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The Brunswick, London, WC1N 1AW
Tube: Russell Square (Piccadilly Line)
Buses: 7, 59, 68, 91, 168, 188

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Monday to Friday after 5pm to close: £11.50

Saturday & Sunday after 2pm to close: £11.50

Cineaste: £9.70


Monday to Friday from open to 5pm: £7.00

Saturday & Sunday from open to 2pm: £7.00

Cineaste: £5.95

CHILDREN (under 12)

Monday to Friday open to 5pm: £5.00

5pm to close and Weekends: £7.00

Please note – there will be an additional surcharge of £2 on all tickets for 3D films.

Booking Fee

Book online by clicking on the film title, choosing a time and entering your details. There is a £1.00 fee per online booking, and £2.00 by phone.

Please note: Members do not pay a booking fee when purchasing tickets online or by phone.


Monday to Friday from open to 5pm for Concessions and Students: £5.00

Please note – there will be an additional surcharge of £2 on all tickets for 3D films. Unfortunately Concession prices are not applicable after 2pm on Bank Holidays.

A Concessionary Cineaste Membership is also available for £40/year. Visit ourmembership page for more information on how to join.


Buy nine tickets and get the tenth free. Available in person and over the phone.


We are unable to offer a refund or exchange on tickets once they have been booked or paid for – however, in exceptional circumstances a refund may be given at the cinema manager’s discretion, subject to a £5.00 administration fee.



Renoir’s screens are, regrettably, currently not accessible to wheelchair users. There is a lift down to the basement level, where the accessible toilet is also located, but there are 5 steps into each auditoria. We endeavour to help wheelchair users who are able to take the stairs assisted, or unassisted, as much as we can at the Renoir but we ask that customers who require assistance up and down the stairs kindly get in touch with us prior to their visit so we can discuss their specific needs and make their visit to the Renoir as comfortable as possible.



Hire Renoir

Two large screens and bar available

Overlooking the leafy Coram Fields, seconds' walk from Russell Square tube station and part of the Brunswick Centre (with its wealth of quality bars and restaurants), this fabulously stylish two-screen cinema was taken over by Artificial Eye film company in the mid-1980s and has run as an arthouse cinema ever since. An unusual glass reception and box office area lead down a double staircase to the bijou rounded bar and then splits as you descend into the spacious foyer in front of the screens.

Screen one and two
251 seats. 35mm film projection. 2K Digital projection. Beta SP and digibeta, Blu-ray, DVD, data, mini DV. All aspect ratios. Spotlight. Radio microphones. 3D available.

Dolby 5.1 Digital sound.


Bar Capacity 80. CD player. Free wi-fi.

Renoir Cinema Hire Costs
Please contact us directly for specific hire rates for your event by using the form on thePrivate Hire page.


Discover the tumultuous story of Renoir

This dearly loved bastion of foreign-language cinema has seen many changes over its relatively short life. Originally named the Bloomsbury Cinema, this arthouse cinema was the first and only British venture of the American-based Walter Reade Organisation who aimed to capitalise on custom from local university students. Opening in January 1972 with Michael Cacoyannis'The Trojan Women, the cinema consisted of a single screen with 490 pedastal-style seats, located in a basement in the newly-built Brunswick Square development.

Despite offering free coffee, the Bloomsbury Cinema was taken over by EMI, reopened in May 1974 as the ABC Bloomsbury and eventually renamed the EMI International Film Theatre in January 1977, with a programming policy of off-beat foreign films. After only a year, the cinema was rented to Barbara and David Stone's Cinegate which operated the Gate Cinema in Notting Hill Gate. Renamed the Gate 2, it opened in February 1978 with Derek Jarman'sJubilee. Shortly after, the auditorium was split down the middle to create two mirror-image screens seating 266 each, called Gate Bloomsbury 1 and 2 respectively.

After a short period of closure and a refurbishment by architects Burrell Foley Associates, it re-opened under the management of Artificial Eye, and on Friday 9 May 1986, it was renamed the Renoir Cinema. On the opening day, Agnes Varda'sVagabond played in Screen One, whilst Peter Smith'sNo Surrender filled the other.

Showing first runs of Artificial Eye's titles, the cinema became a solid success. Following the impressive development of the surrounding Brunswick Centre, a recent refurbishment in 2006, followed by the union with Curzon Cinemas, Renoir has been given a renewed lease of life.