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21 Stylish Cinemas You Must Visit Before You Die

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1. Prince Charles Cinema, London

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Low ticket prices, Sing-Along-A-Shows, friendly staff, and a fantastic marquee all make the PCC the best little indie cinema in London.

2. Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds

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Opened in 1914, the Hyde Park Picture House bills itself as the cosiest in Leeds. It still retains some of its original features, like a gorgeous decorated Edwardian balcony.

3. Duke of York's, Brighton

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A Grade II listed building, and home to the Brighton Film Festival, the Duke of York's also claims to be the oldest cinema in "continuous use" in Britain.

4. The Rex, Berkhamstead

With "a good wine list with snacks on clean plates", and the option to sit at a table, this art deco beauty is all any cinema lover could ask for.

5. The Regal Cinema, Melton Mowbray

Recently refurbished, this cinema offers sofas for two as well as regular seats, so get snuggly. Be aware that they only take cash.

6. The Cameo, Edinburgh

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A B-listed building, and a cinema since 1914, the Cameo is one of the oldest cinemas in Scotland still in use.

7. Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

Not only does it have a great selection, the Tyneside Cinema is also hands-on, with a pop-up film school, a "creative space for playful adventures in filmmaking".

8. Curzon, London

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The arthouse cinema of choice for Londoners, with nine venues. A personal favourite is the Renoir in Bloomsbury, with its underground screen and bar.

9. The Electric, Birmingham

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Claiming to be the UK's oldest working cinema, the Electric is pretty special. Waiters and table service! Sofas! Their own magazine!

10. The Ritz, Thirsk

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A local cinema, run by volunteers which, adorably, still sells ice-creams during showings.

11. Empire Cinema, Sandwich

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Built in 1937, it's hard to imagine a more charming place to while away some time with a film.

12. The Ritzy, London

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A Brixton institution with frequent Q&A sessions, and a nice line in Vintage Sunday Screenings. They're also good value on Twitter.

13. Zeffirellis and Fellinis, Ambleside

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A combination cinema-Italian restaurant may sound odd, but when you think about it, what could be better than pizza and a movie?

14. No. 6 Cinema, Portsmouth

Located in the Historic Boatyard, this cinema's layout is out of the ordinary, with industrial touches. Their screenings are slightly infrequent (think one a day), but their recommendations are impeccable.

15. Broadway Cinema, Nottingham

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An indie, with a great film selection and an even greater aptitude for puns (see above left).

16. Chapter, Cardiff

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A multi-platform venue, with a great range of films, and an especially good cafe.

17. Screen On The Green, London

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An Islington landmark, which also hosts live events, and once was the venue of the Clash's third ever gig.

18. City Screen, York

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A solid arthouse cinema, which also shows more mainstream stuff. Bonus points for the beautiful riverside setting.

19. Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth

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Part of Aberystwyth University, this arts centre is a good at screening pieces from the National Theatre as it is showing more mainstream films like The Fault In Our Stars.

20. Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen

An indie cinema with a great sense of humour (see the Weyland-Yutani offer above, and Dance-Along screenings of Grease).

21. Grimm Up North, Manchester

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Not strictly a *cinema*, but worth including, is Grimm Up North, a monthly event which shows horror and cult films, like Suspira with live score (above).

If you're interested, the Independent Cinema Office has a list of all the independent exhibitors in the UK here (although some entries need to be updated).

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