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Happy birthday to Genesis Cinema!

Date posted: 30.04.2014

Operating since 1999, Genesis Cinema is a thriving and integral part of London's film scene - and they are celebrating their 15th birthday with a bang!

Taking place 5-11 May, the birthday celebrations include free films, a cocktail party and activities for kids including a bouncy castle and face painting.

What's On for the Birthday

Friday 9 May will see the cinema celebrating in style with a birthday cocktail party, all are welcome and the event is free.

On Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 May, it's fun for the whole family with face painting, a bouncy castle and children's films for only £3.50 per family member.

But the piece de resistance of the birthday bonanza is a series of bombshell films from 1999 screening for free in the venue from 5-11 May. The films highlight what a fantastic year 1999 was for cinema - not just because the Genesis Cinema in London opened, but also for the sheer number of excellent and influential films released.

On 5 May, the series opens with the surreal and fantastic Being John Malkovitch and the reason we all know "there is no spoon" - none other than The Matrix.

The series continues with popular hit Fight Club on 6 May, which remains essential viewing for savvy teenagers around the world.

Pixar purists can't miss Toy Story 2 on 7 May, arguably one of the greatest sequels in film history.

If you know Pedro Almodóvar, then you should know All About My Mother – screening 8 May.

If you've gone 15 years without seeing The Sixth Sense, then close your ears and book your ticket for the screening on 10 May.

A double whammy of American Beauty and American Pie hits the screen on 11 May. Which will you choose, or will you make it to both?


About Genesis Cinema

Genesis Cinema is a family-owned five-screen independent cinema in Whitechapel, East London. Built in 1939 on the sight of The Paragon Theatre of Varieties, Genesis Cinema has been operating since 1999.

The cinema shows a broad range of films, from Hollywood blockbusters to alternative and foreign cinema. In addition to regular Q&A screenings and one-off events, the venue host a number of film festivals, including the East End Film Festival, The British Urban Film Festival and the Adventure Film Festival.

Bar Paragon, on the second floor of the cinema, hosts live events including poetry slams, stand-up comedy, live music and film clubs.

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