better behaved than you might find in your local multiplex, so there was no risk of getting frustrated with talking / phones / rustling sweets during the film. The bar's pretty busy, so get there early if you want a civilized drink / snack beforehand.

1 Thank JoG_London
Hampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

First visit to The ICA to watch a film (Palio). The cinema we visited (Number 2) was tiny but had good sound and vision quality - although I found the proximity of the big screen to be somewhat daunting. There is no distinction between the queues for the two cinemas (seats are unallocated) so we found ourselves queuing for the... More 

Thank Diptych
Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

Last Friday evening I ventured to the ICA, rather full of trepidation, as I am not an adventurous type, I live in Berkhampstead for a reason. I was slightly put off by the title 'Rematerialising feminism an evening of performance'. I haven't thought about feminism since 1976 when bra burning was all the rage (not that any of my undergarments... More 

2 Thank sandraphillip
Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2014

I saw a Tibetan film here as part of the BFI London film festival and really enjoyed it. The film was undoubtedly quirky, my boyfriend seemed a little bored at times with it, but I love independant films and himalayan cultures so this was perfect for me. The book shop at the front was nice to browse and they had... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2013

I love the ICA , its not smart and has a rather amateur old school art project feel to it , but they show different films here and the bar is good . rather chilly though I didn't take my coat off .

1 Thank claire m
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2013

Initially surprised by the size of cinema 2, but for me, the impact of watching a powerful and moving film (How to Survive a Plague) was magnified by the venue. I see that other reviewers have commented that the air conditioning was ineffective, and also that noise from other cinema-goers was intrusive in such a small space. I am sure... More 

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Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2013

There are two cinemas, cinema one and two. I attended on Sunday 17 November 2013 Cinema 2 which is small and boxy. Immediately on entering the theatre I sensed a fetid sweaty smell. I asked the attendant if she could turn the air conditioning on and she disappeared around the corner to the cash desk but I don't think she... More 

Thank Brian-Snellgrove
Coral Gables, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

A small theatre, come early. Adjacent to a busy bar where you can hang out before or after the show.

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