Historic Notting Hill Arthouse Cinema Undergoes Refurbishment
LONDON, ENGLAND — The historic Gate Cinema in London’s trendy Notting Hill is currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment.
Externally, it will have a new canopy, marquee and vertical blade sign. Internally, it will have a totally new lobby in stainless steel and oak (nothing of the original lobby exists following a rebuild after WWII when the ornate exterior suffered extensive bomb damage).
The Grade II listed auditorium is a extravagantly ornate wedding cake confection of Edwardian plasterwork with a heavily coffered ceiling.
The original proscenium was a very simple curved plaster trough that was removed to enlarge the screen in 1931 when sound was installed, the original screen was directly against the back wall.
A state-of-the-art air conditioning system has been carefully worked into the 1911 ceiling vents, new purple carpets and red velvet armchair seats are being installed, all seats will have a drinks table and the auditorium is fully licensed, and the back two rows of seats will feature double velvet love seats.
The Gate is run by the Picturehouse Group who will continue to maintain its reputation as London’s foremost arts cinema. It reopens on Friday Aug 27, with ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’.