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Looking for a venue for a film premiere or film screening? Look no further than these private cinemas, all with red carpet potential.... Film Premiere - Venue Hire London | Canvas Events Film Premiere - Venue Hire London | Canvas Events

Film Premiere Venues in London

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Welcome to our list of featured film premiere venues currently available for hire across the length and breadth of London. Here at Canvas we are regularly asked for the next hip red carpet cinema or a location for the next London movie premiere and we have a generous range of event venues that tick all the boxes, no matter the style you had in mind. We have highly contemporary venues that come complete with the very latest architectural design and cutting edge technology, as well as historic spaces that are steeped in London’s rich cultural heritage. This means we have got you covered regardless of if you are in search of an empty shell ripe for transformation or a ready-to-go movie theatre. So, whether you want your film premier to have a classic feel or be totally unique, look no further than these top picks and get ready to roll out the red carpet.
  • Trafalgar Square

    The National Gallery

    Standing 1200
    Theatre 328
    Dining 310
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  • Hackney

    The Old Baths

    Standing 500
    Theatre 250
    Dining 60
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  • Southwark

    Menier Penthouse

    Standing 60
    Theatre 60
    Dining 45
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  • Bethnal Green

    Oval Space

    Standing 1000
    Theatre 400
    Dining 350
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  • Soho

    The Union Club

    Standing 300
    Theatre 80
    Dining 110
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  • London Bridge

    Omeara London

    Standing 550
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  • Westminster

    Prince Philip House

    Standing 300
    Theatre 170
    Dining 120
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  • Hackney

    The Depot

    Standing 150
    Theatre 60
    Cabaret 45
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  • Homerton


    Standing 120
    Theatre 60
    Cabaret 40
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  • Knightsbridge

    Private Dining Buddha Bar

    Standing 75
    Theatre 55
    Dining 55
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  • Clapham North

    Last Days of Disco

    Standing 250
    Dining 50
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  • Old Street

    The New Victorian Loft

    Standing 200
    Theatre 160
    Dining 132
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How to Organise an Independent Film Premiere

If you’ve just completed work on an independent film, it’s only right that you want to show it to the world. What better way to do so than at its very own red-carpet premiere event? It’s a chance for everyone involved to see the finished product, as well as all of your family and friends. It’s also a great opportunity to promote your work, and you’ll never get another quite like it.

When to Have Your Premiere

You might be eager to have the premiere as soon as possible. But it’s always better to wait a little bit longer. As events like this need to be booked in advance, you might want to wait until the movie is completely finished before organising the premiere for the following month. While you can have the date set whilst you’re still filming, this doesn’t take into account any unexpected delays during post production. If you have the premiere as a deadline, you might run out of time to give your movie the final edit that it really needs, putting pressure on you to complete it before the premiere date. It’s much better to take your time, and let your opening event happen later to save any stress.

Where to Have Your Premiere

A theatre is the obvious choice of venue for a film premiere, and many are very accommodating to independent filmmakers who want to hire out a screen for the night. They can even take care of ticket sales for you and recommend good caterers for you to use. However, there are many unique film premiere venues for hire in London. As it’s an independent film, you can have a premiere that really shows off what you’re all about.  A great way to do this is by choosing an alternative venue to host your event in. Anywhere that can project your movie will work. It can be quirky, atmospheric, or chic the style is completely down to you.

Who to Invite to Your Premiere

The short answer is, everyone! While it’s tradition to have a separate free screening for the crew, this doesn’t need to happen with independent films. Everyone has worked so hard bringing your idea to life, that they deserve the chance to celebrate with you. They won’t mind if they need to buy a ticket for it, especially if you’re a hosting a proper red-carpet event. You should invite as many people as possible. Try and fill your venue to capacity and encourage everyone to post about it on social media. You should also invite a few local celebrities and press to come along to give you evening an added boost.

Things to Remember

There is a bit more to a film premiere than just booking the venue and inviting people to attend. Like all events, you’ll need to think carefully about what your guests are going to expect out of the evening, and what it is that you want to gain from having a premiere in the first place. Once you understand this, you’ll be able to plan it in a way that ensures everyone will be pleased.

Organise a Red Carpet

To make your premiere really high-class, you should rent a red carpet for your guests to walk down. This will make it seem as if they’re in Hollywood and they’ll certainly appreciate the attention to detail. Hiring a carpet isn’t expensive, but really adds a touch of glamour to the night. Similarly, guests should be greeted with a glass of bubbly on arrival. This will get the whole night off to a great start.

Have a Dress Code

If you are going for the red-carpet look, then all of your guests need to be aware of this beforehand so that they dress to impress. If you don’t let people know that it is a formal occasion, you’ll have a very mismatched crowd, and half of your guests will feel out of place. Of course, you don’t need to go for a formal event. Your premiere should be whatever suits you best, and if that’s casual, then you should stick to it.

Introduce Your Film

One thing about premieres, independent or not, is that people will expect to hear from its creator. It’s important that you plan your speech in advance and deliver it to the audience before the film screening. It doesn’t need to be very long but should explain a little about your inspiration and add in some thanks to the important people who contributed to it.

Make Sure You Have Food

A good premiere will keep people there long after the screening is over and the best way to do this is to make sure that there is food available for everyone to enjoy after the event. Hiring in some caterers to have either a sit-down meal or a buffet will really bring the whole evening together in the best way.

Promote Your Movie

You’re not going to sell many tickets to your premiere unless you promote your movie early. Advertise the theme of the night, whether it is red-carpet or not, and what your audience can expect. Do interviews with local magazines and bloggers to get the word out and don’t forget the power that social media has when it comes to creating a buzz. Having a well edited film trailer is essential to promoting your movie well.

No matter what your film genre, having a premiere can really get your name and your work out there, and might lead to bigger and better things in the future! As a filmmaker, you want the public to have the chance to enjoy your work on the big screen, which is why organising a premiere is such an intrinsic part of the process. Plus, it’s an excellent reward for a job well done.