Cineworld Haymarket

63-65 Haymarket,
London, SW1Y 4RQ

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Billy on May 2, 2016 at 5:18 am

This cinema seriously suffered when the nearby Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue closed in September 2014. This used to be an excellent location for less-mainstream films with Shaftesbury Avenue sticking to the Hollywood hits, but with SA’s closure and conversion into a Picturehouse it now shows an erratic mixture of everything, as the comments above confirm.

And there’s rats. Lots of them. The occasional screaming of a customer as one nips across the floor and brushes a leg is fairly commonplace, at least it was on my last visit there in early 2015. Fairly unacceptable in today’s age but I imagine there’s little the staff can do.

zappomatic on December 17, 2015 at 9:08 pm

Programming has taken a real turn for the worse lately, mostly consisting of relatively mainstream yet second-rate films that seem to run for weeks on end, with the odd Bollywood film thrown in. Curious as to what their strategy is.

zappomatic on June 18, 2015 at 8:07 am

Seems to have abandoned its typical programming of the less mainstream films and is showing pure Hollywood stuff now, and seemingly doing quite well out of it. But structually this place is just limping along… the ceiling on the way down to screen two is still water damaged and crumbling, and rather than replace the foam that’s come away from certain armrests they’ve just put black tape over the wood!

Might we see some kind of refurb or rebranding announced shortly after Picturehouse Central opens?

cultman1 on February 17, 2015 at 8:44 am

Does anyone have any photos of the screen when the Carlton was a single screen in the 50’s-70’s ? Thanks

cultman1 on February 17, 2015 at 7:53 am

no sign of any work being done to convert the Cine world chelsea..

zappomatic on September 1, 2013 at 6:59 am

Ah yes found the article now, thanks. Since I’ve started working on the King’s Road I’ve started to frequent that cinema, and it’s not a bad little place.

d8rren on August 29, 2013 at 9:57 am

Evening Standard about 6 months ago the Kings Road Cineworld is to be Knocked down & replaced with shops, Apartments & a 4 screen Everyman Cinema..

zappomatic on August 29, 2013 at 9:22 am

Where’s the news about Chelsea from?

d8rren on August 28, 2013 at 8:31 pm

looks like only a few more years remain as it is with, The Screening Rooms scheduled for 2017..which will turn this into a £20 plus ticket cinema with no unlimited card..

d8rren on August 28, 2013 at 7:52 pm

TSR 5 could mean, the screening rooms… which is a upmarket cineworld brand so with Cineworld Chelsea being knocked down & Haymarket turning into the screening room..the west end unlimited card won’t be worth a rub..great

zappomatic on August 19, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Cineworld annual report has a section on new openings, and says “Haymarket TSR (5)”. Presumably this means total refurbishment and turning 3 screens into 5. I wonder how they will do this? Hoping they don’t dare carve up screen 1! The site does need some serious TLC though.

zappomatic on November 30, 2011 at 6:10 pm

At long last the missing plaster in screen 1 has been replaced, but not yet painted to match.

zappomatic on September 19, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Photos taken by English Heritage in 2001 including the former circle bar, now used as storage. Lots of water damage which seems to be recurring.

zappomatic on September 4, 2011 at 11:56 am

Tweeted today about it being a shame that a big chunk of the plasterwork has recently fallen down at the back of screen 1 and the cinema needing TLC or a refurb and Cineworld Haymarket tweeted back: “We very much agree! We’re working on getting building improvements underway soon…”

Wonder what that’ll bring? Just structural fixes or something more?

rdpenny on April 19, 2011 at 8:21 am

Screen 3 went digital in of last year.
Screen 1 likely has a damp smell due to a leak that was never fully fixed which can sometimes drip heavily when it rains.

TLSLOEWS on April 18, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Thanks for the photos zapomatic.

zappomatic on April 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Photos of the theatre before tripling: View link

zappomatic on March 2, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Bit of a damp smell in screen 1 tonight, and very cold. Hope it’s nothing major!

zappomatic on February 20, 2011 at 6:08 am

When did screen 3 go digital? Saw Biutful in there a couple of weeks ago and aside from an unfortunately noticeable keystone effect the picture was incredibly bright, sharp and vivid and the sound clean and punchy – a world of difference from its oddly angled neighbour screen 2. Can still feel the Tube running underneath though!

rdpenny on November 23, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Here is a couple of pictures from the 80’s I believe of this lovely triplex cinema View link (should work for non facebook members too and the last picture is the Virgin plan of the cinema)
Here’s some more pictures: View link

It’s a shame Brief Encounter left and they decided not to continue with theatre production like they were thinking about, but of course the recession started…just bad timing I guess.
Oh, black and white films downstairs were never going to happen by the way, but the normal art housey type of films the cinema played back then.

Spartacus was wonderful (but not a big fan of it) and the intrude was way longer than it should have been as it was repeated…but it was nice to see the film on the big screen.

HowardBHaas on May 21, 2009 at 3:50 am

Upstairs in the large auditorium this past week, the movie “Synecdoche, New York”

A sign at the theater states there will be presentations in “digital” of “Spartacus” I’m curious as to whether that classic has been put into 2 k or 4 k (the digital that some new movies are presented in, though neither would likely equal 70mm) or DVD or blue-ray (neither of which would equal 35mm)?

AdoraKiaOra on July 24, 2008 at 8:03 am

A few weeks ago they announced Brief Encounter' would extend until mid-October. I can now tell you that in the next 2 or 3 weeks a further announcement will be made stating that it will now run until Feb 22nd 2009….at least!
To back up what Jason has just said above , I can not recommend this show enough! It is simply stunning and I saw it for the 3rd time last Sunday afternoon.
What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The tickets are only £39.50 top price- most plays in the West End are topping at £55-60. Bargain!