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11 April 2010

See a film at the Coronet

The Coronet Cinema, at 103 Notting Hill Gate, was opened in 1898 as a theatre. It began showing short films alongside theatrical productions in 1916, and finally became a full time cinema in 1923, being renamed as the Coronet Cinema.

The Coronet escaped 1989 plans to make it into a McDonald's and the building was subsequently granted Grade II listed status. The cinema then became a film star in its own right, featuring in the film Notting Hill, where Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant patronised it.

The cinema even has a resident ghost, a lady cashier who has apparently was caught fiddling the box office receipts. When she was confronted, legend has it she dashed out of his office and threw herself from the balcony.

Tickets are £7, or a great value £3.50 on Tuesdays. For more, see http://www.coronet.org/

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