Rich Mix, like the Barbican, is one of those art centres that caters for pretty much everybody. It’s my local cinema, but at the same time is a gig venue, bar, café and art gallery – it’s a big red cultural hub.
The building has three cinema screens – two large, one intimate. They screen mainstream movies, like anticipated Oscar winners, alongside independent releases and archival films. It’s much cheaper than those horrid West End cinemas that charge you a fortune and it’s much nicer, too. The cinema screens have walls decorated with contemporary geometric patterns that create the illusion, when the lights are low, of Rococo architecture.
As a gig venue, Rich Mix has played host to a huge range of international musicians, from UK-based classical pianists to Bollywood bands. There’s always something on (and I really should start going more myself) and some events are even free. The centre also hosts a rolling schedule of performing arts, comedy, spoken word events and and exhibitions. It’s enough to render you breathless.
The cinema screenings sell out quickly at weekends and some evenings, so I tend to pop by in the day to buy tickets. There are a number of spots located near Rich Mix to continue your night – why not try the Well & Bucket for beers and sliders afterwards?