Close-Up makes film culture and history accessible through its cinema programmes and Library. Established in 2005, Close-Up is the most comprehensive independent film resource in London.


Close-Up's film programmes present a series of films that shaped the art of cinema and its history including regular special events with filmmakers present to discuss their work. Close-Up is committed to supporting and developing the exhibition of independent and experimental cinema, focusing on the cross over between the arts and film culture.

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 20,000 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.

Vertigo Magazine

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.

Café & Bar

In the heart of our film centre is our café 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 spirits.