The cinema first opened its doors on 15 April 1911 as the Electric Palace, with capacity for 480 patrons (280 seated and a further 200 standing!). The floor plan of the cinema was not dissimilar to that of today, except the foyer stretched down the side of the building. It later became The Embassy, and in 1931 was one of the first British cinemas to convert fully to sound. During the Second World War, the ornate exterior was severely damaged and subsequently replaced with a plain façade and a flat roof.
Since the 1950s the venue has steadily built a reputation as the place to see avant-garde and experimental cinema alongside repertory art-house programmes. With new ownership in 1974 came the change of name to The Gate. In 2003 the cinema joined the Picturehouse family and in 2004 it received a full refurbishment. The lobby retains its Cinema 100 plaque in recognition of its status as "one of London's favourite independent cinemas".
Retired Member £11.50
Student Member £11.50
Retired Member £11.10
Student Member £11.10
Retired Member £8.50
Student Member £8.50
Retired Member £5.70
Student Member £5.70
There is a £1.50 booking fee per transaction for telephone and online bookings. This fee does not apply to Picturehouse Members, or to tickets purchased in person at the cinema.
3D films cost £1.30 extra per person, not including 3D glasses. These cost an additional 70p and can be purchased at the cinema if you do not have your own.
*Family tickets are for four people, at least two of whom must be under 15. Not applicable to premium-priced screenings.
Tickets for Discover and Vintage Sundays screenings are £5 for Members (£8 general admission).
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The following bus routes run close to the cinema: 27, 52, 28, 328, 452, 148, 70, 390, 94, 31, N28, N31, N207.
The nearest tube station is Notting Hill Gate (30-second walk, Central line, Circle line and District line).
Santander Cycles Dock on Pembridge Gardens, across the road from the cinema. As well as two other Docking stations on Campden Hill Gardens and Palace Gardens Terrace.
Please note there is limited car parking space in the area. For more information please visit rbkc.gov.uk.