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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:

In the Fade (18) S
Dir: Fatih Akin, Germany | France, 2017, 1hr 46mins
Fri 22 June for at least one week
Diane Kruger picked up the Best Actress prize in Cannes for her role in this riveting thriller, winner of the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, about a grieving woman searching for justice.

Arcadia (12A)
Dir: Paul Wright, UK, 2017, 1hr 18mins
Fri 22 June for at least one week
Scouring 100 years of footage from the BFI National Archive, BAFTA®-winner Paul Wright constructs an exhilarating study of Britain’s shifting - and contradictory - relationship to the land.

The Happy Prince (15) P S 
Dir: Rupert Everett, Germany | Belgium | UK | Italy, 2018, 1hr 45mins
Fri 22 June for at least one week
Rupert Everett - who writes, directs and stars in this magnificent drama - was born to play Oscar Wilde, and this, Everett's "11th-hour masterpiece" (The Times) focuses on Wilde's final years following his notorious trial and imprisonment for "gross indecency".

Frankenstein 200: Young Frankenstein (12A)
Dir: Mel Brooks, USA, 1974, 1hr 46mins
Sun 24 June 12:00
To mark the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, we’ve been be revisiting some of cinema’s most notable interpretations of her iconic gothic masterpiece.

We conclude with Young Frankenstein. One of the funniest films ever made, Mel Brooks’ marvellously crafted, beautifully shot comedic homage to James Whale’s 1931 classic Frankenstein is both a loving tribute and a raucous, irreverent parody of the classic horror movies of the 1930’s.


Doc'n Roll Festival: The Inertia Variations (15)
Dir: Johanna St Michaels, Sweden | UK, 2017, 1hr 25mins
Wed 27 June 20:50

We're delighted to welcome UK music film festival Doc'n Roll to our screens with a selection of engaging music documentaries that celebrate music subcultures by providing a unique platform to support their cinematic expressions.

We kick things off with The Inertia Variations. This moving documentary gives meaningful insight into the life and work of The The's Matt Johnson as he struggles with creative inertia whilst facing the challenge of writing new work.

Doc'n Roll Festival: George Michael: Freedom - The Director's Cut (18)
Dir: David Austin, George Michael, UK, 2018, 1hr 49mins
Thu 28 June 21:00
Described as a “modern day Elvis” by Liam Gallagher, any fan of George Michael will be interested in this documentary revealing how he became one of the biggest pop stars of the world. Screening as part of Doc N Roll Festival.

Hereditary (15)
Dir: Ari Aster, USA, 2017, 2hrs 6mins
Until at least Thu 28 June
Branded the 'scariest horror movie in years' following its premiere at Sundance earlier in the year, Ari Aster's disturbing spook show, featuring a bravura performance by Toni Collette, is a domestic thriller about the most frightening ghosts of all: the spirits within.



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


  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Restaurant

Children & Infants

  • Accept Children Over 3

Establishment Features

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

Key Features

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

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route

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



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    Recent Reviews:

    • LichTraveller
      Trip Type:
      A fun walk and browsing at market stalls
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 27th June 2018
      Fairly crowded and busy - a good sign - with lots of craft type stalls. Also good for people watching! Read full review
    • frugalbod
      Bristol, United Kingdom
      Eclectic films hooray overpriced cafe boo
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 16th May 2018
      Watershed cafe delivers great food , but this is the second time I have been disappointed. Each time I have ordered something and "salad" only to see a garnish of tiny leaves . This is not value for... Read full review
    • 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
    1 Canons Road
    BS1 5TX

    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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