Coronet Cinema

103-111 Notting Hill Gate,
London, W11 3LB

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movieworld
movieworld on January 6, 2005 at 12:47 pm

Programme times for the CORONET can be seen in The Evening Standard, and their wab-site www.coronet.org and www.moviedata.co.uk

movieworld
movieworld on October 14, 2004 at 12:13 pm

The Notting Hill Film Festival is taking place at THE CORONET at the
moment and ends on the 17th October.

movieworld
movieworld on October 9, 2004 at 5:32 pm

When I was at the GAUMONT (coronet) about 1974 it was still two
Kalee 21s,and change overs. Then they got the cinemacannica Vic 8
with the tower.The Vic 8 is still there,but the tower has been replaced by a cake stand.And another cinema(screen two),has been built on the stage area.

kiwidownunder
kiwidownunder on October 8, 2004 at 3:29 pm

Yes our paths must have crossed at sometime.I was also there when Rank re furnished and re seated the cinema,and changed the projection equipment to a single spool,cinemacannica,and a 16 mm projector to show the old classics.We showed the first Al Jolson films half sound and half silent.Then there was Bette Davis in bobby socks with Leslie Howard,Humphrey Bogart in Petrified Forest.
I use to be relief projectionist several times at Westbourne Grove,Twickenham,Aylesbury,Holloway,Ilford,Shepherds Bush(Odeon 2)
Bury St Edmunds,Seven Oaks,Elephant & Castle,Cosham,Barking,Golders Green,Watford.
It was great tour of all the Rank cinemas at the time.
Wonderful days.
Please to have any emails anytime who remember or worked in those .nz

movieworld
movieworld on October 7, 2004 at 11:49 am

I was at the GAUMONT in the early 70s before going to the west-end,
I think the last film I ran there was “The Way We Were” Robert Redford.Were you there then? I may Know you!It was handed over to the
Shermans about 1974 who brought back the original name CORONET.They
were indeed great days.I have “Summer of 42” on video.Nice to hear
from you!

kiwidownunder
kiwidownunder on October 6, 2004 at 5:29 pm

No more discussion about flies,thank goodness!
I loved the classics in the Coronet when I showed them in the seventies,Casabalanca,Gone With the Wind,Busby Berkley Films (Gold Diggers,Dames) Bette Davis and later classics Summer of 42,Walkabout,Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau greats!
Oh what great halycon days of the cinema and now we have some really pitiful remakes of films from those days.

movieworld
movieworld on October 6, 2004 at 5:12 pm

The new owners are bringing the CORONET into the new millennium.

nickc
nickc on October 6, 2004 at 1:07 pm

Hi rob
A blue bottle is a large fly.
nick

RobertR
RobertR on October 5, 2004 at 12:29 pm

Nick
What are blue bottles?

Rob

nickc
nickc on October 5, 2004 at 12:19 pm

Thats good to know about those smelly old toilets, i once was attacked by a swarm of blue bottles in the gents, not nice
Good job they wer'nt showing THE FLY
Later
nick

movieworld
movieworld on September 22, 2004 at 4:44 pm

The new owners of the CORONET have a refurbishment programme up
and running at the present time,which includes the toilets!While the show continues with the usual outstanding presentation both in picture and sound.
With their state of the art digital sound system,and cinemacannica
projection equipment,as is used at the ODEON Leicester Square.
So there!!MOVIEWORLD.

nickc
nickc on September 21, 2004 at 3:30 pm

My 10%’s worth
Hi I visited the coronet a few weeks ago and to my surprise i did not know one of the staff, after reading the local cinema booklet of
the cinema news ect i was so shocked because the center page was a so call group shot of staff who had worked there for years, yeh right
Not one of the faces had worked the before, and i should know being an ex employee. I worked for the coronet for about 7 years when paul was the manager the nice old guy with the pipe, everybody liked him.
Paul died about 4 years ago not long after they the old head office crew booted him out with no redendency pay (tight crew) black hat mob
long beards if you know what i mean.
The old crew were most upset when a guy called joe constantine took over management the locals were overheard saying he could'nt organise
a p****** in a brewery and they were right and it was the wrong image
for the old place. Any way i have very fond memories of the place and some good stories to tell
Regards
Nick

