The team behind Chiswick’s long-awaited new cinema has announced that, subject to Government guidelines, they will open their doors on Friday 25 June 2021.
There will be priority booking for Founder Members and then Gold Members. Founder memberships, which offer perks such as invitations to screenings, previews and discounted tickets, were launched in 2018 and were all sold by the end of 2019. Gold and Classic memberships went on sale in December 2020 and are still available.
The various membership packages offer a certain number of free tickets and discounts. Founder Members are being invited to a series of ‘soft launch’ screenings and will then be able to exercise their right to priority booking. Chiswick Cinema also offers an Under 25s Membership which includes £5 tickets until 5.00pm, no online booking fee, 10% off food and beverage and £1 off selected drinks.
Image above: The Founder Members’ Terrace at the new Chiswick Cinema, featuring the green wall; photograph Jeremy Vine
Opening with crowd pleasers, including James Bond and Top Gun
When the cinema opens, film fans will be able to choose from three cinema screening rooms seating around 100 people each and two smaller screens, one of them for hire as a private screening room seating 15 people, with a private dining space adjacent.
The Chiswick Cinema tells us:
‘Highlights for the coming months include big screen blockbusters such as James Bond, Top Gun: Maverick, House of Gucci and West Side Story, alongside smaller independent offerings such as Riders of Justice, and The Reason I Jump.
‘Paramount to The Chiswick Cinema’s programming will be event cinema with live broadcasts from The Met Opera, Bolshoi Ballet, music events and the National Theatre’.
Image above: Close up of the green wall; photograph Jeremy Vine
One of the features of the cinema is its ‘green wall’, recently installed. At over 100 metres squared and using over 5000 plants, the Living wall, which enhances the Founders Members’ Terrace, has already become a feature of Chiswick High Rd. The organisers say the biodiverse habitat is already attracting local wildlife.
Two and a half years in the making
The cinema has been two and a half years in the making. Work on the site of the old Ballet Rambert studios at 94-96 Chiswick High Rd started at the end of 2018. Construction was held up first of all by squatters and then by the pandemic.
Lyn Goleby, the woman behind the project is formerly of Picturehouse cinemas and has years of experience in the cinema industry. During the second lockdown in 2020 she told The Chiswick Calendar that small, independent cinemas were particularly affected by the need to enforce social distancing.
“It’s probably a good thing that we won’t be ready to open until next year” Lyn Goleby told us then. “Every cloud has a silver lining and this is ours. With all that’s going on in the cinema industry at the moment we would probably be mothballing it if it were ready to open now.
“There will be a really good film schedule for next year” she added, “with all the films that have been put back as well as all those that were scheduled for release next year”.
The programme will include a carefully cultivated selection of modern blockbusters, independent films, event cinema and special events.
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