Catch a flick and donate to charity at the Lexi



Rating: 8/10

Address: 194b Chamberlayne Road,
Kensal Rise, London. NW10 3JU

Tube: Kensal Rise (Overground) – 3 mins;
Kensal Green (Bakerloo) – 10 mins

Hours: See website for screening times

Mon: £3-5; Tue–Thu: £5.50-10.50;
Weekends: £5.50-11

Official Website

By Gavin Barnes

Just a short walk north of the Kensal Rise Overground station on Chamberlayne Road is the Lexi Cinema - an independent, boutique, non-profit cinema.

I know what you’re thinking - that’s a lot of things for one little cinema to be.  But this fairly inconspicuous building, which sits firmly in a residential area, is just that.

The single-screened theatre does not offer an enormous selection of movies to choose from (currently they’re playing Zero Dark Thirty, Monsters, Inc. and No), which is a bit of a shame, but you can see a film with a modest crowd and a guaranteed good seat - and that counts for something these days. 

Besides, where else are you going to watch Goonies on a big screen?

Although the outside of this North London building could be confused with your grandmother’s house, the contents are far from what you’d expect. 

The renovated Edwardian theatre houses a beautiful HD screen, a private VIP box that can seat up to sixteen, and a state-of-the-art sound system.

Plus, a large portion of the seats are not fixed to the ground so different seating arrangements can be set up for you and your friends.

Cinema for a good cause

But here is the icing on the cake: The Lexi is run mostly by local volunteers and 100% of its profits are donated to The Sustainability Institute, a charity that benefits families of Lynedoch Village in Stellenbosch, South Africa. 

So not only can you catch the latest new release and/or 80’s cult classic, but you can also do a good deed and contribute to a worthy cause. Not a bad deal!

The Lexi is also available for private hire - birthday celebrations, company parties, etc. and the staff here seem pretty flexible and willing to go out of their way to accommodate their patrons.

Before or after your movie, enjoy a little bit of what Kensal Rise has to offer. Head a few streets south of the Overground station to The Chamberlayne, a cosy pub with a nice patio area, or The Shop, a trendy bar that serves up one hell of a tasty cocktail in a mason jar.

For detailed information about the Lexi Theatre, including show times and what’s on, visit their website or follow them on twitter.