Back in 1910, a couple of crazed mavericks decided to build a cinema in Notting Hill.
It was one of the first buildings in Britain built purely for showing
Notting Hill films.
And after repeatedly closing and reopening throughout the 20th century, it’s finally fallen into safe hands with the Soho House team, who have lovingly lavished it with restored retro fittings; a well-trained team of barkeeps; and a distinguished programme of films. And while their second cinema, the Electric Shoreditch, is only open to Soho House members, the Electric Portobello and the Electric White City keep their doors open to all.
Unlike multiplex cinemas, the Electric Cinemas don’t have uncomfortable chairs and nachos crunched into the carpet; and unlike Netflix, they won’t ask if you’re sure you want to keep watching. It harks back to a simpler, rosier time… only with 21st century necessities, like cocktails.
THE ELECTRIC PORTOBELLO
Recently rebuilt after (irony alert!) a huge electrical fire, the flagship site has an old fashioned ticket hall, a roomy screening room with original period flourishes on the walls and ceiling, and the American-styled Electric Diner next door (where you can head for a 50% off pre-cinema dinner on weekdays, 5-6pm, by flashing your tickets). Unspeakably luxurious, the Electric Portobello has a choice of king-sized sofas and even red velvet beds available to those booking early enough. The rest of you will have to put up with the perfectly placed footstools and cashmere blankets that accompany each wingback armchair (each of which also has its own table: no more competing for the cupholder).
The house opens 10 minutes before each screening, giving you enough time to raid the pick’n’mix, settle in, and flag a waiter for your Old Fashioned…
WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
MONDAY 2nd Waves 2.30pm; Greed 6pm; Portrait of a Lady on Fire 9pm
TUESDAY 3rd Greed 6pm; Portrait of a Lady on Fire 9pm
WEDNESDAY 4th Portrait of a Lady on Fire 5.45pm; Greed 9pm
THURSDAY 5th Greed 6pm; Portrait of a Lady on Fire 9pm
FRIDAY 6th Military Wives 6pm, 9pm
SATURDAY 7th Dolittle 9.30am; Military Wives 3pm, 6pm, 9pm
SUNDAY 8th Bombshell 2pm; Military Wives 4.45pm, 7.45pm
NOTE: The Electric Cinema Portobello has screenings daily – you can book tickets HERE or via 020 7908 9696.
The Electric Cinema Portobello | 191 Portobello Road, W11 2ED
THE ELECTRIC WHITE CITY
They say when one door closes, another one opens. And when Soho House decided to make the Electric Shoreditch members-only, they unveiled their brand-new follow-up in White City. Housed in the former BBC Television Centre, the small screen’s been swapped for the big screen – alongside all the plush, vintage-inspired furnishings you’d expect. Sumptuous velvet armchairs are bordered by elegant side tables for cocktails and snacks – and the restaurant and lounge area outside, The Allis, is a little slice of Soho House without the membership fee.
WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
MONDAY 2nd Downhill 6.15pm; Parasite 8.45pm
TUESDAY 3rd Bombshell 12pm, 3pm; Downhill 6.15pm; Parasite 8.45pm
WEDNESDAY 4th Parasite 5.45pm; Downhill 8.45pm
THURSDAY 5th Downhill 6.30pm; Parasite 9pm
FRIDAY 6th Military Wives 3pm, 6pm, 9pm
SATURDAY 7th Military Wives 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm
SUNDAY 8th Spycies 11am; Little Women 2pm; Military Wives 5pm, 8pm
NOTE: The Electric Cinema White City has screenings daily – you can book tickets HERE or via 020 7908 9696.
The Electric Cinema White City | 2 Television Centre, 101 Wood Lane, London W12 7FR
Last Updated: 2nd March 2020
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