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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.

Now showing:

Lucky (15)
Dir: John Carroll Lynch , USA, 2017, 1hr 28mins
Fri 14 Sept for at least one week
One of America’s greatest character actors, the late, great Harry Dean Stanton, gets the perfect send off in this funny and touching portrait of an ageing maverick staring down mortality and refusing to go gently into the night.

Wajib (15) S
Dir: Annemarie Jacir, Palestine, 2017, 1hr 37mins
Fri 14 Sept for at least one week
A traditional family wedding in Palestine puts strain on the relationship between an old school father and his cosmopolitan expat son in this wry family drama.

The Rider (15)
Dir: Chloé Zhao, USA, 2017, 1hr 44mins
Fri 14 Sept for at least one week
After suffering a near fatal heard injury, young South Dakota Sioux cowboy Brady is told never to ride again - but the sport is his lifeline as well as his passion - and he struggles to find his place within a world where the phrase ride or die takes on real, high stakes meaning.

Cold War (15) S
Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland | France | UK, 2018, 1hr 24mins
Until at least Thu 20 Sept
Pawel Pawlikowski wowed Cannes (and picked up a Best Director prize) with this gorgeously crafted love story of a pair of mismatched musicians shuttling back and forth across the Iron Curtain.

BlacKkKlansman (15)
Dir: Spike Lee, USA, 2018, 2hrs 8mins
Until at least Thu 20 Sept
Spike Lee makes a triumphant return to form with this furious and often funny true-life tale of a black cop who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan.

American Animals (15)
Dir: Bart Layton, UK|USA, 2018, 1hr 57mins
Until at least Thu 20 Sept
The heist film is turned inside out in this wildly entertaining true-life tale focuses on four dimwitted college friends who, inspired by their favourite movies, hatch a scheme to steal a multi-million dollar book collection.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post (15)
Dir: Desiree Akhavan, USA, 2018, 1hr 31mins
Until at least Thu 20 Sept
Desiree Akhavan follows up Appropriate Behaviour with this tremendous drama about a teen sent off to a 'gay reform camp' that scooped the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

A Haunted Existence by Tom Marshman (15)
Until at least Sun 23 Sept
Join Pervasive Media Studio resident Tom Marshman in a special performance at The Island blending creative technology, music and projection as he retraces the forgotten true story of a young local man who was arrested for gross indecency. Please note this event takes place at The Island.

Working Class Heroes: British Working Class on Film: Poor Cow (15)
Dir: Ken Loach, UK, 1967, 1hr 42mins
Sun 16 Sept, 12:00
Throughout September and October join us as we celebrate some of British cinema’s most compelling working class talent.
A landmark in British social realist filmmaking, Ken Loach's debut feature film was a kitchen-sink drama starring Carol White (Cathy Come Home) as a working-class single mother living in the London slums.



  • 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

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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:

    • Wes_Charles
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Nice environment, food not so good
      3 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 18th September 2018
      We came in here for breakfast and ordered various dishes. Between us all, we had 7 poached eggs... each of which was rock hard. Real disappointment and spoilt the meal. A poached egg should be runny... Read full review
    • Lyn01
      Hidden gem
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 15th September 2018
      Visited with a friend mid week to watch a film in the afternoon. Really comfortable seats, good sized screen and lovely atmosphere. Will definitely return soon Read full review
    • Kathy T
      Bristol, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Consultation day
      4 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 24th July 2018
      The Watershed was the location for a consultation day for my organisation. There are worse places to be for sure. The venue is located in the Bristol harbour offering waterside walks while taking in... 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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