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Billy commented about Piccadilly Cinema on Dec 3, 2019 at 9:31 pm

This image is from 2005.

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Billy commented about Fulham Road Picturehouse on Dec 3, 2019 at 8:51 pm

Opening slightly delayed to Sunday, 8th December.

This was my workplace from 2017 to earlier this year, looking forward to seeing the results of the refurbishment!

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Billy commented about Fulham Road Picturehouse on Oct 7, 2019 at 3:42 pm

Final evening of being a Cineworld was Sunday 6th October 2019, estimated reopening as a Picturehouse sometime in November.

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Billy commented about Prince Charles Cinema on Nov 22, 2018 at 12:25 am

Visited today for the first time in a few months and noticed a significant refurbishment has taken place, in the foyer and especially the toilets which are much more modern and nicer looking. Still a brilliant cinema with excellent 35mm presentations, £1 member tickets and all-night themed movie marathons.

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Billy commented about Cineworld Cinema - Chelsea on Apr 28, 2018 at 9:48 pm

Demolition began in early 2018 and the site has now been mostly cleared. A photo has been uploaded from April this year.

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Billy commented about Vue Shepherd's Bush on Nov 19, 2017 at 7:22 pm

I’m astonished that this has lasted so long when there’s been another Vue literally minutes down the road in Westfield for seven years. Together that’s a huge 32 screens, but films often duplicate in both cinemas.

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Billy commented about Empire Cinemas - London Haymarket on Nov 3, 2017 at 8:57 pm

Can’t be many other London cinemas that cheap – Prince Charles’s lowest tickets start at £4.50 for weekday matinees (Member price), and Empire Walthamstow is still £3.95 on Tuesdays, possibly Sutton too when that reopens next month.

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Billy commented about Closing night, exterior on Mar 11, 2017 at 3:56 am

The readograph stopped being used around 2013 (along with most Cineworld cinemas) and I’m not sure there were any staff left who knew how to change it. A closure notice like Staples Corner would have been nice though.

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Billy commented about Cineworld Cinema - Chelsea on Mar 10, 2017 at 4:20 pm

https://www.flickr.com/photos/billy_hicks/albums/72157677855312853

A gallery of the cinema on its final day of service, including screens, AV and staff areas.

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Billy commented about Cineworld Cinema - Chelsea on Mar 3, 2017 at 1:47 am

Seating capacities at closure were 205, 226, 113 and 104.

The films shown on the final day are confirmed to be ‘Kong: Skull Island’, ‘Hidden Figures’, ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ and ‘Logan’. Plans were made to show a series of classic films on the day of closure, including ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ which would have been perfect given the site’s history, but sadly it wasn’t able to happen.

A small if friendly cinema I’ve been proud to call my place of work for the last several months, and as the many hundreds of customers who watched ‘La La Land’ here in recent weeks will prove, a popular site until the very end. King’s Road and its residents will miss it greatly.

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Billy commented about Cineworld Cinema - Wembley on Mar 3, 2017 at 1:14 am

The first film shown at this cinema was ‘Justin and the Knights of Valour’ at 2:20pm, 24th October 2013. As the cinema launched with little ceremony it played to an audience of just two people!

Business was slow at first due to lack of customer awareness and the nearby established Cineworld at Staples Corner. Popularity after the initial few weeks increased greatly, particularly amongst Bollywood and Tamil film fans as a significant amount of Indian films are shown here, leading to Staples Corner’s eventual closure in 2016. A large window overlooking Wembley was added to the foyer wall in January 2015, significantly increasing natural light to the space.

Projection has been fully digital from the beginning along with D-Box seating in Screen 7.

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Billy commented about Cineworld Cinema - Wandsworth on Feb 22, 2017 at 11:25 am

4DX seats were added on 9th December 2016, London’s first cinema to receive them.

Currently undergoing a major refurbishment, still ongoing as of February 2017 but looking brilliantly modern already!

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Billy commented about MGM Oxford Street on Feb 14, 2017 at 5:32 pm

Zavvi closed in early 2009 at this location.

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Billy commented about Empire Cinemas - London Haymarket on Jan 12, 2017 at 2:02 am

All three movies were January 1998 release dates in the UK, so probably Jan/Feb that year.

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Billy commented about Empire Cinemas - London Haymarket on Jan 12, 2017 at 1:59 am

Probably February 1999 (Bulworth 22/01/99, YFAN 12/02/99 and TGAAG 29/01/99).

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Billy commented about Solihull Cinema on Jan 9, 2017 at 11:44 pm

This cinema closed in about 1990.

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Billy commented about Queen's Cinema on Nov 29, 2016 at 1:43 am

This cinema closed in June 2014, and as of November 2016 remains empty and derelict.

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Billy commented about Odeon West End on Nov 21, 2016 at 5:19 pm

Alien Resurrection was released 28/11/1997, so this is from very late that year or very early the next.

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Billy commented about Odeon West End on Nov 21, 2016 at 5:18 pm

This is from early 1999 judging by the films, ‘Little Voice’ released 8/1/99 and ‘Stepmom’ 29/1/99.

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Billy commented about Regent Cinema on Aug 17, 2016 at 10:04 pm

Still (half) standing as of August 2016, still with the movie posters from the month of the fire (Kung Fu Panda 3 and Eddie the Eagle) visible in the foyer.

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Billy commented about Cineworld Cinema - Staples Corner on Jul 15, 2016 at 8:18 pm

Closing on 14th August 2016.

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Billy commented about Cineworld Cinema - Staples Corner on May 2, 2016 at 10:23 am

This cinema on several accounts has seriously suffered since the opening of Cineworld Wembley in October 2013, with dated facilities and extreme absence of customers – on my last few visits there in 2014-15 I’ve mostly had the entire screen to myself. On one occasion the film wasn’t started at all, another time it was randomly moved to another screen with no notification from staff, meaning the audience sat in a silent screen for several minutes only for another customer to inform them the film had actually started several minutes earlier in another screen.

Can’t see it lasting long although it does have free parking, and if quiet cinemas are your thing it’s worth checking out.

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Billy commented about Commodore Cinema on Apr 6, 2015 at 2:32 am

The website proudly states “All Tickets, Everyday all day £3.50” which is unbelieveably cheap for 2015.

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Billy commented about Empire Walthamstow on Apr 5, 2015 at 4:05 am

£3.95 tickets for most films on a Tuesday makes this easily one of the least expensive cinemas in the London area as of April 2015.

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Billy commented about Cineworld Cinema - West India Quay on Feb 25, 2015 at 3:00 am

There’s a phone box in Whitechapel which as of December 2014 continues to advertise the “new” UGC cinema, fourteen years after open and nine years after becoming a Cineworld. It even proudly displays the UGC Megapass, which eventually evolved into the Cineworld Unlimited card.