Welcome to CinemaTour!  Sign In

CinemaTour
 
Cinema History Around the World  
 HOME ·· CINEMAS ·· LINKS ·· BOOKS
 Contact Cinematour ·· Help & Hints ·· About Cinematour
 

Electric Theatre


2003 Photo from the Ken Roe collection
191 Portobello Rd
Notting Hill (London) UK

Visit Website
Record #5566  
 Opened: 1910
Capacity: 98 seats
Architect(s): Gerald Seymour Valentin
Architectural Style(s): Edwardian Baroque
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Imperial Playhouse

Information for this tour was contributed by Ken Roe.

Opened on 24th February 1910 this was an early purpose built cinema and rare survivor today as it still operates showing movies in a beautifully restored single screen operation. Current seating is for 98 in well spaced luxurious leather armchairs.

However it wasn't always like it is today. It opened as the Electric Cinema Theatre and became the Imperial Playhouse cinema in 1932, an independent local cinema to the rather run down Portobello Road market area of Notting Hill, North Kensington. In the late 1960's it became the Electric Cinema Club, screening Avant Garde movies and had become a total flea pit, still retaining the emergency gas lighting. After several closures and openings it now caters to a more discerning moviegoer who is willing to pay a little more than usual to see current movies in luxury.

One claim to fame is that local resident and mass murderer John Christie of nearby 10 Rillington Place once worked here as a projectionist in the late 1940's.

 Photos
 Photos remain the property of the Member and may not be reproduced without the written consent of the Member.

May 2004 photos from the Ken Roe collection.


49 KB


---
---

Return to the top of this page   or   Return to the main page


Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 7/3/2004.

 
Fandango
Buy movie tickets, look up showtimes, watch trailers and more!

The content of this website is a research work in progress and is being provided to the public for informational purposes only. As such, articles may contain errors, bias, duplication, or need to be cleaned up. Some documents, images and logos contained in these documents belong to various organizations and corporations. Their inclusion here is for the benefit of the reader and for the benefit of the particular organization, but they are, in fact, the copyrighted property of those organizations. Their presence here does not imply any endorsement of CinemaTour by those organizations. CinemaTour is not affiliated with any cinema or circuit.

© 1995-2014 Vision Entertainment Services. All rights reserved.
Use of this site signifies agreement to terms of service.