Cineworld Cinema - Hammersmith

207 King Street,
London, W6 9JT

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Cineworld Hammersmith

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Located in the west London inner city district of Hammersmith. Designed by Associated British Cinemas(ABC) in-house architect William R. Glen, the Regal Cinema replaced two earlier cinemas on the site (Blue Hall 1 and 2-Annexe).

It is a handsome theatre inside with seating for 1,283 in the stalls and 974 in the circle. It was equipped with a Compton 2Manual/5Rank theatre organ that was opened by Gilbert Handley (The organ was not new, as it had previously been installed in the Granada Theatre, Hove). There was a stage and four large dressing rooms. The décor was simple, the main feature being a large galleon on the splay wall either side of the screen and, typically for Glen, concealed trough lighting. The Regal Cinema opened on 14th September 1936 with Clark Gable in “Wife vs Secretary” and Irene Dunne in “Magnificent Obsession” plus a stage show.

The Regal Cinema was renamed ABC in 1964 and closed for tripling in March 1975. Reopening took place 25th May with 662 seats in ABC 1 in the former circle, 414 seats and 213 seats in ABC’s 2 & 3 in the former stalls. Later ABC 1 was twinned to become Screens 1 & 2, while ABC’s 2 & 3 became Screens 3 & 4.

Running the usual gamut of names of former ABC house’s lately, the cinema eventually became the UGC and is now known as the Cineworld. It appears to be prosperous with usually five screenings of each film per day starting from around mid-day. In February 2016 it was announced that the Cineworld would close mid-April 2016 as the landlord had served notice to vacate the building due to the King Street regeneration project, and it will be demolished. Plans are for a 3-screen Curzon Cinema will take its place in the redevelopment. It closed 23rd April 2016 and was demolished in March 2017.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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eggplant_casserole
eggplant_casserole on April 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Apparently Cineworld will be closing this cinema in 2013.

d8rren
d8rren on November 22, 2013 at 4:11 am

still open november 2013 with some of the friendliest staff your ever meet in a cineworld

Billy
Billy on March 23, 2014 at 8:55 pm

And still open as of March 2014, as mentioned friendly staff but with an interior seemingly unaltered for at least about 20 years. A bit like stepping back in time.

SethLewis
SethLewis on November 9, 2014 at 6:50 am

Still going ‘strong’…some Polish programming in view of neighbourhood demographic as well as blockbusters

SethLewis
SethLewis on February 26, 2016 at 6:58 am

Sad to know that this being demolished…rarely go there now that we have 26 Vue screens in Shepherds Bush…still nothing then through Hammersmith and Chiswick (this latter could likely support an art house or 2)

Zappomatic
Zappomatic on March 8, 2016 at 3:19 pm

Closing down mid-April

GPM10
GPM10 on April 6, 2017 at 3:58 am

Sad to update that, less than 50 weeks after closure, this wonderful cinema has been demolished – the clearing site is massive, and reminds you just how big this place was. Of all of London’s cinemas, this was personally my most loved, and I estimate having seen a high three-figure sum of films here between 1992 and 2016 having lived in nearby Bayswater between 1995 and 2004 and continuing my journeys there after leaving the area. There has been zero work on the ‘replacement’ Curzon (planned for next door) and much uncertainty about the building of the Picturehouse Chiswick cinema (straight down the road in the old Rambert Dance Studio) so it seems that one cinemaless year on, the local residents will have little to service their filmgoing needs in the short to medium term at least. Ealing all over again, methinks.

Zappomatic
Zappomatic on April 6, 2017 at 7:58 am

Reading up on this, apparently MGM spent £1.5m refurbishing this cinema in the early 90s including restoring the exterior, removing the false ceiling from the foyer and practically rebuilding the auditoriums from the ground up. There was such an overspend that Ealing (demolished by Empire) didn’t get its proposed bar!

SethLewis
SethLewis on April 6, 2017 at 10:55 am

I’m not sure there will be a big rush for Curzon, Picturehouse or Everyman to come in with new screens in the old BBC complex in Shepherd’s Bush due…I agree that the Western corridor is underscreened in terms of quality films not in terms of blockbusters when you have 5-7 screens in the two Vues showing the same product

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