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The tired-old cinema is to be restored to its former glory||
The tired-old cinema is to be restored to its former glory
25 Jun 2014

Cinema featured in Richard Curtis' movie Notting Hill to be turned into a theatre and performance space.

Coronet Cinema – one of the oldest in London – is to undergo major renovations to return it to its original function as a theatre. The Print Room theatre bought the building from the Kensington Temple Church, as its former premises a few streets away is being turned into residential properties.

Studio Indigo architects has been charged with the restoration of period features and converting the smaller of the two screening rooms into a 100-seat theatre. The firm will also update the service areas, and the lighting and sound systems will be modernised. The larger space will continue to be used as a cinema under the theatre company's artistic team, although it may also be used as a performance space.

The fringe theatre's long-term plans for the venue include three flexible theatre spaces, rehearsal and workshop spaces, administration offices, a restaurant and bar. Building works will be carried out in stages, and The Print Room will move into the space in autumn this year.

Designed by WGR Sprague, the theatre opened in 1898 with stars such as Ellen Terry and Sarah Bernhardt appearing on stage. John Giulgud, the British actor and theatre director whose career spanned eight decades, watched his first Shakespeare play As you Like it at the theatre in 1912. The theatre also featured in the Richard Curtis film Notting Hill, in which Hugh Grant wears his prescription snorkling goggles to see the screen.

 

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