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.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

Recent comments (view all 19 comments)

RonFernee on March 6, 2009 at 8:51 am

I’ve lived in Chiswick since 1986, and I’ve witnessed the cinema close down for refurbishment and then reopen under a different name many times. But it would always get so dilapidated so quickly. It has never lost its “Hammersmith Flea Pit” tag. Learning that it’s owned by Tesco explains a lot! We need a decent cinema in this area. Shepherds Bush is too far and rather dodgey at night. If it had a proper, caring management and regular publicity (as well as more competitive pricing), I’m sure it would be a success. As Tina Turner might say, “We don’t need another Tesco”!

woody on December 11, 2009 at 3:35 pm

photos taken on the CTA visit in december 2009
the rear of the building showing its huge scale
lobby with its deco detailing
ceiling detail
lower stalls lobby
circle lobby
sc2 upstairs
the original proscenium area with grills and ship mouldings damaged but still there – and painted a horrific blue and yellow colour scheme – all now hidden behind the four auditoriums built within the shell of the original auditorium
fly tower and stage area
dressing room corridor

Ian on September 28, 2010 at 2:54 am

Compare the sc2 upstairs view with this 1988 circle shot! :–

Also a shot of the exterior around dusk from 1988 with the Cannon signage:–

eggplant_casserole on April 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Apparently Cineworld will be closing this cinema in 2013.

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 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 on November 9, 2014 at 6:50 am

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

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 on March 8, 2016 at 3:19 pm

Closing down mid-April

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