If you fancy a luxury cinema moving into your neighbourhood and there’s an empty bingo hall or old cinema nearby, give Everyman a call. The cinema chain is on a mission to find neglected spaces and breathe new life into them as boutique cinemas.
Everyman's latest labour of love is a £3 million reburb of the shabby old 1930s Odeon in Muswell Hill, which is reopening on November 16 as the Everyman Muswell Hill. The grade-two listed building was designed by renowned architect George Coles, and the restoration has involved peeling away decades of paint and plaster, stripping it back to its Art Deco glory. The new cinema features three screens, two bars, a restaurant and outside seating.
Everyman has plans to open between three and five cinemas each year, bringing its comfy sofa and nice glass of wine brand of moviegoing to high streets. Everyman CEO Crispin Lilly says there is something special about restoring old cinemas: ‘There is something in the walls of the great film houses of the 1930s.’ Last year Everyman took over another former Odeon cinema, in Barnet, and plans to open a three-screen branch in King's Cross.
So, if you’ve spotted a quirky space or abandoned cinema near you, who you gonna call?