Hackney Picturehouse Celebrates Its Fifth Birthday

img_2973We’re celebrating Hackney Picturehouse’s fifth birthday this weekend. Come and join us on Saturday 29 October as we add a bit of birthday sparkle to our usual cinema proceedings.

Throughout the day our ticket prices are reduced to £5 (it’s our new favourite number), and we’ll have birthday cake to give away.* Plus there’s a £5 birthday hot dog, a £5 birthday cocktail, and we’re giving away five Memberships over the course of the day.

“It’s a great honour to have been a part of the Hackney community for the last five years. Saturday is our way of giving something back to the loyal customers that have helped make our time here a success.” – Rob Belfield, Hackney Picturehouse General Manager

Films screening on 29 October include; Doctor Strange (12A), Train To Busan (15), Ethel & Ernest (PG),  I, Daniel Blake (15), Trolls (U) and Boyz N The Hood (15). Full listings here.


Kids’ Club Birthday Party

Join us from 10.00am to enjoy face painting and party games before heading into your choice of three incredible family-friendly titles:

hotel-transylvania-2-1280jpg-9b2aeb_1280wHotel Transylvania

Hotel Transylvania was Hackney Picturehouse’s very first Kids’ Club film.

Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world’s most famous monsters – Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves and more – to celebrate his daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but his world could come crashing down when a human stumbles on the hotel for the first time and takes a shine to Mavis.

Hotel Transylvania was Hackney Picturehouse’s very first Kids’ Club film.


Something for older children, Ghostbusters also featured in Hackney Picturehouse’s opening weekend five years ago.

When nightmarish apparitions run amok in the Big Apple, the Ghostbusters (Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd) charge up their proton packs and send them back where they came from. Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis co-star in this much-loved comedy romp.


Arriving in London from his native Peru with a ‘Please Look After This Bear’ label around his neck, our bewildered ursine friend is taken in by kindly Mr and Mrs Brown (Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins). Voiced by Ben Whishaw, and named after the railway station he arrived at, Paddington embarks on a series of bemused adventures as he searches for one of his Aunt Lucy’s (Imelda Staunton) friends and finds himself dodging a malicious taxidermist with an unnatural aversion to bears (Nicole Kidman). This charming amalgam of CGI, animatronics and live action will delight fans old and new of the perennially popular children’s books by Michael Bond.

Full listings for Saturday.


*Only with the purchase of a £5 ticket, while stocks last.


About Hackney Picturehouse

Located opposite Hackney’s iconic town hall, Hackney Picturehouse has become a key East London hangout since opening in October 2011. With five screens, the Picturehouse caters for cinemagoers with an appetite for stimulating film, screening a diverse mix of quality blockbusters, world and art-house cinema, cult favourites and independent releases. It has also become a venue of choice for a variety of fantastic film festivals including London Film Festival, East London Film Festival, Fringe! and the London Short Film Festival. Two bars and a kitchen complete the building to make it the perfect venue for big cinema events and private hires.

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