movieworld
movieworld on September 20, 2004 at 6:58 pm

Hi kiwidownunder!
The GAUMONT NOTTING HILL GATE early 70s.
Kalee 21 Projectors,Change overs.The manager Les Palmer
eventually went to the ODEON BARNET and the
short fat one went to the ODEON SWISS COTTAGE.
.uk

mba1
mba1 on May 23, 2004 at 12:48 pm

Both the manager and the assistant manager were retained along with the projectionist. I hope this helps clarify my statement

nastyman
nastyman on May 23, 2004 at 4:31 am

REPLY TO mba1 dated on 20 may 2004 11.46 am

As a customer,i totally agree with what Humbleman said about your organization.It’s a blatant lie on your part to state that you retained all the staff at the coronet cinema.When i walked in the other day i could hardly spot the usual joyful team.Morevoer , i learnt that apparently just the managers were kept to work in the cinema.Anyway , i always had a fantastic time in the cinema until now.Thanks to the cheering crew!!

mba1
mba1 on May 21, 2004 at 1:51 am

Regarding the vintage postcard photo at the top of the page, does anyone know where I can get a copy or good download of it?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 20, 2004 at 3:38 pm

I saw “Malcolm X” there, and you could smoke in the balcony, which many did!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 20, 2004 at 9:29 am

The Cinema Theatre Association here in the UK welcomes the news that the Coronet will now be retained and run as a cinema. We also welcome proposed plans to restore the historic fabric of the building in the near future (suject to consultation with English Heritage, The Theatre’s Trust and the Cinema Theatre Association I hope)

I regularly attend this cinema in preference to going for the multiplex ‘experience’ as it has an exciting atmosphere and feel to it, rather than sitting in a ‘black box’. Ok. the cinema has been a bit run down over many years, but this is now a great oportunitity to make this cinema the centrepoint of the neighborhood again.

Notting Hill has been for many years a cinemagoers paradise as can be vouched for by the now successful restoration of the Electric Cinema, Portobello Road, (one of England’s oldest cinemas, still in operation since 1910, and the Gate Cinema (operating as a cinema from 1911) almost adjacent to the Coronet in Notting Hill which now operates as a succesful ‘art house’ cinema. To have three cinemas operating in one area just shows the enthusiasm of the locals and cinema buffs who attend them. Could it also be that they are all Listed buildings as well, I wonder?

Anyway, long live the Coronet, and I hope the current owners have a long and successful tenure there.

mba1
mba1 on May 20, 2004 at 8:46 am

Really the above comments are ridiculous, the staff were retained! Kensington Temple was the only viable bid to guarantee the continuance of the Cinema the other offers being unacceptable and unrealistic. KT has feeding programmes around the world focusing on children in need. Really this type of posting is irresponsible as it is totally misinformed and judgemental.

Humbleman
Humbleman on May 20, 2004 at 8:30 am

It’s a shame that the Kensington Temple bought the cinema for around 4 million pounds when people are starving for food and water all around the world. The money could have been used to help those people and thus putting the most basic teaching of Jesus into practice. I realised that Kensington temple is not a charity but a PROFIT MAKING ORGANIZATION. All this show is done on the name of Jesus. I went through the bible and there is no page in it which states that you need to spend so lot to promote the cause of Jesus.
May be the coronet will not be a church but one thing for sure we are not silly because it will be a church in disguise. Everyone is protesting regarding the change in respect to the cinema but no one ever thought about those people who lost their jobs and who were made forcefully redundant. Not even Colin Dye cared about it and yet he is praising Jesus all the day. My gratefulness goes to all the ex staffs of the coronet cinema excluding the managers (who are absolutely incompetent , unprofessional and who cannot even write basic English).As a regular customer , I found some of the staffs were really nice and welcoming. I will miss those bubbly people. I wish them all the best. May I suggest to the company who took over , I believe you better show that movie called GODFATHER because it suits you very well……What a shame.!!

