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


Tuesday - Friday from 17.00.
All day Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.

Adult    £10.50 

Member    £8.50 

Retired    £8.50 

Retired Member    £6.50 

Student    £8.50 

Student Member    £6.50 

Child    £6.75 

Family*    £29.00 

Matinees & Late-nights

Tuesday – Friday before 17.00

Adult    £8.50 

Member    £6.50 

Retired    £7.50 

Retired Member    £5.50 

Student    £7.50 

Student Member    £5.50 

Child    £5.75 

Family*    £26.00 

Happy Mondays

Every Monday
(except Bank Holidays)

Adult    £7.50 

Member    £5.50 

Retired    £7.50 

Retired Member    £5.50 

Student    £7.50 

Student Member    £5.50 

Child    £5.50 

Family*    £22.00 

Please Note:

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

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.

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: 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