A guide to the Genesis Cinema


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London has a lot of options for watching films, as the city is blessed with a string of top-quality movie houses.

But Genesis Cinema offers something a little different, as the arthouse venue typically shows a mixture of blockbusters and independent cinema. Located on Mile End Road, its proximity to the City means it is also an excellent venue for people looking to be near to all of the local amenities.

Genesis Cinema

Owned and operated by Tyrone Walker-Hebborn, this cultural hub also hosts poetry readings and has a cocktail bar, meaning it can offer much more than the typical cinema experience. “We show what we consider to be the best product possible, whether it be commercial mainstream, indie or world cinema,” Mr Walker-Hebborn stated.

One unique aspect is Studio 5 – a cinema filled with sofas that can accommodate up to 40 people. There is also a bar and kitchen, which means patrons can have a drink or grab a bite to eat before or after their movie. The pie and mash is a favourite with regular cinemagoers.

Bar Paragon can also be used by people who are not actually going to see a film, with Genesis Poetry Slam, S4 Film Club and The Good, the Bad, the Unseen among its regular events.

With a thriving artistic community at its doorstep, Genesis tries to attract a diverse cross-section of society and encourages everyone and anyone to come along. The address is 93-95 Mile End Rd, London E1 4UJ.

Nearby tube stations

  • Stepney Green (0.2 miles) – Head west on Mile End Road towards Beaumont Grove. Take a slight right to stay on Mile End Road and the destination will be on the right. This walk will take five minutes.
  • Whitechapel (0.5 miles) – Head south on Court Street towards Whitechapel Road. Next, turn left on Whitechapel Road and the destination will be on the left. This walk will take ten minutes.
  • Bethnal Green (0.6 miles) – Head south on Cambridge Heath Road towards Birkbeck Street and then turn left on Cephas Street. Next, turn right on to Cleveland Way and then turn left on Mile End Road, and the destination will be on the right. This walk will take 11 minutes.

Nearby parking

  • Truman Brewery Parking (Grey Eagle Street, Poplar, London E16)
  • Ely Zeloof (15 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR)
  • NCP Whitechapel High Street (Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PJ)
  • Hearn Street Car Park (7-11 Hearn Street, London EC2A 3LS)
  • Easy Car Parks (62 Paul Street, London EC2A 4LP)
  • National Car Parks (35 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3ER)

Nearby attractions

  • Half Moon Young People’s Theatre (43 White Horse Road, Whitechapel, London E1)
  • Bishopsgate Institute (230 Bishopsgate, Whitechapel, London EC2M)
  • Brady Arts Centre (192-196 Hanbury Street, Whitechapel, London E1)
  • The Rag Factory (Heneage Street, Whitechapel, London E1)
  • The George Tavern (373 Commercial Road, Stepney, Whitechapel, London E1)
  • StolenSpace Gallery (Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Whitechapel, London E1)
  • Bevis Marks Synagogue (Bevis Marks, Whitechapel, London EC3A)
  • Dennis Severs’ House (18 Folgate Street, Whitechapel, London E1)
  • Old Spitalfields Market (105a Commercial Street, Whitechapel, London E1)
  • Electric Blue Gallery (64 Middlesex Street, Whitechapel, London E1)