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: Opens daily at 12.00. Kitchen closes at 21.30, and 21.00 on Sundays.

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


All-day Saturday and Sunday,
Weekdays 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 


All-day on Mondays.
Every day before 17.00.

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 

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

Vintage Sundays   £5 Members / £8 general admission
Classic films back on the big screen where they belong. Click here for upcoming shows.

Discover   £5 Members / £8 general admission
Discover stunning cinema. Each week the Picturehouse film team champion one must-see film. Click here for upcoming shows.

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

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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