Our Story

Until the advent of mass air travel in the 1950s Southampton was the major UK departure point for those travelling overseas. Although a quay and wharves had previously existed in Southampton, the very first purpose-built docks were constructed in the 1840s for the coming of the railway. It is on this historic site that Harbour Lights stands.

Harbour Lights is a landmark building by architects Burrell Foley Fischer which first opened its doors in February 1995. The design clearly celebrates the heritage of Southampton docks, its famous Ocean Terminal and the heyday of glamorous travel by luxury liner. Recipient of a Civic Trust Commendation in 1997 and shortlisted for a RIBA award for architecture, the cinema itself was voted Britain's Best-Loved Independent Cinema in 2000 by the readers of Empire Magazine - the first and only time they awarded such a title.

Harbour Lights Picturehouse
Ocean Village
SO14 3TL

Opening Times

The cinema will open at least 30 minutes before the start of the first film each day.

Ticket Prices

Evening, Weekends & Bank Holidays

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

Adult    £10.70 

Member    £7.70 

Retired    £8.70 

Retired Member    £5.70 

Student    £8.70 

Student Member    £5.70 

Child    £6.95 

Family*    £29.00 

(four people, including at least two children)


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

Adult    £8.70 

Member    £5.70 

Retired    £7.70 

Retired Member    £4.70 

Student    £7.70 

Student Member    £4.70 

Child    £5.95 

Family*    £26.00 

(four people, including at least two children)

Happy Mondays

All day on Monday (excluding)

Adult    £7.70 

Member    £4.70 

Retired    £7.70 

Retired Member    £4.70 

Student    £7.70 

Student Member    £4.70 

Child    £5.70 

Family*    £22.80 

(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 may 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.

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

Clubs & Groups


Tickets are £3 for all.

Our Autism-Friendly screenings take place on the third Sunday of the month.

At these 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.

Watch with Baby

Tickets are £6.70 for adults, free for accompanying babies.

The Watch with Baby club is for parents and guardians with babies under one year old.

Watch with Baby takes place on Thursdays at 10.30.

Adults are only admitted if accompanying a baby.

Kids' Club   

Tickets are £3 for all.

The Kids' Club is every Saturday at 10.30. Doors open at 10.00.

Adults are only admitted if accompanying a child.

Toddler Time  

Tickets are £3 for children, free for accompanying adults.
Join us every other Tuesday at 11.00 for 30 minutes of episodes for preschool children and their parents and carers.

A great way to introduce your toddler to the experience of the cinema!

Adults are only admitted if accompanying a child.


Tickets are £4 for all.
Our Dementia-Friendly screenings are open to all but cater especially for people living with dementia. 

Free tea/coffee and biscuits are served before the film, and there's also a short interval.

Click here for upcoming screenings.

Discover / Rediscover   

Free for Members (£8 general admission).
New and classic films on the big screen where they belong.

Silver Screen   


Silver Screen is a free-to-join club for the over-60s. 

Enjoy discounted tickets and a free tea or filter coffee at our Silver Screen shows.

Silver Screen runs Mondays-Fridays before 14.00.

Non-members are welcome - the usual ticket prices apply. 

Click here for upcoming screenings.

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: 3, X4, 6, 11, 17, U1A, U1C, U1E, U1W, U6C.

By Train

The nearest station is Southampton Central (30-minute walk).

By Bike

Southampton is a bike-friendly city. You can plan your route here.

By Car

There is a small car park around the cinema that is free for customers. The barriers to the car park open 15 minutes before our doors open and close 15 minutes following the end of the final film. For information on additional local parking go to southampton.gov.uk.

Harbour Lights Gallery

Harbour Lights Gallery