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BFI Southbank, London

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BFI Southbank is the leading repertory cinema in the UK, specialising in seasons of classic, independent and non-English language films and is operated by the British Film Institute.
The National Film Theatre was initially opened in a temporary building at the Festival of Britain in 1951 and moved to its present location in 1957, replacing the Thameside restaurant on the site. Subsequently, Southbank Centre expanded its buildings to meet the National Film Theatre from the south, while the Royal National Theatre now occupies the area to the north-east.
On 14 March 2007, the National Film Theatre was relaunched as BFI Southbank in considerably enlarged premises, taking over space that had been used by the Museum of the Moving Image. In addition to the three pre-existing auditoria, the complex now includes a studio, a médiathèque, gallery space, a shop, and a bar and restaurant run by Benugo.
It is sited below the southern end of Waterloo Bridge, forming part of the cultural complex on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. The site comprises three cinemas and studio space, as well as cafes and exhibition space. It also has a large bar area in the foyer where smaller performances are sometimes held.
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  • Visited last night after not being there for several years. Bright and airy space by box office and lovely comfy seats in the cinema. Will definitely visit more often from now on.  more »
  • We regularly visit this cinema in the less popular and thus less busy times of the day. Following the expertise of some great movie minds, we watch films in languages we do not speak, whose premise we...  more »
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  • It was amazing! They have many theatres inside, cool bar and restaurant, unique gifts to be bought, and also education space. Free to look around! You wont regret it! Ticket for cinema is started from only £3 (and you'll enjouy it so much!)
  • If you love films, join. They have seasons of talented directors, old and new, LGBTQ+ films, kids hand-on activities. They can be first with British releases, usually with a Q&A with the director and/or the stars.
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