Gate Picturehouse

87 Notting Hill Gate,
London, W11 3JZ

Unfavorite 9 people favorited this theater

Help us make this street view more accurate

Please adjust the view until the theater is clearly visible. more info

Gate Picturehouse

Viewing: Photo | Street View

Located in the west London inner city district of Notting Hill. The building dates from 1861, when the ground floor room (the current cinema) was known as the North End and Harvey Dining Room. In 1879, the building became the Golden Bells Hotel, and the ground floor room became the Golden Bells Coffee Palace and Restaurant. The hotel upstairs operated as a brothel.

The ground floor room was converted into a cinema by architect William Hancock, opening in April 1911 as the 450-seat Electric Palace. It has a lot of Edwardian plaster-work on the ceiling and walls and is very comfortable, with all seating on a single floor. The exterior and tiny foyer is now of little merit having been rebuilt in the 1950’s after the original decorative facade and entrance was badly damaged by bombing during World War II.

By 1934 it was the Embassy News and Interest Theatre, when seating had been reduced to 314. By 1944, it had been taken over by the Capitol & Provincial News Theatres Ltd. (a forunner of the Classic Cinemas chain) and re-named Embassy Cinema. They re-named it Classic Cinema in 1957. The Classic Cinema was a popular revival house, screening many classic Hollywood films for many years until September 1974 when the Classic chain ceased to exist. It then became the Gate Cinema, operated by an independent operator Cinegate. It was closed in 1985, but re-opened in 1986.

The Gate Cinema survives today as a popular art house cinema and is now operated by the Picturehouse Cinemas chain.

In 1994, the Gate Cinema was designated a Grade II Listed building by English Heritage.

Contributed by Ian Grundy, Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 22 comments)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 19, 2005 at 9:21 pm

The beautiful Baroque style auditorium of the Edwardian era Gate Picturehouse:
View link

rroberts
rroberts on April 3, 2006 at 12:02 pm

Are there plans to keep it open for any other purpose other than for cinema?

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on April 21, 2007 at 2:53 pm

Visiting London, last Friday eve, I enjoyed “Lives with Others” with live Q & A with the German director. The sold out audience was thrilled with his interesting, entertaining answers.
Here’s a photo I took of the beautiful auditorium:
View link

willis
willis on January 4, 2009 at 5:10 pm

That photo reminds me of Le Ranelagh in Paris. Is there any relationship?

jay1607
jay1607 on December 8, 2009 at 10:28 pm

It’s great to see this wonderful old cinema being talked about.
As The Gate’s ex (and last!) chief projectionist, I know the building inside out. I have lost sleep, blood, sweat and tears in that place but wouldnt change my time there for anything!

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 19, 2010 at 9:54 pm

You could not tell from the redone outside that this nice theatre was inside.Very cool looking.

woody
woody on June 15, 2010 at 10:14 am

press ad from dec 1979 for late shows at The Gate (and the Gate Two – now the Curzon Renoir)
View link

Gate_Cinema
Gate_Cinema on January 2, 2012 at 11:15 am

Hi, we’re looking to do some work to celebrate the Gate’s 101st this year. Any old photos/listings/clippings or stories would be much appreciated!

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater