Comments from Billy

Showing 1 - 25 of 33 comments

Billy commented about Closing night, exterior on Mar 10, 2017 at 7:56 pm

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.

Billy commented about Cineworld Cinema - Chelsea on Mar 10, 2017 at 8:20 am

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

Billy commented about Cineworld Cinema - Chelsea on Mar 2, 2017 at 5:47 pm

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.

Billy commented about Cineworld Cinema - Wembley on Mar 2, 2017 at 5:14 pm

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.

Billy commented about Cineworld Cinema - Wandsworth on Feb 22, 2017 at 3:25 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!

Billy commented about MGM Oxford Street on Feb 14, 2017 at 9:32 am

Zavvi closed in early 2009 at this location.

Billy commented about Empire Cinemas London Haymarket on Jan 11, 2017 at 6:02 pm

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

Billy commented about Empire Cinemas London Haymarket on Jan 11, 2017 at 5:59 pm

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

Billy commented about Solihull Cinema on Jan 9, 2017 at 3:44 pm

This cinema closed in about 1990.

Billy commented about Queen's Cinema on Nov 28, 2016 at 5:43 pm

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

Billy commented about Odeon West End on Nov 21, 2016 at 9:19 am

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

Billy commented about Odeon West End on Nov 21, 2016 at 9:18 am

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

Billy commented about Regent Cinema on Aug 17, 2016 at 2:04 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.

Billy commented about Cineworld Cinema - Staples Corner on Jul 15, 2016 at 12:18 pm

Closing on 14th August 2016.

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

Billy commented about Commodore Cinema on Apr 5, 2015 at 6:32 pm

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

Billy commented about Empire Walthamstow on Apr 4, 2015 at 8:05 pm

£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.

Billy commented about Cineworld Cinema - West India Quay on Feb 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm

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.

Billy commented about Empire Cinemas on Feb 24, 2015 at 6:53 pm

As perhaps imagined due to the huge amount of former owners, the inside styling is a mishmash of 1990s and 2000s design from its various former incarnations.

The top floor (screens 6 to 9) in particular appears to have been completely untouched since around the turn of the millennium, to the point where as of February 2015 it continues to advertise the long, long closed Virgin Megastore on the ground floor – a brand defunct since 2007!

Billy commented about Cineworld Cinema - Wembley on Jan 21, 2015 at 12:34 pm

The black area with the Cineworld logo on the left was converted into a large window looking into the foyer in January 2015.

Billy commented about Odeon Sheffield on Jan 2, 2015 at 5:51 am

This cinema was the last place I saw a 35mm screening to date, ‘One Day’ in August 2011 in one of the smaller screens. It was the last Odeon in the country to be fully converted to digital in November that year.

Billy commented about Reel Cinema on Dec 14, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Still as of 2014 displaying obsolete ABC logos around the entrance, many years after said cinema chain went defunct!

Billy commented about Victoria Station Cartoon Cinema on Nov 23, 2014 at 9:25 am

Apparently this was the last cartoon cinema left in the UK when it closed with ‘The Hound that Thought He was a Raccoon’ on August 27th, 1981. I’d been told by my father about them but I never knew how long they lasted.

Billy commented about Picturehouse Central on Oct 24, 2014 at 8:35 am

Although accessing a screen often involved going up a frustratingly large number of escalators, it’s a still a shame it closed. It had formed a good partnership with the Cineworld Haymarket down the road in that Shaftesbury Avenue would normally show the big, populist blockbusters and Haymarket the smaller art-house films, although sometimes one would be in the other – the last film I saw here was ‘The Congress’ a few weeks before it closed. The disinterest of some of the staff was apparent who probably already knew they were losing their jobs, but I did like the random appearance of a Dalek by one of the escalators, constructed by a staff member for the 2013 50th anniversary episode and left there ever since. Wonder where that is now.

Poor Haymarket now has a challenge in what films it can fit into its three screens. The Fulham Road/Chelsea cinemas have a similar sharing of content between them (situated minutes walk away from each other) but the distribution seems a bit more random there, both big and smaller releases shared between both cinemas.

Billy commented about Cineworld Cinema - Hammersmith on Mar 23, 2014 at 8:55 pm

And still open as of March 2014, as mentioned friendly staff but with an interior seemingly unaltered for at least about 20 years. A bit like stepping back in time.