103-111 Notting Hill Gate,
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Located in the west London inner-city district of Notting Hill. Opened as the Coronet Theatre (a playhouse) in 1898 with 1,143 seats located in stalls, balcony and gallery. It went over to screening films full time in 1923. In 1931 it was taken over by Gaumont British Theatres/Provincial Cinematograph Theatres(PCT) and re-opened on 17th August 1931 with 1,010 seats.
It was re-named Gaumont Theatre in 1950 and continued through to 1977 playing the Gaumont and Rank releases. It was taken over by the independent operator Panton Films from 27th February 1977 and re-named Coronet Cinema, with a reduced seating capacity of 399, using the stalls and balcony seating areas only.
Today, the main original auditorium is virtually intact, however a second screen with 151 seats was erected on the stage in 2002. The main original auditorium now has a seating capacity of 380, with 220 in the stalls and 160 in the balcony(the gallery is unused). In May 2004 it was purchased by a church, but it remains open as a cinema.
The church sold the building in May 2014, and it was due to close on Thursday 29th May 2014 with “X-Men:Days of Futures Past” showing in the main original auditorium and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “American Hustle” showing in screen 2 on the former stage. However, this cinema remained open for two more weeks, and closed on Thursday 12th June 2014. It is the last cinema in London to operate 35mm projectors.
The Coronet Cinema was sold to the Print Room Theatre who had outgrown their Westbourne Grove home. Plans are to renovate and restore the building to the plans of local architecture firm Studio Indigo. The original auditorium was reopen as a cinema, but will also be used as a live theatre. The screen 2 on the former stage will be converted into a small live theatre space. It is a Grade II Listed building.
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