Chiswick Cinema Moves Another Step Closer
Spring debut predicted after changes to allow hosting of film festivals
The Chiswick Cinema has moved another step closer to full opening after a Hounslow Council Licensing Panel approved changes requested to its terms of operation.
A spring opening is now predicted on the cinema’s social media accounts. Previously founder Lyn Goleby had warned us to expect an announcement on the opening date at short notice given the constantly changing and unusual circumstances at the moment.
The cinema had replied for removal of restrictions of the number of people allowed to use the first floor terrace and first floor restaurant as well as extended operating hours. The cinema wanted have specific limits on the number of people allowed to accommodate a members’ area and ticketed events such as Q&As after film showings such as ‘Meet the Director’ evenings and film festivals.
The Panel which met virtually on 2 March agreed with the argument that capacity limits were already stipulated within fire safety regulations and an additional limit was not necessary.
Films are now allowed to be shown to 8am to midnight on Sunday to Thursday and 8am to 1am Friday and Saturday. The original permission was for until 11.45pm on Sunday to Thursday and 12.45am on Friday and Saturday. The hours and conditions of all other licensable activities are to remain the same.
There were 12 objections to the changes in the licence on the grounds of the possibility of increased noise, anti-social behaviour and littering in nearby residential areas.
The first cinema in Chiswick since 1934 will have five screens, a restaurant and a private Members’ restaurant and bar plus a Private Dining and Screening Room. Programming will include a mixture of current releases, family screenings and event cinema.
March 13, 2021