Humbleman
Humbleman on May 20, 2004 at 8:29 am

It’s a shame that the Kensington Temple bought the cinema for around 4 million pounds when people are starving for food and water all around the world. The money could have been used to help those people and thus putting the most basic teaching of Jesus into practice. I realised that Kensington temple is not a charity but a PROFIT MAKING ORGANIZATION. All this show is done on the name of Jesus. I went through the bible and there is no page in it which states that you need to spend so lot to promote the cause of Jesus.
May be the coronet will not be a church but one thing for sure we are not silly because it will be a church in disguise. Everyone is protesting regarding the change in respect to the cinema but no one ever thought about those people who lost their jobs and who were made forcefully redundant. Not even Colin Dye cared about it and yet he is praising Jesus all the day. My gratefulness goes to all the ex staffs of the coronet cinema excluding the managers (who are absolutely incompetent , unprofessional and who cannot even write basic English).As a regular customer , I found some of the staffs were really nice and welcoming. I will miss those bubbly people. I wish them all the best. May I suggest to the company who took over , I believe you better show that movie called GODFATHER because it suits you very well……What a shame.!!

mba1
mba1 on May 19, 2004 at 5:22 am

Here is the latest press release the church has actually SAVED the Cinema!

Coronet announces opening film programme

It will be business as usual when Notting Hill’s The Coronet Cinema re-opens under new ownership on Thursday (May 20th).

The opening film on Thursday night will be Troy (15), and other films in the first week include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (15); the Day After Tomorrow (12a) and matinee showings of Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (PG).

The Coronet has been purchased by Notting Hill-based Church, Kensington Temple. The church has committed to an immediate investment of £500,000 for upgrading and improvements at the cinema, and hope to raise over £1 million over the next eighteen months for further improvements and renovation work.

Senior Pastor Colin Dye commented: “As the new owners we are fully committed to ensuring that The Coronet continues as a resource and venue for the entire Notting Hill community and beyond. As our launch programme demonstrates we will continue to offer a wide selection of popular films.

“Keeping the cinema function has always been one of our key aims and allows us to build important bridges with our neighbourhood. The Coronet first opened in 1898, and Kensington Temple church was first open for services in 1848 so we both have very long associations with the area.”

The Coronet was previously owned and managed by Mr and Mrs Graham Dowson for 30 years. Mr Dowson commented:

“We are delighted that Kensington Temple has bought the Coronet Cinema. We were approached by a number of prospective purchasers but Kensington Temple came forward with a proposal that ensured the continuation of an important cinema. Their proposal promised exciting developments in the use of this historic building and a return in due course also to include its original role as an important venue for theatrical and live arts.”

Pastor Dye also clarified the Temple’s position regarding the intended uses of the Coronet:

“We have always said that our primary purpose is to use the Coronet as a centre for the arts for all the community. We are currently in the process of what we intend to be a comprehensive consultation with every section of the community.

We believe that out of this process of consultation will come positive and concrete proposals which, if implemented, will make the Coronet a thriving multi media entertainment centre for the whole community.

We are not seeking to turn the Coronet into a church and are not applying for any change of use at this time. The Cinema will continue to run as usual. We expect the final proposals when they are completed will include on-going cinema capability as well as the full restoration of the theatre element.”

-ends-

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 18, 2004 at 3:37 pm

Sad news, the Coronet closed on 12 May 2004, one day earlier than announced. The final film in the main auditorium was ‘Van Helsing’. EasyCinemas were hoping to buy the building and continue its cinema use, but were outbid by a church who plan to use the building for their services, but they say they may still occasionally screen ‘family orientated’ films.

The Coronet was built as a drama theatre, opening on 28th November 1898 at 103-111 High Street, Notting Hill, in West London. It seated 1,143, the architect was W.G.R. Sprague. It became a full time cinema from November 1923 and this continued until its recent closure. Only 2 years ago a 2nd small screen was added, located on the stage. It was the last cinema in London that still allowed smoking in the auditorium. It is a Listed Grade II building.

nastyman
nastyman on April 28, 2004 at 4:46 pm

The cinema is sold now due to pure greed only.Long live the coronet but not the ex owners!!