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Watershed is a cross-artform venue set on Bristol’s harbourside, offering a lively programme of independent film and events, plus occasional live music and Festivals. Watershed produces work that cuts across film, music, theatre, design, and visual art, encouraging culture and diversity to flourish in Bristol. Watershed’s friendly, buzzy cafe/bar is warm and inviting, with local organic food, plus free wi-fi for customers.

Watershed is more than just an arts cinema. It is at once a cultural centre, a social networker, a café/bar, and a cultural tourist attraction.

The box office opens at 9am on Monday to Friday, and at 10am on the weekends. Note that the box office closes 15 minutes after the start of the final film and there is no fee for advance or credit card bookings.

Groups are very welcome at Watershed. Enjoy the spacious Café/Bar which can reserved for parties of 10 up to 60.

Showing this week:

Marlina, the Murderer in Four Acts (15) S
Dir: Mouly Surya,  Indonesia | France | Malaysia | Thailand, 2018, 1hr 33mins
Mouly Surya directs this spaghetti western with an Indonesian, feminist flavour - complete with machetes and rolling heads...

Let the Sunshine In (15) S
Dir: Claire Denis, France | Belgium, 2017, 1hr 34mins
Juliette Binoche is both incandescent and emotionally raw in Claire Denis’s extraordinary new film as a middle-aged Parisian woman in search of love.

A Quiet Place (15)
Dir: John Krasinski, USA, 2017, 1hr 30mins
John Krasinski writes, directs and stars in this nerve-jangling, clammy-palmed thriller about a family who must survive in a world where the slightest sound brings out deadly monsters.

Custody (15) S
Dir: Xavier Legrand, France, 2017, 1hr 33mins
Winner of the Best Director and Best First Feature prizes at the Venice Film Festival, Xavier Legrand’s explosive family drama about a recently divorced couple’s bitter custody battle over their teenage son is as gripping as it is authentic.

Western (12A) S
Dir: Valeska Grisebach, Germany | Bulgaria | Austria, 2017, 1hr 59mins
Masculine tensions and cultural difference reach boiling point in this sizzling, brilliantly observed western from director Valeska Grisebach, where migrant German construction workers are pitched against villagers in Bulgaria.

Even When I Fall (12A) S
Dir: Kate McLarnon & Sky Neal, UK, 2017, 1hr 33mins
A heart-warming and life-affirming story of the triumph of the human spirit, this intimate and beautiful documentary follows the stories of two young Nepalese women, trafficking survivors who create their country's first circus.

Isle of Dogs (PG)
Dir: Wes Anderson, USA, 2018, 1hr 41mins
Wes Anderson returns with this brilliant stop-motion story set in a dystopian Japan where all dogs have been exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island.


Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Children & Infants

  • Accept Children Over 3

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route


  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Air-conditioning throughout
  • Cater for groups
  • Conference facilities
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Event venue
  • Toilets

Specialist Features

  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From M4/M5 (N) follow the M32 to the end, then bear right and follow the signs for the city centre; then follow signs for the A4 to Anchor Road (or Avonmouth). From M5(S) exit at junction 18 and follow the A4 to the city centre. The Watershed is near At-Bristol, on Anchor Road with car parking in Canons Way, in Millennium Square underground car park.

Public Transport Directions

By Bus: any First City Line bus to the city centre or First Badgerline service to Anchor Road. Phone 0845 602 0156 for details of services and special combined discounts.By Ferry: Bristol Ferry Boat Company operate between Harbourside attractions By Train: 15 minutes walk from Bristol Temple Meads

Special Offers

  • Cinebites – 30% off main meals for customers with cinema tickets

    The offer:Tuesday nights are Cinébites nights - where you can grab an early week cinema meal deal! Every Tuesday (all day) any valid cinema ticket holder will be entitled to 30% off any of our main dishes from Watershed’s menu - which range from Watershed Classics such as Fish and Chips and Homemade Burgers, to delicious pasta, risotto or homemade pie of the day and much more. All you have to do to receive the discount is mention Cinébites to the member of staff when you order your food and drink - and make sure you have your valid cinema ticket to hand.

    How to book: For further details, terms and conditions and to book visit the Watershed website.

    Offer link: Things to do


  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

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Recent Reviews:

  • Fahad N
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Films films films
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 29th March 2018
    I love the watershed because of its selection of films which changes weekly, they choose their films based of creative merit rather than box office potential. My first encounter was when they hosted... Read full review
  • janetteglynn1
    Trip Type:
    Very slow service
    1 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 17th March 2018
    We came here to have a coffee and a shelter from the weather. Very slow service at the hot drinks counter, despite not being busy at all. Queue started forming behind me as I waited ten minutes for... Read full review
  • Travelfromessex
    Trip Type:
    Great cinema and restaurant complex
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 20th February 2018
    We stumbled across this place near the tourist office on Bristol's attractive harbour development. We liked the whole thing from the large bar/restaurant to the cinemas themselves. Definitely... Read full review
1 Canons Road

Tel: +44 (0)117 927 6444

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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