The ArtHouse is a converted Salvation Army Hall which has been transformed into a dynamic, cultural venue that “aims to tear down the perceived fourth wall between genres of Art that currently exist in isolation”.
The Arthouse attracts a mixed audience where class, race, gender, sexuality and religion can be celebrated and discussed in an open minded, creative atmosphere. They aim to develop new and classic works that reflect the multi-cultural and multi-faceted nature of city life and are committed to collaborating with actors, writers, directors, filmmakers and investors from the vast array of diversity that reflect our lives and our communities.
By mixing the world of film, fine art, live music, discussion groups, theatre, live streaming, workshops, dance, comedy and whatever else that inspires, The Arthouse strives to create a unique hub in North London for both Artists to feel at home in and lovers of art to be thoroughly entertained in.
More mainstream is the four screen, new kid on the block The Picturehouse. Picturehouse Entertainment is the distribution arm of Picturehouse Cinemas, the owner and operator of 22 Picturehouse Cinemas and a programming agent for a further 42 venues across the uk.
Since its launch in 2010, Picturehouse Entertainment has distributed what it describes as an eclectic range of theatrical releases. It also distributes high-profile alternative content to cinemas throughout the UK and internationally, such as hit productions from the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Bolshoi Ballet and the National Theatre.
So, cinema in Crouch End is all about the big money boys v the ambitious, quirky entrepreneurs. Let’s hope these two great cinemas are able to work together, rather than in competition, and that there continues to be a place for both of them in N8.