“It is very important for me that those fragments of beauty, of paradise, are brought to the attention of friends and strangers equally.” – Jonas Mekas
Close-Up aims to make film culture and history accessible through its cinema, library and the online publication of Vertigo Magazine. Established in 2005, the company has built up its activities on the basis of reinvesting all its profits into creating an extensive film resource.
Close-Up's film programmes present a series of films that shaped the art of cinema and its history. Our repertory cinema covers the entire history of the medium, as well as presenting auteur cinema and radical new artists' films and videos. Whilst all other cinemas are converting to digital, Close-Up will continue to offer 16mm and 35mm reel-to-reel as well as digital projection.
The cinema is also available to host press screenings, corporate hire and presentations. With 40 comfortable seats, the theatre is fully accessible for two wheelchairs, and equipped with DCI compliant digital projection (DCP), reel-to-reel 35mm, 16mm, DV etc, and a 5.1 surround sound system.
The Library’s collection of over 19,000 titles specialises in early cinema, classics, world cinema, documentaries, experimental films and video art. It includes rare films exclusive to Close-Up and by independent filmmakers not represented by distributors. The book catalogue ranges from film theory, criticism and practice to history, biography and periodicals. To complement our library, Close-Up's online Archive includes the prestigious film journal Vertigo, thousands of entries related to cinema and the moving image ranging from film programmes, texts, videos, and audio documents.
Founded in 1993, Vertigo has established itself as a reference for the discussion of film culture and history. Vertigo offers a diverse range of critical views, committed to inspire and engage with audiences, academics and practitioners alike.
In the heart of our film centre is our cafe and bar where you can access our unique collection of films and books whilst enjoying some of the finest coffee and artisan bakery in Shoreditch. Going against the grain of current coffee trends, we are serving a traditional European fine blend of coffee. Fully licensed we also offer a great selection of alcohol including wines, ales and Irish coffee.