Housed in a building which has provided entertainment to the people of East London since 1848 is Genesis, one of the capital’s most exciting independent cinemas. Opened in 1999, Genesis celebrates and promotes local artists and filmmakers.
Genesis hosts a wide range of events. They screen mainstream, independent and short films, showcase local artists in the Gallery space, and host poets, comedians and scriptwriters.
Comprising of five screens, a bar, restaurant and café, Genesis is a local community hub and prides itself on providing a welcoming environment for the diverse community of East London.
Owner Tyrone Walker-Hebborn has a particular love for the neighbourhood. He says, “For me, the East End has always been an area of cultural change… It’s always been a place where different cultures have landed. I think that is what makes this such a special place in London. It’s proper London.”
If you’re looking for a bit of luxury, head to Screen 4 or 5, where guests can relax on sofas with footstools and blankets, and even make use of the in-cinema bar.
Head upstairs to the Kitchen, where you can enjoy a genuine Pieminister pie with creamy mash and red wine gravy. Staying late? Make your way to Bar Paragon, home of an extensive cocktail menu, weekly live music and the Genesis monthly Poetry Slam.
In the foyer, you’ll find Grindhouse Café, serving coffee from London’s leading micro-roastery Nude Espresso alongside freshly baked pastries.
93-95 Mile End Road
Find out more on the Genesis Cinema website.