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

Opening Times

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

Downstairs Cafe: 9.00–late (weekdays, Saturdays) & 10.00–late (Sundays)

Restaurant And Bar: 12.00–late

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

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


Every day after 17.00
(except Mondays)

Adult    £16.90 

Member    £13.90 

Retired    £14.90 

Retired Member    £11.90 

Student    £14.90 

Student Member    £11.90

Child    £7.90 

Family*    £31.60 


Every day before 17.00.
All day on Mondays.

Adult    £13.90 

Member    £10.90 

Retired    £10.90 

Retired Member    £7.90 

Student    £10.90 

Student Member    £7.90 

Child    £7.90 

Family*    £31.60 

There is a £1.50 booking fee per transaction for telephone and online bookings. This fee does not apply to Picturehouse Members, or to tickets purchased in person at the cinema.

3D films cost £1.30 extra per person, not including 3D glasses. These cost an additional 70p and can be purchased at the cinema if you do not have your own.

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

Tickets for Discover and Vintage Sundays screenings are £5 for Members (£8 general admission).

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


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

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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