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 on Wednesdays (when there’s the mobile phone deal on) 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?