cinemas in Cambridge

It is great to have the cinemas open again after the various lockdowns. Sitting back and enjoying a film (with snacks of course!) is such a relaxing leisure activity. Cambridge has three cinemas to choose from, all of which are close to the city centre and easy to get to. There are also a few other options too. Here is our list of cinemas in Cambridge.

Vue cinema:Vue

The Vue cinema in the Grafton centre is well located in the city centre and close to shopping and food facilities. The screens have wonderful reclining leather seats in which to lay back and enjoy the film. They really are luxurious but make sure you stay awake for the movie! While in the area, enjoy the new and improved food offering in the Grafton Centre food court- be sure to visit Amelie for one of their delicious flammakueche.

Arts Picturehouse:

cinemas in Cambridge
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The Arts Picturehouse is a smaller screen, showing a combination of new releases and classic films. The Arts has special feature screenings,  for example the dog friendly showings, autism friendly films, OAP sessions and more. It boasts a great café within the building too. There is something quite lovely about taking a nice glass of wine in to the screen with you! Located close to the bus station and city centre shops, this is a super location for using public transport. There are loads of great places to grab a bite pre or post film- see our guide to the best Cambridge restaurants here and take your pick.

Light Cinema:

cinemas in Cambridge
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The Light Cinema is the third of the cinemas in Cambridge, showing the latest blockbusters. If you have children, a trip to Cambridge Leisure will make their day. Close to the station, hop off the train and into the complex for a number of fun activities. Alternatively there is an ample multi-storey carpark. What can you do here? Well, you will find the Light Cinema to catch a movie, 28 lanes of ten-pin bowling, karaoke, a gym and The Junction which is where you can catch a gig or event. The Sing Dizzy karaoke is such fun! The restaurant offering at Cambridge Leisure includes Wagamama, Five Guys, Nandos and more.

The Star and Mouse Picture Show:

outdoor cinema
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For an outdoor cinema experience, check out the Star and Mouse Picture Show website. Think twinkly lights, pre film entertainment, food and plenty of fun! Hire them for a private showings or dip into their organised events.


For more newly released blockbusters, head out of the city to Cineworld. You will find Cineworld cinemas in the nearby towns of Huntingdon, Ely and St Neots. All of these places have food offerings in their leisure parks so are a great choice for making a night out of it.


We hope that you enjoy one or more of these great cinemas in Cambridge. Other great places for a night out in Cambridge here.