Abcat Cine Club
from 5 reviews
|ADDRESS:||72 Caledonian Road|
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|VENUE TYPE:||Adult Venues|
|NEAREST STATION:||King's Cross St. Pancras|
visited for the first time recently!
am new to this kind of cinema but was pleasantly surprised!
was met at the door by a lovely guy who made sure I knew what kind of films my boyfriend was taking me to watch.
it was very cold in the cinema but myself, my boyfriend and the other 8 or so patrons didn't seem to mind much!
had a great time enjoying watching the films with like minded ppl just having a fun time!
would I visit again?
definitely! but please put a bit of heating on!
would I recommend this place to my friends?
Abcat may be run down, but it has certain old school feel to it, which I like. Staff are pleasant and don't bother you, so you can enjoy the porn compilations in peace. Sometimes a little cold in winter, but nonetheless it is one of the remaining porn cinemas in London and we should be supporting it.
Like the previous reviewer I love porn and porn cinema.
Ive been to the Abcat a couple of times and ive enjoyed it each time.
Yes it does look tired and tatty but i wasnt there for the decor.
The films are pretty standard fare for this type of place and as we all have different tastes you could get films as good to suit your own tastes on the internet (if you like watching them alone) but part of the enjoyment for me is watching them with others who enjoy them as much as you.
The place could hold about 70 people but when i have been there only 12 to 15 others have been in but this didnt affect my enjoyment.
Yes improvements could be made but if you are into this kind of entertainment this is as good a place as any to enjoy it.
I'd love to do a good review for Abcat, but I can't. I know the place too well.
I love porno, and I luv porn cinemas, and London ain't got enough of them, and so it's a pity that Abcat Cine Club, which is a well-established institution, should miss so many opportunities to be good.
We all like a bit of spit and sawdust - BUT Abcat is just grubby and rundown, in need of a good scrub from top to bottom. The management is easygoing and pleasant enough to the punters, but they don't bother to keep the place looking smart.
The films are mediocre - hardcore, yes, but hey - we can get better than that on the PC in the office! Abcat offers a mixed bag of such variable quality as to be mostly frustrating rather than the turnon we want from a porno cinema.
You pay your money each day you visit (about 8 or 9 quid, I think) and the programme changes twice weekly, showing sections from full-length porn films. Stay as long as you want, but the trouble is that whoever puts the stuff together obviously doesn't review the content, and doesn't give a toss about the results. Worse, the audience doesn't bother to complain.
The place could be a real pull, especially at lunchtimes; it should be great - for everyone: couples and/or str8 blokes (there's a gay cinema round the corner) or ladies in need of fun and maybe some bicurious experiments - but it rarely seems to be busy these days.
A great pity, and such a waste - it's in a prime place for adult entertainment (King's Cross) especially now that the area is being 'regenerated'. All those office/site/railway workers need some fun at breaktimes.
Maybe somebody with some imagination ...
Location: South London
This comment has an official response:
Whilst I think you have many valid criticisms and I'm sorry your visit to us was not as pleasurable as we would have wished I think nevertheless you were being slightly unfair as to the content of the programmes. The club is licensed by the local council so obviously we are limited as to what we can show as well as the product that we can obtain commercially. Nevertheless we show adult hardcore R18 films such as you might find in the DVD section of licensed sex shops including at least one of the latest films every week. Since going digital about 4 years ago we have extended the length of the show from 2 to 3 hours. In that time I attempt to incorporate as many different porn genres as possible including fetish, lesbian, black, interracial, mature and teen. As one man's porn thrill may be another's flaccid flop there may well be parts of the programme that are less arousing than others but the aim is at least to have something that may appeal.
We do get feedback from our customers and indeed welcome their suggestions and try to modify the programmes accordingly. You should remember that we are a small, independently-run business, one of the few left in the area, consisting of mainly part-time staff and helpers including myself, which is run on a very tight budget which accounts for the lack of fixtures and fittings. I would love to present programmes including live exotic dancers, free cocktails for the patrons and Hawaiian-themed evenings and have suggested as much to the proprietors but unfortunately a shortage of development capital restrains them from doing so.
Instead we present a competitively-priced programme of adult entertainment as well as a meeting-place for like-minded adults. We have been in business on this site with a loyal following since 1969 progressing through cine film, video and into the digital age so we have tried to keep pace with the changing times although the ambience is distinctly that of the 1950s. We would welcome new patrons to judge for themselves and not take either my or James' word for it. Whilst you are here you might like to check out "Oscars", the Abcat's companion club under the same management, around the corner in Northdown Street, devoted exclusively to showing feature-length unedited gay male adult films which was opened only a few years ago and so has a much more up-to-date appearance but whatever your tastes or criticisms you will always found a warm and pleasant welcome awaiting you from us.
From: Allan D
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