There were two new interesting developments for London’s independent cinema scene yesterday. Last night, the Barbican Cinemas held an opening bash, with Dame Vivienne Westwood cutting the ribbon, for their two new 153 seater screens on Beech Street (near the top of Whitecross Street). This is the first new venue added to the Barbican Centre since it opened in 1982 and will be joined by a Cinema Café to satiate the appetite of hungry movie goers.
Hours earlier, news also came through that the Cineworld chain has bought the entire Picturehouse chain of cinemas (including venues such as the Ritzy in Brixton and the Gate in Notting Hill) for £47.3m. The official line is that the Picturehouses will be staying at they are – only now there’ll be more of them soon. We think it’s exciting news, but we also hope the Picturehouses will continue to maintain their welcoming charm, smart programming and varied events under new ownership.
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