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Wrong Westfield - this is Shepherd’s Bush
This cinema actually has 20 screens - 18-20 are accessed via a lift to the left of the main foyer, and all seat seating 57 (18-19) or 58 (20) each.
On my visit I found the foyer to be an unpleasant place - very busy, popcorn and sweets all over the floor, and the atmosphere added to by a Fast X trailer on loop which caused all of the speakers to distort. The foyer is also looking quite scruffy with ripped and peeling seating (under posters proclaiming “the future of cinema” and broken screens.
From inside the main foyer, there’s no obvious sign that this screen is closed - the doors are closed and the walkway is roped off. A large 4DX sign is still displayed in the foyer too.
Externally, the empty shop unit that previously displayed film posters (and for which planning permission had been applied to turn into a Cineworld-run snack kiosk) has become a shady looking currency exchange office and mobile phone accessory shop, with the window removed and an ugly roller shutter installed in its place.
As of Monday this screen is closed and cordoned off, due to disputes with the landlord over unpaid rent. An expert is quoted as saying it’s unlikely to reopen as the landlord (different to the rest of the site) has had enough and wants to take back the space. https://www.screendaily.com/news/cineworlds-relationship-with-bruised-uk-landlords-in-the-spotlight-as-leicester-square-4dx-screen-boarded-up-exclusive/5182071.article
Screen 12: 299
Screen 13: 151
Screen 14: 154
Screen 15: 195
Screen 16: 444
Screen 17: 61 (VIP)
Screen 18: 62 (VIP)
Screen 19: 54 (VIP)
Visited here recently to watch The Whale. Foyer has the usual glossy Cineworld fit-out, plus some artwork by a local artist covering the walls in the corridors to the screens. Sadly the place always seems to be something of a ghost town, with the attractive cafe/bar area largely unused. Interestingly it would seem Cineworld built a proper bar here (and also placed glass-fronted fridges behind the snack kiosk that would usually hold alcoholic drinks) however they do not yet have a licence to sell it.
As the foyer and corridors are open to the fabric-roofed Odyssey, in winter they are extremely cold and really not places to linger.
Seating in the screens has retained the original layout, now updated with well-padded seats where the backrest reclines slightly and the base moves forwards - nowhere near the same level as the recliners some other chains are installing as standard now but a step up on Cineworld’s previous generation fit-out.
Finally restaurants are starting to open up on the ground floor (Nando’s and Zizzi) which will probably help trade here, but I think they’ll need to reduce ticket prices to encourage people to visit - Odeon and Movie House both undercut Cineworld by £2.50 per adult ticket.
Now open. Cineworld have shared some photos on their Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CXUQOdqIqOO/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
The IMAX screen has some abstract wall decorations.
Due to open as Cineworld on 10th December, with IMAX Laser, 4DX and ScreenX. The foyer will include a Lavazza Cafe Bar.
Closed indefinitely in 2021.
The façade is off! https://harrowonline.org/2021/04/26/first-photos-of-the-art-deco-facade-shows-dramatic-change-to-cinema/
Now closed. As of January 2021 scaffolding had been erected and the blue cladding starting to be removed: https://pastrewind.wordpress.com/2021/01/19/a-peek-at-harrows-hidden-art-deco-masterpiece/
Planning permission granted (reference 20/01144/LBC) for a full refurbishment with a reinstatement of original entrance design, screen 1 overstepped to allow for sofas to be installed, screens 2 and 3 subdivided to provide four screens, and a refurbishment of the basement bar and toilets.
Everyman Chelsea due to open tomorrow: https://www.everymancinema.com/chelsea/theatre-info
Screen 12 provided similarly strong picture and sound to screen 16, and also suffers from a red glow on the screen from the stair lighting.
The red lights do of course extinguish one the ads finish. Also the ceiling lighting seemed to be sensibility programmed, with the majority of lights (including those closest to the screen) switching off entirely once the feature started. A far cry from the mistake made with the lights when screens 1 to 5 were first refurbished, which were way too bright and produced significant glare – thankfully now rectified.
According to https://www.devonlive.com/whats-on/whats-on-news/how-much-ticket-cost-barcodes-3360636 the IMAX is 23m x 18.5m
Added a photo of screen 12, which is part of the expansion. Surrounds are by QSC.
The stats come from a local news article so could be inaccurate: https://www.yorkmix.com/first-look-inside-yorks-giant-new-cineworld-cinema/
IMAX screen measures 22.29m x 16.81m, and has laser projection.
Screens to be stepped, the largest two on a curved plan. Toilets relocated from main foyer to under screen stepping. Screen 3 to be Screen X.
Screen 1: 232 seatsScreen 2: 232 seatsScreen 3: 178 seatsScreen 4: 178 seatsScreen 5: 178 seatsScreen 6: 178 seatsScreen 7: 148 seatsScreen 8: 148 seats
Planning permission granted for a refurbishment, designed by Earle Architects (who seem to be responsible for many Picturehouse cinemas).
New signage, canopy and exterior cladding, and a small Starbucks added to the foyer.
To include Screen X.
Unfortunately the Brighton & Hove planning website is rather broken so I can’t access any more of the documents to find out more details.
Peak adult ticket price to be £16.90 – the same as Picturehouse Central.
For some reason all of the warm white LED spotlight bulbs in the foyer and corridors have been replaced by much brighter, cool white ones which has a really negative effect on the ambiance. This has the unfortunate side effect of showing up how worn the carpet, paintwork and bar furniture have become! Also on one or two of the escalators blue fluorescent tubes have been replaced by white LEDs.
Could definitely use a refurb, the seats haven’t been touched since the cinema opened and have become quite uncomfortable.
Closes as a Cineworld on 7 October. No details on Picturehouse website as to when it will reopen as a Picturehouse.