What People Say

We love hearing from our customers - here are some examples of the feedback we've received. Good or bad, if you have an experience to share, get in touch in person, on our social networks or via email

"When I came to Bristol four years ago and went to Watershed for the first time, I was - and remain - so impressed…Quality, I thought, and I have been a great fan and missionary zealot for Watershed ever since…. W'shed is impressive in the way that it renews, adapts, takes change head on.  I am fully supportive of what you are doing.  Just keep up the lovely range of events and make sure you pay your wonderful staff a good wage!  They are gems.  Altogether, you are a prize enterprise."

"I patronise the Watershed mainly because of foreign films (I am French) but also because it gives us a chance to watch films that won't necessarily show in multiplex (and expensive!) cinemas.  So, keep up the good work!... By the way, I went to see New York New York on a Sunday at noon, which I enjoyed enormously.  What is more, the ticket seller said it would be free because the copy of the film was not of a good standard!  I wouldn't have noticed but really appreciate your taking care of your customers this way!  Thank you for being the Watershed!"

"…Located in a beautiful Grade II listed building in Harbourside, this cinema is an endearing place to visit on a rainy Bristolian evening… I had my first introduction to this inspired place while on a Hispanic Society trip to see the Chilean masterpiece, ‘No’. Although I enjoyed the film, I walked away thinking about the venue… Watershed radiates intelligence and creative thought as you come out of your film to hear people discussing the artistic camera angles rather than the attractiveness of the male lead. With 3 cinemas showing those quirky films you promised yourself that you would try, a charming café that promotes locally sourced food and an online catalogue of short films on almost any media-related topic, there’s nothing not to love..."

"Nicest soup I ever tasted at @wshed today - Moroccan chickpea."

"I don't suppose the Watershed would lend me the keys for an all night cake/coffee based lock-in? I'll keep the noise down and I won't touch the hummus."

"I always get a pang of excitement when reading the new Watershed brochure.There's nothing like print and nothing like 'Tree of Life' to whet appetite."

"Had a very lovely meal indeed at Watershed last night - best fishcakes I've tasted in a long while! Big big compliments to the chef."

"I'm going to spend most of today at Watershed, writing, chatting, drinking latte, maybe some tapas for lunch. My idea of an office!"

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

UK Creative Economy Programme.

"Very much enjoyed 'North by Northwest'! So nice to see it on the big screen. More I say, more!"

"Another great evening at Watershed. No matter how much time I spend there I always want to spend more."

"Watershed has deservedly won this year's Europa Cinemas 'Entrepreneur of the Year' Award, selected from among the 1000 cinemas that belong to the network in over 500 cities. This reflects the adventurous approach that Watershed has taken to developing new ways of connecting with its audiences and reaching out towards a wider public. Watershed has already inspired many other cinemas, and the award confirms how highly its team is regarded around Europe. Bristol is lucky to have such a dynamic venue, which is also dedicated to remaining accessible and welcoming."

Professor Ian Christie, Vice-President of Europa Cinemas.

"What a fantastic event! Wonderful speakers - thank you so much for your time and inspiring messages. Special thanks to Watershed for being ace!"

"I miss spending time at Watershed every Thursday I spend out of Bristol. I'm craving the food, the atmosphere and the company."

Dear Mark

I hope I'm writing to the right person, but I just wanted to drop you (and the Watershed) a note to say how much we're enjoying the Bernard Herrman season.

We attended the Herrmann - Knowing the Score event this afternoon and I just thought I should write to say we thought it was excellent - Neil Brand has an excellent lecturing style, he knew his material well and the talk was illustrated superbly. We also liked that not a minute was wasted - everything he talked about was absolutely fascinating and relevant and was exactly what we had turned up hoping to hear. We could easily have listened to him for another hour and a half. The week before we thoroughly enjoyed the talk on the theremin prior to the showing of 'Day the Earth Stood Still' and the opportunity to try and play the instrument after was too good to pass up!

Please continue to organise events such as this in the future

Yours with best wishes

John L Probert