Some places just have that certain something. The French have a phrase for it: ‘zat certain sumsing!’ Quirky spots you stumble upon and tell stories about. Lesser known marvels like bonkers bars, rickety restaurants or curious museums where the curator’s cats run wild. It’s not about price or prestige, no, no. It’s all charm and character. Places with personality. That’s a GLP, my friend. Come in and explore, then go out and explore.
The Electric Cinema opened on February 24th 1910, pipping the Phoenix Cinema to the post of oldest cinema in London, which opened shortly after in 1912. Small but perfectly formed, it’s still one of the finest bits of silver screen in London.
If you have a habit of nodding off in a cinema this place will only make your condition worse. They’ve decked it out with plush leather armchairs, two-seater sofas for couple time at the back, wine coolers and comfy footstools. Plus they had the cracking idea of installing a bar in the cinema hall itself.
From the mainstream to art-house, from the mosaic floor entrance to the baroque style auditorium, this is cinema as it should be: an experience that goes beyond just the movie.
The tragedy with this place is that in June it burnt down. But fear not. Out of the ashes, the Electric will reopen in late November 2012.
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