Empire Cinemas - London Haymarket

63-65 Haymarket,
London, SW1Y 4RQ

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Zappomatic on August 19, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Cineworld annual report has a section on new openings, and says “Haymarket TSR (5)”. Presumably this means total refurbishment and turning 3 screens into 5. I wonder how they will do this? Hoping they don’t dare carve up screen 1! The site does need some serious TLC though.

Zappomatic on November 30, 2011 at 3:10 pm

At long last the missing plaster in screen 1 has been replaced, but not yet painted to match.

Zappomatic on September 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Photos taken by English Heritage in 2001 including the former circle bar, now used as storage. Lots of water damage which seems to be recurring. http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/search/reference.aspx?uid=144281&index=384&mainQuery=cinema&searchType=all&form=home

Zappomatic on September 4, 2011 at 8:56 am

Tweeted today about it being a shame that a big chunk of the plasterwork has recently fallen down at the back of screen 1 and the cinema needing TLC or a refurb and Cineworld Haymarket tweeted back: “We very much agree! We’re working on getting building improvements underway soon…”

Wonder what that’ll bring? Just structural fixes or something more?

rdpenny on April 19, 2011 at 5:21 am

Screen 3 went digital in of last year.
Screen 1 likely has a damp smell due to a leak that was never fully fixed which can sometimes drip heavily when it rains.

TLSLOEWS on April 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Thanks for the photos zapomatic.

Zappomatic on April 18, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Photos of the theatre before tripling: View link

Zappomatic on March 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Bit of a damp smell in screen 1 tonight, and very cold. Hope it’s nothing major!

Zappomatic on February 20, 2011 at 3:08 am

When did screen 3 go digital? Saw Biutful in there a couple of weeks ago and aside from an unfortunately noticeable keystone effect the picture was incredibly bright, sharp and vivid and the sound clean and punchy – a world of difference from its oddly angled neighbour screen 2. Can still feel the Tube running underneath though!

rdpenny on November 23, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Here is a couple of pictures from the 80’s I believe of this lovely triplex cinema View link (should work for non facebook members too and the last picture is the Virgin plan of the cinema)
Here’s some more pictures: View link

It’s a shame Brief Encounter left and they decided not to continue with theatre production like they were thinking about, but of course the recession started…just bad timing I guess.
Oh, black and white films downstairs were never going to happen by the way, but the normal art housey type of films the cinema played back then.

Spartacus was wonderful (but not a big fan of it) and the intrude was way longer than it should have been as it was repeated…but it was nice to see the film on the big screen.

HowardBHaas on May 21, 2009 at 12:50 am

Upstairs in the large auditorium this past week, the movie “Synecdoche, New York”

A sign at the theater states there will be presentations in “digital” of “Spartacus” I’m curious as to whether that classic has been put into 2 k or 4 k (the digital that some new movies are presented in, though neither would likely equal 70mm) or DVD or blue-ray (neither of which would equal 35mm)?

AdoraKiaOra on July 24, 2008 at 5:03 am

A few weeks ago they announced Brief Encounter' would extend until mid-October. I can now tell you that in the next 2 or 3 weeks a further announcement will be made stating that it will now run until Feb 22nd 2009….at least!
To back up what Jason has just said above , I can not recommend this show enough! It is simply stunning and I saw it for the 3rd time last Sunday afternoon.
What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The tickets are only £39.50 top price- most plays in the West End are topping at £55-60. Bargain!

Jasonmullen on July 24, 2008 at 4:50 am

Brief Encounter is brilliantly staged in the former screen one. The set and mix of film and live action are extremely clever. The film is recreated with added classic Noel Coward songs performed by the cast coupled with a live jazz band that serenades the audience before the show. This production should not be missed. It would be good if more theatre could be done in this space, in the meantime lets hope this show gets a further extension.

AdoraKiaOra on April 21, 2008 at 5:21 am

Lol I don’t think I’ve ever seen a full set of those bulbs in all the years they’ve been there. They are so obvious!

woody on April 21, 2008 at 4:34 am

canopy close-up
would be nice if they had replaced all the blown bulbs

larrygoldsmith on March 22, 2008 at 8:36 pm

This theatre may have been part of 20th Century Fox Film Corp. but it was never owned or operated by the FOX chain of theatres. At one time they operated several theatres in Canada ( under the National General Corp.) That is about as foreign as that chain ever got with movie theatres!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 20, 2008 at 11:30 am

The intro should Live theater and cinema as screens two and three are showing films.

AdoraKiaOra on March 7, 2008 at 6:54 am

No, not at all, no problem. I was young!!!! and obviuosly hadnt got my bearings around London by then! I have now !lol
I saw it at Swansea Odeon and then again in Marble Arch.

smoothie on March 6, 2008 at 11:30 pm

Ian ‘adoraKiaOral’ :sorry to be a snob,but “Bugsy Malone” hit the screens at the Leicester Square Theatre,not the Odeon. July 7 -August 23,1976 to be exact. Then transferred to the Odeon,Marble Arch and then in order to maintain a subsequent outlet in Central London when out on general release was parked at the Metropole and Odeon,Kensington simultaneously.

Jasonmullen on March 4, 2008 at 7:22 am

Thanks Ken for clarifying the distributer details. Also I now suddenly recall that we left the cinema in bright daylight so it must indeed have been a trade or press showing as you suggested.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 4, 2008 at 6:25 am

jason; It sound like it was a morning Trade Show or Press Show you attended. These were private, by invitation only and the were held at many cinemas in the West End from the 1940’s into the 1980’s. It was normal to hand out booklets, photos etc. The distributers of “Bugsy Malone” in the UK were Fox-Rank.

Jasonmullen on March 4, 2008 at 6:13 am

Hi Ian, I recall the musical at Her Majestys in 1984 but it was the film I saw, I still have the soundtrack album and book somewhere. It may not have been the actual premiere but some sort of special advance screening for trade clients. My father worked as a senior manager for Granada Motorway Services at the time. I really recall the foyer and staircase from the upper circle as much the same as it is at todays Cinema Haymarket. The reason it was shown here (if only once) may be that the film was a 20th Century Fox release and I think they still ran the Carlton at this time?