Cineworld Cinema - Hammersmith

207 King Street,
London, W6 9JT

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GPM10 on March 11, 2019 at 3:11 am

Visited the site a number of weeks ago, sadly unlike the much more recently demolished Cineworld Chelsea the only ‘progress’ seemed to be a wraparound placed on the exterior (presumably by the local council) showing an artist’s impression of the proposed replacement cinema. This will be though a much larger job : there will be a very substantial retail and residential element to the rebuild, though local agitation at the loss of a very popular facility has seen the council announce that the rebuild of the cinema will be a priority. Nearby, up the road in Chiswick, plans to convert the old Rambert Dance Studios to a five-screen cinema have been revived and construction is understood to be in hand, with a possible opening before the end of 2019. It seems that Picturehouse Cinemas are no longer attached, though, and the cinema will be a stand-alone independent.

Zappomatic on January 26, 2018 at 3:14 pm

And some more

Zappomatic on January 26, 2018 at 3:06 pm

Footage from the MGM Hammersmith in 1995

GPM10 on January 22, 2018 at 3:59 pm

Update on this site : tragically, no sooner was this magnificent cinema demolished than the plans to re-develop the area fell through spectacularly. The local council though are going through the planning process again to gain permission for housing and a new four-screen cinema which, unlike the original plans, will be built on the site of the old cinema. Given vocal unhappiness from the near-residents, the new cinema could be built as early as this summer (2018) – but I wouldn’t hold my breath. The Picture House Chiswick plans for the site straight up the road from here have apparently been permanently shelved, adding to the paucity of viewing options in the Chiswick/Hammersmith direction.

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

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!

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 on March 8, 2016 at 3:19 pm

Closing down mid-April

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)

SethLewis on November 9, 2014 at 6:50 am

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

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.

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

eggplant_casserole on April 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Apparently Cineworld will be closing this cinema in 2013.

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:–

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

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 February 11, 2009 at 3:33 am

there was also talk in 2007 of a 4 screen cinema being built on King St as a replacement for the Cineworld
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SethLewis on February 10, 2009 at 10:48 am

There has been a talk of a Tesco supermarket in this location for quite some time. It’s a perfectly serviceable fourplex where over the past few years I’ve seen The Fog of War, Scary Movie 3, The Loony Toons Movie, Bad Santa, Mystic River and probably a couple more while I was recovering from surgery.

For anyone resident in the Chiswick corridor this is the closest option besides Richmond, for those of us now closer to Shepherds Bush we have the 12 screen Vue with some brave programming and coming soon a 12 screen National Amusements Cinema delux in the Westfield Mall…So the end may finally be near for this one

Ian on February 9, 2009 at 11:47 pm

No that is the same cinema.

woody on July 14, 2008 at 5:36 am

six months later the canopy still has a wonky letter P
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Ian on January 31, 2007 at 8:06 am

Here is a photo of the principal screen – former circle – taken in 1988:–

JackCoursey on August 4, 2006 at 3:19 am

CORRECTION: The photos mentioned above are of the Cineworld Fulham, not the Hammersmith or the Apollo. My apologies for the mishap. I am new to the old world and am just getting my stride here.

JackCoursey on July 27, 2006 at 9:40 am

Here are a few photos of the Apollo Theater from July 2006. Although all of the trappings of the original auditorium have been scrapped, you can still some of the balcony molding in cinemas four and five. Cinema six is built on what I believe was the former backstage area. Both the theatre exterior and lobby are beautiful and the staff is very courteous.

porterfaulkner on July 26, 2005 at 1:56 pm

Who needs another crap Tesco Supermarket when there is already one 5 minutes walk away from this site. What Hammersmith needs is a High Street with some character. Some reason to go downtown in an evening, not an area where everything closes at 7pm, a run down cinema, decrepit live theatre and restaurants run by low-rent chains.No wonder everyone goes elsewhere. We need a decent cinema here, we already have two concert venues of major size that are open occasionally!