Our Story

Opened in 1896 by the J. Lyons Company, the Trocadero quickly became one of the most exclusive restaurants in Europe, attracting the glitterati of Victorian and Edwardian London and the most discerning overseas visitors.

Throughout the 1920s and 1930s it remained a chic and sophisticated place to be seen. The venue fell from fashionable favour in the 1950s and then into a long decline.  In partnership with the architects Panter Hudspith, Picturehouse extensively refurbished the interior and refreshed the façade, restoring the venue and its reputation as a stylish destination.

Picturehouse Central
Corner of Great Windmill Street and Shaftesbury Avenue
Piccadilly Circus

Opening Times

Box Office: At least 30 minutes before the start of the first film

Downstairs Cafe: From 10.00 daily

The First Floor Restaurant And Bar: Opens daily at 12.00. Last food orders Monday to Saturday at 20.00, Sunday at 19.00.

The Members' Bar & Roof Terrace: 12.00–late (varies depending on film times)

There will be reduced opening hours on the following days:

Tuesday 21 June
The Members' Bar will be closed all day

Wednesday 22 June
The Members' Bar will be closed all day

The Members' Bar & Roof Terrace is exclusively for Picturehouse Central Members and their guests. Picturehouse Central Members can bring up to three guests to the Members' Bar.
No persons under the age of 18 are permitted into the Members' Bar after 17.00 which is in line with our premises license. In the restaurant, bar and Members' Bar, you will need a valid ticket to purchase and consume alcoholic drinks after 21.00. In the cafe, you can only purchase and consume alcohol if you are also buying food.
Age check: We operate a Challenge 21 scheme.

Ticket Prices

Evening, Weekends & Bank Holidays

Films starting from 17.00 onwards on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and all day on Saturday & Sunday

Adult    £17.20 

Member    £14.20 

Retired    £15.20 

Retired Member    £12.20 

Student    £15.20 

Student Member    £12.20

Child    £8.20 

Family*    £32.80 (four people, including at least two children)

Matinees & Happy Mondays

Films starting before 17.00 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and all day on Monday.

Adult    £14.20 

Member    £11.20 

Retired    £11.20 

Retired Member    £8.20 

Student    £11.20 

Student Member    £8.20 

Child    £8.20 

Family*    £32.80 (four people, including at least two children)

We add a 70p booking fee per ticket (excluding tickets for Picturehouse Members) to bookings made online or over the phone. This fee doesn't apply to tickets you buy in person at the cinema.

3D films cost £1.30 extra per person, not including 3D glasses (you can buy these at the cinema for an extra 70p, or bring your own).

*Family tickets are for four people, at least two of whom must be under 15. Not applicable to premium-priced screenings.

Picturehouse Central accepts Cineworld Unlimited cards with an uplift. West End Unlimited cardholders pay £6 per film. Regular Unlimited cardholders pay £8 per film. For more information see promotions under our terms and conditions.

Have a question about our prices? We might have the answer in our FAQs.

Clubs & Groups

Big Scream   Tickets are £10.99 for adults, free for accompanying babies
For parents or carers with babies under the age of one. Adults are only admitted if accompanying a baby.

Toddler Time   Tickets are £4 for children, free for accompanying adults
For children and their parents or carers. Adults are only admitted if accompanying a child.

Discover / Rediscover   Tickets only £5 for Members (£8 general admission)
New and classic films on the big screen where they belong.

Autism-Friendly   Tickets are £4 for all
At our Autism-Friendly screenings, we strive to create an environment that is welcoming for people with a range of conditions such as autism, learning disabilities and cognitive disorders

Dementia- Friendly   Tickets are £5 for all
Our Dementia-Friendly screenings are open to all but cater especially for people living with dementia.

Silver Screen   £8.80
Silver Screen is a free-to-join club for the over-60s. Enjoy discounted tickets and free tea and filter coffee at our Silver Screen shows. Annual membership is free. Non-members are also welcome - our standard ticket prices apply.

Screen Arts   Ticket prices vary
Bringing world-class productions of theatre, ballet, opera and live music to the big screen.


Travel Information

By Bus

The following bus routes run close to the cinema: 14, 19, N19, 38, N38, 6, 15, N15, N113, 139, N18.

By Train

The nearest train station is Charing Cross (10-minute walk, Southeastern).

By Tube

The nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus (2-minute walk, Piccadilly line and Bakerloo line).

By Bike

Please note there are limited bike parking facilities available nearby.

By Foot

Situated in London's West End, between Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, we are walking distance to some of London's wonderful sights, tourist destinations, shopping districts, and a whole lot more.

By Car

Please note there are limited car parking facilities available nearby.

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