Our Story

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". 

The Gate Picturehouse
87 Notting Hill Gate
W11 3JZ

Opening Times

The cinema will open at least 15 minutes before the start of the first film each day.

Ticket Prices

Weekends &
Bank Holidays

All day on Saturday & Sunday,
17.00 onwards on Friday & bank holidays.

Adult    £14.80 

Member    £11.80 

Retired    £13.80 

Retired Member    £10.80

Student  £13.80 

Student Member    £10.80 

Child    £8.60

Family*    £34.40
(four people, including at least two children)


Film starting from 17.00 onwards
on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.

Adult    £14.40

Member    £11.40

Retired    £13.40

Retired Member    £10.40

Student    £13.40

Student Member    £10.40

Child    £8.40

Family*    £33.60
(four people, including at least two children)


Films starting before 17.00
on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.

Adult    £11.80

Member    £8.80

Retired    £10.80

Retired Member    £7.80

Student    £10.80

Student Member    £7.80

Child    £7.80

Family*    £31.20
(four people, including at least two children)

Happy Mondays

All day on Monday (excluding bank holidays)

Adult    £7.90

Member    £4.90

Retired    £7.90

Retired Member    £4.90

Student    £7.90

Student Member    £4.90

Child    £5.90

Family*    £23.60
(four people, including at least two children)

We add a 70p booking fee per ticket (excluding tickets for Picturehouse Members) to bookings made online or over the phone. This fee doesn't apply to tickets you buy in person at the cinema.

3D films may cost £1.30 extra per person, not including 3D glasses (you can buy these at the cinema for an extra 70p, or bring your own).

*Family tickets are for four people, at least two of whom must be under 15. Not applicable to premium-priced screenings.

Have a question about our prices? We might have the answer in our FAQs.

Clubs & Groups

Watch with Baby 

Babies go free.

Adults are only admitted if accompanying a baby.

For parents or carers with babies under the age of one.

Kids' Club

Tickets are £3 for all.

The Kids' Club is every Saturday at 11.00. Doors open at 10.30. 

Adults are only admitted if accompanying a child.

Toddler Time   

Tickets are £3 for children, free for accompanying adults.

For preschool children and their parent or carers. Free for accompanying adults.

Adults are only admitted if accompanying a child.


Tickets are £3 for all.

Our Autism-Friendly,  we strive to create an environment that is welcoming for people with a range of conditions such as autism, learning disabilities and cognitive disorders.


Tickets are £4 for all.

Our Dementia-Friendly screenings are open to all but cater especially for people living with dementia. 

Free tea/coffee and biscuits are served before the film, and there's also a short interval.

Click here for upcoming screenings.

Discover / Rediscover   

Free for Members (£8 general admission).

New and classic films on the big screen where they belong.

Silver Screen   


Silver Screen is a free-to-join club for the over-60s.

Enjoy discounted tickets and a free tea or filter coffee at our Silver Screen shows. Annual membership is free. Silver Screen runs Wednesdays & Thursdays before 17.00.

Non-members are welcome - the usual ticket prices apply.

Click here for upcoming screenings.

Screen Arts   

Ticket prices vary.

Bringing world-class productions of theatre, ballet, opera and live music to the big screen.


Travel Information

By Bus

The following bus routes run close to the cinema: 27, 52, 28, 328, 452, 148, 70, 390, 94, 31, N28, N31, N207.

By Tube

The nearest tube station is Notting Hill Gate (30-second walk, Central line, Circle line and District line).

By Bike

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.

By Car

Please note there is limited car parking space in the area. For more information please visit rbkc.gov.uk.

The Gate Gallery

The Gate Gallery