Cineworld Cinema - Chelsea

279 Kings Road,
London, SW3 5EW

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GPM10
GPM10 on April 6, 2017 at 3:45 am

Thanks Billy, for the great final gallery. Sad to see it go (forgot how good the two main screens were) and it has the distinction for me of being one of only two places in London where I actually watched a firm in an otherwise empty cinema – a Screen 4 showing of “Daddy’s Dyin, Whose Got The Will” starring Dolly Parton, many years ago.

cultman1
cultman1 on March 13, 2017 at 4:07 am

end of an era. How long till it gets pulled down and rebuilt as The Everyman?

Billy
Billy on March 10, 2017 at 8:20 am

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.

Zappomatic
Zappomatic on March 9, 2017 at 3:11 pm

So it’s finally closed, with little fanfare. No message on the readograph, just a backlit poster outside and one or two inside plus film time screens occasionally showed a “That’s all folks” slide.

All food and drink was 25% off with no fountain drinks available at the lower kiosk and no hot dogs at the upper kiosk (I bought a popcorn combo so had to take my receipt upstairs – Coke Zero had run out so I settled on a Diet Coke which turned out to be almost flat).

One slide before the film advising the cinema was closing today and inviting customers to use Fulham Road or Leicester Square – perhaps rather telling that there was no mention of Haymarket? Once that goes then that’s all elements of ex-Classic cinemas gone from the Cineworld gene pool.

A few customers chatting to staff about what happens to them (employment at other sites) and thanking them.

Zappomatic
Zappomatic on March 9, 2017 at 4:17 am

An interesting account by someone whose mother worked there when she was a child: https://creamcracker.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/the-last-picturehouse/

It’s a shame no pictures seem to exist of the interior of this cinema over the years, as I’d love to see what the bar looked like. Wonder which operator took it out? In my mind I’m picturing the foyers as a sea of brown and orange, for some reason!

Billy
Billy on March 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.

cultman1
cultman1 on February 23, 2017 at 7:33 am

agreed Zappomatic. And we have the Curzon Chelsea closing soon for yet more flats etc The greedy property developers are out of control

Zappomatic
Zappomatic on February 23, 2017 at 7:30 am

I believe that’s the plan. I’m going to miss this cinema; the two larger screens upstairs are actually pretty decent and it’s been well maintained, and staff are friendly. However I won’t miss the uncomfortable, narrow seats with hard armrests (which nearby Cineworld Fulham Road is also afflicted with) and the screen in the basement is comically small for the size of the auditorium.

With Ealing long since demolished, Hammersmith gone, Chelsea closing and Haymarket transferring to Empire (although this seems to have gone very quiet), this could leave only Fulham Road as the last of the slightly oddball rump of non-purpose built multiplexes Virgin kept when they bought MGM. Kind of a shame as they have their own quirky 90s style.

cultman1
cultman1 on February 23, 2017 at 7:28 am

I assume Cineworld Chelsea is still closing in a couple of weeks time?

cultman1
cultman1 on January 21, 2017 at 7:26 am

GPM10 is this therefore going to be demolished and become bijou flats with Everyman Cinema taking over?

GPM10
GPM10 on January 21, 2017 at 12:15 am

Just been notified that this cinema will close permanently on 9 March 2017.

CF100
CF100 on August 5, 2016 at 4:50 am

Planning permission has been granted on appeal.

Three auditoria are proposed for the first floor, 75 seats, 100 seats, and a small cinema for private use. Everyman is cited as the proposed operator.

cultman1
cultman1 on January 3, 2016 at 12:07 pm

once existing cinema is demolished I assume the developers will include a cinema of sorts in its place? Everyman were considering taking it over?

Zappomatic
Zappomatic on January 3, 2016 at 11:54 am

Appeal has been allowed and the owner of the site has permission to demolish the building. I wonder when this cinema will close?

Zappomatic
Zappomatic on October 25, 2015 at 3:16 pm

An appeal against the decision is currently in progress.

Zappomatic
Zappomatic on March 2, 2015 at 9:15 am

The latest planning application was refused (on 5 February). Case reference PP/14/07843. I’m pleased!

cultman1
cultman1 on February 17, 2015 at 5:16 am

Has there been any further update on this for an Everyman?

Zappomatic
Zappomatic on June 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.

Billy
Billy on March 23, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Interesting to hear – when I went just last month it was still very much stuck in the Virgin/UGC days of the late 1990s.

Zappomatic
Zappomatic on March 8, 2014 at 8:06 am

Currently receiving a full re-paint inside.

Billy
Billy on February 10, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Still open as of February 2014 and seemingly no sign of closure.

jeremyb
jeremyb on December 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Evening Standard reports (December 12 2012) that the cinema is to be demolished and replaced by a new 4-screen Everyman cinema, opening in 2015. So one of London’s oldest cinema buildings is to go..

woody
woody on February 15, 2011 at 7:19 am

press ad from march 1971 as the essoldo chelsea playing warhols flesh
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/5448307056/

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 3, 2006 at 11:15 am

Photographed in 2002 operating as the UGC Chelsea:
http://www.moviebunker.com/ugc_chelsea.htm

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 13, 2006 at 11:37 pm

A recent (August 2006) photograph of the Cineworld Chelsea:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/zonca/214889424/