The Best Independent Cinemas in Bristol

The Best Independent Cinemas in Bristol

From historic venues to modern hubs, Bristol boasts a diverse array of independent cinemas, each with its own distinctive character and allure.

Independent Cinema Bristol

Bristol is a cool city known for being vibrant, eclectic, and funky. Because of this, Bristol is packed with independent businesses. For moviegoers, the independent cinemas in Bristol offer independent films, blockbusters, cult classics, and screenings in charming surroundings.

Watershed Bristol

Watershed on Bristol's historic harbourside has been a cultural cornerstone since its inception. Boasting a rich history of showcasing groundbreaking independent and arthouse films, documentaries, theatre, and cult classics and hosting engaging events, Watershed is more than just a cinema; it's a hub for creativity and community engagement.

Cube Multiplex Programme

The Cube Bristol is housed within a former Victorian coachhouse. Cube Cinema doesn't look like much from the outside, but once inside, there's an unmistakable charm, with an intimate atmosphere and vintage décor. Run entirely by volunteers, this grassroots venue prides itself on its dedication to independent cinema and alternative arts, such as live music and cabaret.

20th Century Flicks

In addition to its vast collection of DVDs and VHS, 20th Century Flicks also hosts regular film screenings and events, providing a communal space for film lovers to come together and celebrate their shared passion for cinema, whether it's a themed movie night or a Q&A session with a local filmmaker.

Scott Cinemas

Venturing further afield, The Orpheus Cinema in Henleaze offers a delightful blend of nostalgia and modernity. Established in 1912, The Orpheus is one of the oldest cinemas in Bristol, yet it continues to captivate audiences with its timeless appeal. The studio is part of the independent WTW & Scott Cinema Group, and it is the most successful venue in the group. There is a wide array of films and presentations.

The Old Picture House

The Old Picture House Bristol is a community cafe with integrated cinema and music facilities. Steeped in character, it's another independent cinema in Bristol where film lovers can step back in time and experience the magic of cinema.

Cinemas in Bristol

In addition to these established venues, Bristol is also home to chain cinemas such as Everyman Bristol, ODEON Bristol, and Showcase Cinemas in Bristol, as well as film festivals, adding further vibrancy to the city's cinematic landscape.

Independent cinemas in Bristol offer more than just a place to watch films; they provide a platform for artistic expression, community engagement, and cultural exploration. Whether you're seeking the latest arthouse masterpiece or a nostalgic journey through cinematic history, Bristol's independent cinemas invite you to rediscover the magic of cinema in all its diverse forms.

Bedrooms at Future Inn Bristol

Stay at Future Inn Bristol

Located in Bristol city centre, directly opposite Cabot Circus, our Bristol hotel boasts 149 spacious, air-conditioned, en-suite bedrooms. It offers all the facilities and services you would expect of a quality 4-star hotel at affordable prices. 

  • Comfortable accommodation, with large spacious bedrooms
  • Sleep up to four adults or a family in the Superior Double Room
  • Interconnecting bedrooms between the City Twin and City King
  • Furnished with authentic Canadian furniture, a nod to our heritage
  • Individual air conditioning or heat control
  • Private bathroom or shower facilities
  • Soft seating area or double sofa bed
  • Iron and ironing board and a hairdryer, too
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities and bottled water
  • A flat-screen TV with Freeview
  • Vegan-friendly toiletries in your bathroom
  • Parking at Cabot Circus for £9 per night
  • Plus, free WiFi

Make a Reservation

With our super flexible rates, you can book with confidence when staying at Future Inn Bristol. Book direct for the best rates guaranteed, with rooms from £67 per room per night. Plus, kids stay free!

Book your stay online or with our Reservations Team on 0117 304 1010 or check availability by emailing

Future Inn Rewards

For additional benefits, you can join the Future Inns hotel loyalty program. Alongside a member's discount rate, for every £1 you spend on accommodation, you earn 1 reward point. You also get a complimentary drink voucher to redeem in the bar when you dine. Plus, you get double points when you eat in the restaurant. Points collected can then be used to upgrade your bedroom to a suite or a free night's stay. It's also completely free to join

Dishes on the menu in Chophouse Restaurant

Restaurant in Bristol

Chophouse Restaurant is ideal for fuelling up before or after a day of exploring Bristol's independent cinemas. The team serves breakfast, lunch, or an evening a-la-carte menu. All produce is local, and the food is homemade on-site. Our set menu offers 3 courses for £26 daily from 5pm. If you are staying in the hotel, room service is available 24/7. Plus, kids eat free!

A large selection of drinks is also available, including popular local brands. Our local selection includes Buttcombe, Bristol Harvey Cream, and Bristol Rum. There is also an extensive gin and mixer menu and 2 for £16 cocktails

Reservations can be made on 0117 304 1010 or by emailing Alternatively, you can book online: 

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