The iconic Electric Cinema on Notting Hill's Portobello Road is one of London’s oldest purpose-built cinemas, a bastion of arthouse cinema that first opened its doors in February 1911.
Designed by architect Gerald Seymour Valentin on the site of a timber yard, the Electric Cinema Theatre opened its doors on 27 February 1911, with 564 seats.
Over 80 years the venue has survived two world wars, a bombing and a major fire. It garnered world-wide recognition for phenomenal programming in the 70s; and was saved from being turned into a Bingo Hall in the 1980s. In 2002 the seating was replaced with 98 bespoke George Smith leather armchairs, some with footstools, and two massive leather sofas at the back of the auditorium. A bespoke screen was installed, highlighting and preserving the beautiful proscenium arch.
One of the best things about a private cinema is having the space to relax, without someone kicking your chair or obscuring your view!
At the Electric Cinema the entire front row oozes comfort. The multiple large, square beds, made by George Smith master upholsterers, are perfect for stretching out on to watch your favourite movie. Do you have space for your own private cinema? Get in touch! Over the years we have become experts in making pieces that offer maximum comfort for watching a full length feature film.