Welcome to the Friends of  Clapton Cinematograph Theatre (FCCT) Website Where is the  Clapton  Cinematograph  Theatre?

The historic cinema sits at the top end of Clapton Pond, just before the Lea Bridge roundabout at 229 Lower Clapton Road, Hackney, London, E5 8EG. View a map of the area


This is a short walk away from Clapton overground Station and the following bus routes have stops located within 200 metres of the cinema: 38, 48, 55, 106, 253, 254, S2.


It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of our dear friend and colleague Colin O'Brien, who died suddenly at his home in Clapton on 19th August 2016 aged 76. Our deepest sympathies go to his widow Jan.

Colin's fondness for the former Edwardian picture palace at 229 Lower Clapton Road Hackney led him to join the committee of the Friends of Clapton Cinematograph Theatre whose campaign to restore the historic cinema for the purposes of a cultural hub for the community in memory of Clapton-born playwright and screenwriter Harold Pinter received widespread support from local people and Hackney MP Diane Abbott.

When he was asked by FCCT to apply his considerable talent as a photographer to the production of a short film about the history of the cinema and its significance for the lives of local residents for over a century, he took up the challenge with energy and enthusiasm, despite a busy schedule of photographic commissions, exhibitions and production of his most recent book London Life. His film is now at the post-production stage and will be available for screening in early 2017.

Save our cinema! Colin O’Brien R.I.P.