Minema Cinema

45 Knightsbridge,
London, SW1X 7NL

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Functions: Auto Showroom

Previous Names: Curzon Minema Cinema

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Minema, 11th March 1993

The Minema Cinema opened on 12th May 1973 with the Czechoslovakian film "Sweet Games of Last Summer" and "The Arp Statue". It was operated by the Savoy Hotel Group, owners of the Berkeley Hotel next door.

The cinema was located in a basement and was fully air conditioned. Seating was in rows of about 9-seats across, with access only available from an aisle on the left side. It was a very popular art house cinema for many years and was last operated by the Curzon group of cinemas. It closed on 30th May 2000 with Ralph Fiennes in "Sunshine". Despite booming attendances, the lease had come to an end and the owners of the Berkeley Hotel had decided the space could be put to a more profitable use. It became an up-market furniture store known as ‘The Red Fort’. In 2011, the ground floor entrance is part of a car salesroom. In 2020 it was demolished for a rebuilding of the Berkeley Hotel.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

Champlin on June 29, 2008 at 7:25 am

Saw Greenaway’s ‘The Draughtsman’s Contract’ here in 1980s. The best London art cinema in my opinion.

woody on June 15, 2010 at 2:31 am

a press ad from dec 1979 for the film Mortiz Lieber Mortiz showing at the Minema

keiths on November 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm

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This is worth a watch.

Billy on July 28, 2023 at 4:09 am

Looking at Google Street View, all traces of the Minema were demolished during the major rebuilding of the Berkeley Hotel in 2020, today a new building stands in its place.

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