The Electric Cinema | Boutique London Cinemas
Last Updated: 20th May 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.
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. And it’s a recipe that’s proved so successful, they’ve since opened another in Shoreditch.
Here’s what you’ll find in each branch –
The Electric Cinema Portobello
Recently rebuilt after (irony alert!) a huge electrical fire, the original site in Notting Hill 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…
MONDAY 20th Long Shot 11am, 2pm; Avengers: Endgame 5pm; High Life 9pm
TUESDAY 21st Long Shot 5.45pm; Avengers: Endgame 9pm
WEDNESDAY 22nd Paid Preview: Rocketman 5.45pm, 9pm
THURSDAY 23rd Paid Preview: Rocketman 5.45pm, 9.05pm
FRIDAY 24th Rocketman 6pm, 9.15pm
SATURDAY 25th Wheely 9.30am; Rocketman 2.30pm, 6pm (with special 70s menu), 9.15pm
SUNDAY 26th Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake 2pm; Rocketman 5.15pm, 8.30pm
The Electric Cinema Portobello has screenings daily – you can check the programme and book HERE.
The Electric Cinema Portobello | 191 Portobello Road, W11 2ED | 020 7908 9696
The Electric Cinema Shoreditch
Based in a quirky complex made up of an artisanal barbershop (of course), a chilled-out deli, and a utilitarian manicure parlour that’s essentially a beauty factory, Electric Cinema Shoreditch is located in the basement of an old warehouse building.
You’ll be sat in comfy, stand-alone armchairs (admittedly, not ideal for the first-date arm-over-the-shoulder move) and you will again be provided with cushions and cashmere blankets to ensure your backside stays awake, even if you struggle to. There’s a small bar here too, and its a more intimate screening room than its Notting Hill counterpart, sporting more of a pared-back, mid-century feel.
MONDAY 20th Long Shot 6.15pm; Avengers: Endgame 9pm
TUESDAY 21st Amazing Grace 6.15pm; Long Shot 8.30pm
WEDNESDAY 22nd Paid Preview: Rocketman 6pm, 8.50pm
THURSDAY 23rd Amazing Grace 11am, 8.50pm; Paid Preview: Rocketman 6pm
FRIDAY 24th Rocketman 6.10pm, 9pm
SATURDAY 25th Rocketman 3pm, 6pm, 9pm
SUNDAY 26th Wheely 12pm; Eighth Grade 3pm; Rocketman 5.30pm, 8.30pm
The Electric Cinema Shoreditch has screenings daily –you can check the programme and book HERE.
The Electric Shoreditch | 64-66 Redchurch St, E2 7DP | 020 3350 3490
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