The Chiswick Cinema Could Open at Short Notice

Situation remains uncertain but venue is seeking extended operating hours

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Work continues apace at The Chiswick Cinema site on the High Road and the management says that the project is progressing well with the opening expected this year possibly a short notice depending on the condition of the industry.

An application has been submitted to Hounslow Council for some changes to the terms of its licence which they describe as altering the ‘detailed numbers in the spaces and tidying the opening hours to tie in with the 2016 planning permission’.

The application is for the removal of restrictions of the number of people allowed to use the first floor terrace and first floor restaurant. At the moment they are limited to 60 and 30 people respectively but the cinema want to increase this to allow them to accommodate a members’ area and ticketed events such as Q&As after film showings such as ‘Meet the Director’ evenings and film festivals.

There is also a request for an extension of the time films are 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.

The cinema was due to open last November but has been delayed by the pandemic and is currently at the detailed planning stage for its launch with a General Manager and Hospitality Manager in place. They will be recruiting kitchen staff shortly.

Founder Lyn Goleby said, “Actual opening date is still to be decided in light of the film schedule and the general temperature around venues re-opening. Given the unusual circumstances we may end up deciding the opening date with quite short notice and I’m afraid there’s just too much uncertainty around the film calendar right now for us to publish anything more definite.”

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.

Comments can be made on the licensing application up until 4 February by emailing

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January 16, 2021

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