Act One Cinema
119 High Street,
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The Act One Cinema is the first commercial town centre cinema in Acton since the Odeon closed in 1975 (it has its own page on Cinema Treasures), (although there was short lived video projection cinema called The Film Location in the early-1980’s, which also has its own page on Cinema Treasures).
Opening on September 10, 2021, the Act One Cinema has a 77-seat screen created on the ground floor of the former Acton Library. Located on the High Street at the corner of Winchester Street, it was built in 1900 by J. Passmore Edwards and designed by architect Maurice Adams FRIBA, the ornate building is Grade II listed.
The library closed in 2014 and is now back in community use, run a group of local residents. Initially the cinema will have one screen, but aims to eventually install a second screen. The ground floor has a generous lobby with bar and café, and a lounge area, plus a large art gallery space.
The community run venture will feature the best of mainstream and indie cinema, with regular film maker events.
The Act One Cinema is being co-run by the team from the Rio Cinema, Dalston and will share its community values and ethos. The Act One Cinema will also host film festivals throughout the year, and the programming will reflect the diversity of the Borough of Ealing.
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