Curzon Chelsea Cinema

206 King's Road,
London, SW3 5XP

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CF100 on July 2, 2018 at 8:00 pm

The main planning applications relating to the redevelopment are:

PP/15/04338 – “Partial demolition and redevelopment of 196-222 King’s Road with a two storey basement excavation, to provide cinema floor space at basement and ground floor level; (etc…)”.

PP/16/04793 – “New plans reflecting proposed changes including the demolition and rebuild of Friese Green House, alterations to the King’s Road elevation, additional basement excavation and provision of additional photovoltaic panels”.

Of particular note here is the document titled “KING’S ROAD HISTORIC BUILDING REPORT JUNE 2015” in the 2015 application, which provides a (somewhat “potted”) history of the site. The original 1930s cinema plans—very beautifully drawn—are included on PDF pp28-34. Alas, the text on these is not quite resolved in this file, being throughly obliterated by aggressive JPEG compression.

Plans for the proposed cinema can be seen in the 2016 application at (basement) levels B2 (Auditoria 2 and 3 – “indicative layout” only) and B1 (Auditorium 1), the larger Auditorum 1 being situated above the two smaller auditoria, as is clearly shown in “PROPOSED SECTION AA.”

The architectural practice responsible for these plans is Paul Davis + Partners.

A scale is conveniently provided, and based on this, I estimate Auditorium 1 to be ~27m deep by ~21m wide, or almost 90ft.x70ft., equating to slightly under 6000sq.ft. in area.

The proposed main auditorium is therefore quite generously proportioned, being about the same size as the “existing” auditorium, if its sidewalls were moved in to form a rectangular auditorium. (The “existing” fanned out to about 105ft. wide at the rear.)

HowardBHaas: Estimating from the demolition plans (2016 application, but they’re probably identical in the 2015 application) — the screen width was probably 40-45ft.

More pure nuggets of tedium may be extracted and summarised here if/when I review more of the planning documents!

Ian on April 1, 2018 at 10:23 am

Some photos taken on the final afternoon – Saturday 31st March 2018 – before and after the final film “Stalker” (there was a live Met Opera screening in the evening).






SethLewis on March 31, 2018 at 6:38 pm

Great atmosphere last night…free drinks and £5 show of Blow-Up This will be missed

SethLewis on March 27, 2018 at 9:45 pm

Special £5 shows of Blow Up and Stalker Friday and Saturday to celebrate if possible the end of the Chelsea as we know it…Have tickets for Friday night

Sad news I used to live around the corner and saw some great ones here – Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Jamie Eliott, a lot of Woody Allen, Jean de Florette, Short Cuts

Still a difficult neighborhood in which not to have disabled access – the place needed some work! Long live!

thomastace on March 27, 2018 at 3:05 pm

This cinema is closing on March 31st. It will reopen as a 3 screen cinema in 2022 with approx 600 seats across the screens. From the plans it looks like the front of the building is being saved but with all being being rebuilt. Very sad news but with a hint of optimism.

HowardBHaas on February 23, 2017 at 8:18 pm

Anyone know how large the screen actually is here? I’ve only visited 2ce, both “flat” movies. There’s photos here of the screen set to flat. Maybe at a “scope” movie, someone can photo?

Zappomatic on February 23, 2017 at 7:40 pm

Noticed the cinema is advertising itself as “London’s biggest screen outside the West End”. Not sure by what metric though as it’s eclipsed in both screen size and seating capacity by Cineworld at the O2. Biggest screen in Central London outside the Wet End? Biggest Curzon screen outside the West End?

HowardBHaas on January 4, 2016 at 6:35 pm

this article may be the recent plans, for a triplex including a new 400 seat main auditorium-

cultman1 on January 3, 2016 at 8:12 pm

Not necessarily saved… Parisite Property Developers have been given permission to demolish the building and put up flats etc in its place with a proviso for anunderground cinema of sorts. Cadogan Estates successfully appealed and once again big business has been allowed to overrule what little is left of our Kings Road heritage.

Robbie25646 on November 1, 2014 at 11:33 am

I am so pleased that this cinema has been saved. I was assistant manager here way back in the mid nineteen-seventies and loved the place. I was known then as Robin Brewer.

SethLewis on November 1, 2014 at 10:20 am

Saved by a great community effort

As Philip Knatchbull of Curzon put it…if you take it away you will not get it back

Max(ine) the Movie Person
Max(ine) the Movie Person on October 14, 2014 at 9:09 pm

This cinema is at risk of being closed down on 21st October.

glyn_lewis on November 11, 2012 at 9:59 pm

The opening ceremony in 1934 was performed by Cary Grant.

woody on February 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm

fab shot on a sunny day in january 2010 just as an immaculate 1960’s riley one point five zoomed past
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jeremyb on May 26, 2009 at 1:52 pm

The Compton organ has been installed in the theatre part of Watford Town Hall, Hertforshire (known as “The Colosseum”) for many years.It was restored to playable condition in 2008, but sees little regular use.

SethLewis on January 13, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Just realized that I posted on this cinema two years ago…my feelings remain the same…now being booked with the Curzons…they are not shy about booking a big box office picture ie a Bond as they are about the right art house product…do wish they were just a bit more fun!

kevinp on September 6, 2008 at 8:34 pm

here’s a fabulous bunch of pictures

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AdoraKiaOra on February 17, 2008 at 9:27 pm

I love the way they have kept the same logo here for must be nearly 25 years now!

AdoraKiaOra on May 3, 2007 at 2:11 pm

Great place to see a movie with a great appreciative audience. Made many visits here in the 80s

benrayner on March 4, 2006 at 7:14 pm

a lovely large single-screen gem indeed, but very bland decor and what happened to the curtains ( mostly lost in multiplexes alas) and the gentle music while we wait? Banned because of the high art content? The NFT seems to do nicely without the awful popcorn and still have music. It would be nice to see some revival Big Screen programming mixed in with the Art.

SethLewis on January 14, 2006 at 9:16 am

Almost a gold standard of a single screen cinema, I used to live around the corner from here. All that’s missing is popcorn which Artificial Eye doesn’t seem to think would fit with the art crowd. Would also love to see some more flexible programming here ie some weekend revival series. Have seen a fair amount of pictures here in 15 years in London including Short Cuts, Billy Elliott, Celebrity, Crouching Tiger Flying Dragon, Sweet and Lowdown, Love and Death on Long Island

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 2, 2006 at 11:47 pm

Here is a 1968 photograph of the by then named Odeon, still a single screen with 2,502 seats, showing the Russian version of “War and Peace”:
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HowardBHaas on January 2, 2006 at 11:23 pm

Here’s a photo of the marquee that I took in May 2005, and prior photo is that of the store.