The Electric Cinema | Portobello’s Boutique Cinema
Last Updated: 5th August 2019
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 keeps its doors open to all.
Unlike multiplex cinemas, it doesn’t have uncomfortable chairs and nachos crunched into the carpet; and unlike Netflix, it won’t ask if you’re sure you want to keep watching. It’s harks back to a simpler, rosier time… only with 21st century necessities, like cocktails.
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 5th Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 2.30pm, 9.15pm; The Lion King 6pm
TUESDAY 6th Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 5.45pm; The Lion King 9.15pm
WEDNESDAY 7th The Lion King 6pm; Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 9.15pm
THURSDAY 8th Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 5.45pm; The Lion King 9.15pm
FRIDAY 9th Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 5.45pm; The Lion King 9.15pm
SATURDAY 10th Toy Story 4 9.30am; Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 2.30pm; Pain & Glory introduced by Pedro Almodóvar 6pm; The Lion King 9.15pm
SUNDAY 11th Don’t Look Now 2pm; Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 4.45pm; The Lion King 8.15pm
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
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