20 Oct 23
Special guests and members of Ealing's community were welcomed on 18 October for a special preview of the cinema, where they got the chance to explore its stunning café-bar, hear from the team behind the cinema, and were treated to a screening of Jonathan Demme's Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense in a packed, enthusiastic Screen One, where Immediate Past Mayor of Ealing, Cllr. Mohinder Midha cut the ribbon and gave a speech to welcome all inside.
Before the film, the audience were joined by special guests: Leader of the London Borough of Ealing Council, Cllr. Peter Mason; Chairman of St George Plc, Piers Clanford; and Picturehouse Managing Director, Clare Binns who also made speeches in the auditorium.
Peter Mason, leader of Ealing council, said: "Today marks a momentous occasion for Ealing as this new cinema, café, and bar opens its doors. The opening of Ealing Picturehouse is a testament to our rich cultural and cinematic history and our ongoing commitment to arts and culture in our borough. I can't wait to see it become a genuine cultural gem for our residents and guests."
Piers Clanford, Chairman of St George Plc, said: "Ealing Picturehouse marks the final stage of our Filmworks development, which is home to more than 200 new homeowners, and a fantastic array of restaurants, bars and amenities. Ealing has long been synonymous with British cinema, with countless iconic shows and films produced in Ealing Studios over the years. With Filmworks also located on the site of the former Forum Theatre, it is fantastic to be working with Picturehouse to continue to bring this rich arts heritage to the forefront of the area."
"Ealing Picturehouse is open for business!", says Clare Binns. "We're thrilled to open our doors this Friday, bringing the best of cinema from around the world, with a fantastic range of tasty food and drink, to the community. We look forward to welcoming everyone into this true cinema palace."
The latest addition to the Picturehouse Cinemas family, Ealing Picturehouse is set to encompass all the best that the world of film has to offer. Audiences can now catch Martin Scorsese's Killers of the Flower Moon, along with all the month's new releases, including recent hit Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour.
There'll also be chances to catch up with the year's big hits Barbie and Oppenheimer, enjoy recent Picturehouse favourites like Past Lives and Scrapper, and take a trip through Ealing's storied film history with reDiscover Ealing Studios, a season shining a light on the pioneering neighbouring studio responsible for classics like The Ladykillers.
Ealing Picturehouse joins entertainment venue and arcade Boom Battle Bar, artisan coffee shop Black Sheep Coffee, neighbourhood bar Teatro Hall, award-winning ramen restaurant Kanada-Ya and fried buttermilk chicken specialists Butchies which can be enjoyed before or after a trip to the cinema.
About Picturehouse Cinemas
Picturehouse is an award-winning UK film company incorporating cinema, distribution and home entertainment, formed in 1989 to challenge the multiplex model. Its flagship cinema Picturehouse Central is situated in the heart of London's West End, with the rest of its 26 venues located across England and Scotland.
Picturehouse's architecturally unique cinemas sit in the heart of local neighbourhoods and cater to a diverse and wide-ranging audience. They provide bespoke food and drink offerings across their cafés, bars, restaurants and members' bars. The programme is curated to champion films made for all ages and backgrounds, from quality mainstream film through to foreign-language and documentary features, as well as live event cinema and in-person events and Q&As when available.
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