Picturehouse cinema for Ealing
by James Wood Thu 10 July 2014, 3:54 pm
Land Securities has chosen Picturehouse Cinemas to open its largest cinema to date at its Ealing Filmworks development.
The arthouse cinema will feature eight screens, a cafe and bar and is an integral part of the £100 million scheme. It is expected to open in late 2017, with the remainder of the development to be finished the following year.
Land Securities is redeveloping the part derelict 1.05-ha site into a leisure and cultural destination after Ealing Council granted planning consent in December 2013.
The scheme will include a mix of restaurants, cafes, shops, bars and retail units, up to 161 homes, and will improve pedestrian links between New Broadway, Bond Street and Walpole Park. The scheme will also feature a "flexible performance area" and an outdoor screen.
John Grimes, leasing director at Land Securities, said: “It’s fitting that we are able to bring an arthouse cinema back to Ealing as part of the Filmworks development.
“Restoring the site to its former glory is key to the success of this scheme, and the cultural and leisure hub we are creating will transform the area and reaffirm Ealing’s film heritage.
“Securing a cinema operator is a huge vote of confidence for the scheme and is an important step forward in delivering the development to Ealing.”
Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said: “This announcement is great news for Ealing and brings the building of a new cinema and the creation of a fantastic new £100 million leisure quarter even closer."