The Phoenix Cinema is an independent cinema in East Finchley, London
, which was built in 1910 and opened in 1912 as the 'East Finchley Picturedrome'. It is the 2nd oldest continuously-running cinema in the UK (the Duke of York
's Picture House, Brighton
is the oldest), and shows mainly arthouse films.
It is distinctive on East Finchley's high road by its large neon sign on the side of the building. Its patrons are Maureen Lipman, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Michael Palin, Bill Paterson, Victoria Wood and Mark Kermode. It is run by a trust for the community.This introduced a new cafe-bar with a balcony, reworked the external signage and foyer, and restored the auditorium's barrel vaulted ceiling, and Art Deco panels.