Coronet Cinema

268 Northfield Avenue,
London, W5 4UB

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Robert Gurd
Robert Gurd on January 7, 2017 at 10:03 am

I think you must be thinking of the former Empire Cinema, Ealing Broadway (ex-Forum, ABC, Virgin, UGC etc)which was demolished (apart from the facade) in 2009 to make way for a multiplex which was never built. Work has now started on the development site which is due to include an 8-screen Picturehouse complex albeit in a different location from the original cinema.

SethLewis on January 6, 2017 at 4:26 pm

This part of London is desperately underscreened… There was a rumor of a Virgin/UGC complex coming in before it went over to Cineworld…any updates?

Robert Gurd
Robert Gurd on January 6, 2017 at 1:08 pm

A beautiful building which thankfully still exists as a church albeit altered internally when converted to a nightclub in the 1980s. Does anyone know what happened to the three manual Compton organ which was apparently removed after a flood in the 1970s?

FanaticalAboutOdeon on May 14, 2013 at 12:01 pm

An unusual and lovely cinema. I saw several films there in the late ‘70s/early '80s and was always impressed by the standard of presentation. As well as the large screen, sharp picture and excellent sound, it was nice to see both footlights and batten still being used with the three, primary colours to produce some beautiful effects on the screen curtains and matching border. This and the State, Grays, were my favourite non-West End venues in which to enjoy films in the Greater London area.

Robbie25646 on February 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Way back in the early 1970’s I used to do the odd relief manager duties here I loved the place because of its wonderful d├ęcor and style. I was known then as Robin Brewer if anyone remembers me feel free to get in touch.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 23, 2010 at 4:29 am

A set of vintage photographs of the Avenue/Odeon:
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keiths on February 17, 2009 at 8:48 am

How wonderful to see Gary Painter’s pictures. I used to attend the Odeon almost on a weekly basis at one time, and it’s great to see what a marvellous job the Church has done/is doing with the interior.
I went to the nightclub on a couple of occasions when the local NHS trust rented it for their christmas party. During this time, it was also used as the venue for a film fair for two or three years, and 8mm and 16mm films were shown in the auditorium. I appreciate this wasn’t on the scale of the CTA screening, but it WAS an instance of the place being used for what it was designed for.

garypainter on June 13, 2007 at 4:35 am

A gallery of photos taken when I visited the building in 2006 can be found here:

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Jason Mullen
Jason Mullen on September 23, 2005 at 9:27 am

Surprisingly when watching a movie it was a very intimate cinema, Ken’s picture reminded me how as a child I was facinated by the changing colour of the fading lights in the Spanish windows before the film started. This was as close as I ever got to an atmospheric interior a real hidden gem.

RichardGibson on September 12, 2005 at 6:01 am

Many thanks to Ken for the excellent pictures both inside and out, looks like it was a really great cinema in its time. Having only lived in Ealing since 1998 I only remember this cinema as a church but since discovering this site last night took a picture of this cinema as it looked today, on my way into the office:

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Hope this is of interest.

Richard Gibson.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 11, 2005 at 1:06 am

More history and photographs of the Avenue/Odeon here:
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