Great programming, shame about the facilities. Went to see Roman Holiday in NFT 3 on 31 July. Small screen with very limited legroom (at 6ft my knees were jammed against the seat in front). There's no air conditiong and the temperature inside was seriously hot to the point of being uncomfortable. That and the limited leg room distracted me from what is a marvellous film.
I resent the amount of space given over to food and beverage sales. Most of the foyer overlooking the Thames is given over to an upscale bar and restaurant, most of the tables were empty but we werne't allowed to sit outside with our pre film drinks becasue we weren't eating. Not cheap at almost 15.00 for a beer, a vodka with mixer and two bags of crisps.
The BFI Southbank or NFT or whatever it brands itself these days feels like a gastropub which sells food, not the national film institute it ought to be. Most people seem to be there to eat and drink. The book shop which also sells DVDs and film related items is hidden away at the rear of the building. Surely it should be prominent, on the river, telling the world this is a FILM venue?
The last time I went to NFT 1 maybe a year ago I thought it looked well past it's sell by date and all through the film there was a horrible smell of roasting meat wafting up from the Benugo restaurant.
On a positive note there is zero tolerance here of idiots using mobile phones during the screenings and if you want to spend the film shovelling popcorn into your mouth you'll need to go elsewhere.
At 11.00 it's not especially cheap and for my money I'd sooner, if it's a classic release, buy or rent the DVD. If it's a current film you want to see maybe the Curzon or Everyman cinemas offer better comfort and a more amenable ambience.