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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Chelsea on Jun 1, 2014 at 10:18 am

The planning application for the new development has been refused and appealed so this cinema will be with us for a while yet.

The repaint is just that – a repaint! Still with all the Virgin/UGC style signage and colours, and Cineworld purple carpet.

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Chelsea on Mar 8, 2014 at 8:06 am

Currently receiving a full re-paint inside.

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue at the Trocadero on Nov 19, 2013 at 6:08 am

This gives a good idea of the plans: http://idoxpa.westminster.gov.uk/online-applications/files/93DA31A65D443CD6C7055EFA366DBBFB/pdf/13_09849_FULL-TROCADERO_DESIGN_ACCESS_AND_HERITAGE_STATEMENT-3180371.pdf

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue at the Trocadero on Nov 19, 2013 at 5:46 am

A planning application has been made to turn this into a Picturehouse cinema complete with new ground floor entrance, cafebar etc.

From Westminster council’s website:

13/09849/FULL | Use of part ground, first, second, third, and fourth floors as a mixed use cinema, cafe, and members' bar Sui Generis. Erection of new roof terrace at fourth floor for use as members' bar which is enclosed by new railings and accessed by a new stair core on Coventry Street elevation. Erection of three canopies over proposed fourth floor terrace. Installation of replacement windows at third and fourth floor levels on Coventry Street and Great Windmill Street elevations. Installation of replacement ground floor shopfront to colonnade on Great Windmill Street. Installation of two pairs of gates in existing ground floor railings on Great Windmill Street elevation. Erection of three awning at front ground floor level on Great Windmill Street elevation. Installation of two dormer windows in roofslope at fourth floor level on Coventry Street elevation. Installation of new plant at fourth floor and roof level. Internal alterations. | 7-14 Coventry Street London W1D 6DG

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Haymarket on Sep 1, 2013 at 3:59 am

Ah yes found the article now, thanks. Since I’ve started working on the King’s Road I’ve started to frequent that cinema, and it’s not a bad little place.

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Haymarket on Aug 29, 2013 at 6:22 am

Where’s the news about Chelsea from?

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Haymarket on Aug 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.

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue at the Trocadero on Dec 17, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Recently had new foyer carpet and all circulation areas repainted.

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zappomatic commented about Empire Cinema on Feb 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Is this cinema feeling the pinch? Now advertising all tickets for all screens at £9.95 all day, every day. Seems an odd tactic for what should be a premier venue and must make it the cheapest first-run cinema in the West End

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Haymarket on Nov 30, 2011 at 3:10 pm

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

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Haymarket on Sep 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

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Haymarket on Sep 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?

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue at the Trocadero on Aug 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm

According to a planning application for the redevelopment of part of the Trocadero complex into a hotel, seating capacities are:

Screen 1 – 205
Screen 2 – 505 Screen 3 – 155 Screen 4 – 84 Screen 5 – 83 Screen 6 – 97 Screen 7 – 164

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue at the Trocadero on Aug 9, 2011 at 4:16 pm

The smaller screens on the top floor have finally gone digital. Rather glad of that as the quality of projection in some of those screens was often laughably bad! Also seems to have gained the benefit of music before films instead of a hissing noise.

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue at the Trocadero on Apr 27, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Sorry, missed the link! View link

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue at the Trocadero on Apr 26, 2011 at 2:29 pm

In the top right of this pic you can see the entrance to this cinema in its guise as MGMM in 1994.

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Haymarket on Apr 18, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Photos of the theatre before tripling: View link

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue at the Trocadero on Mar 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Very grainy shot of screen 1: View link
Close up of seats in screen 6: View link

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Haymarket on Mar 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm

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

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zappomatic commented about Cineworld Haymarket on Feb 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!