“'The Barbican's Cinema One is undoubtedly the best place to watch a film in London… two more auditoria are being built in a brand new space… a fitting, and most welcome, present to us all to mark its 30th anniversary this year'”—Clerkenwell Post
The Telegraph's culture writer Rupert Christiansen talks to Head of Cinema Robert Rider about the Barbican's new cinema
At last – a cinema that puts the films ahead of the popcorn and ice-cream
Since the advent of the multiplex, visiting the cinema has for most of us become a soulless and often rather nasty experience. Endless queues at ill-informed box offices, out-of-order ticket machines, long escalators followed by longer corridors, sound systems designed to deafen even the hardest of hearing and, above all, the relentless dispensing of shedloads of popcorn, colas and confectionery, much of which ends up splurged over the nylon carpet. It’s the modern version of the old fleapit, and not much more salubrious.
But don’t despair: grace and style are on their way back, at a price.