I truly love this place. I feel fairly confident that no matter how poor the flick, I would always treasure an Electric experience.
From the absurdly comfy chairs to the cashmere blankets (sneakily tucked away under your foot rest - I was so excited to make that discovery!) and the champagne to the gourmet snacks, truly a viewing experience matched by no other. Call me a sucker, but it also just feels cool.
If I could watch every movie I ever saw and ever will see at the Electric, I would.
I definitely plan on bringing out-of-town visitors here to wow em
I went here recently to see "Bling Ring" with a friend. We had just had dinner at Pizza East and were walking towards another theater and walked by this one, realizing that they were showing the same movie at a more convenient time. While the theater looked a bit run-down and dingy from the outside, we figured we were here, we may as well.
When I went to pay, I kind of died a little on the inside. £18 to see a movie? As a recent transplant to London, I was expecting to pay more to go to the theater, but I did not expect a price this steep. I forked over my £20 note and hoped somehow I wouldn't feel as guilty.
Guilt quickly disappeared once I stepped inside this theater. It is unlike any theater I've ever been to and I immediately knew it was well worth the money spent (not even caring how the movie turned out). We sat in these plush beautiful tufted leather chairs with cozy lamps on tables between the chairs. There were also loveseats as well as sofa beds that could be bought where couples were cuddling (great date idea!). The theater was nothing short of beautiful, cozily lit. They had a cafe with great looking desserts and pastries, but my friend and I opted to share a carafe of white wine to go along with the movie.
We settled into our chairs, stretching our legs out on matching footstools and covered ourselves with cashmere blankets (provided), to prepare for the most comfortable and enjoyable movie experience I've had at any theater. I could have sat in that chair for hours after the movie ended.
I would highly recommend this place for a date and/or if you're looking for a thoroughly luxurious and cozy movie viewing experience. Definitely something to wow out of town guests with. :)
As a (recent) stay-at-home mom, I admit that I get a bit bored bouncing my bebe on my knee all day at home! Searching for an escape from laundry, dish washing and staring contests with my kid, I stumbled upon Electric Scream at Electric Cinema. A mommy's paradise...a mid morning showing of a recently released flick that allows to mom's with babies 1 yr or younger to attend. I was a bit nervous that my own baby would scream the entire time and disrupt other moms (or the child next to me would make it impossible to hear the movie), but with the exception of a few whines for a bottle, the babies seemed just as content as the moms watching Leonardo Dicaprio's handsome face on the big screen during the Great Gatsby!
The show I attended was sold out, so I suggest booking quite far in advance! Strollers/prams are welcome but need to be left at the back of the theater, so expect to hold your lil one during the movie. If there is a screamer next to you, subtitles are turned on during the flick to ensure you don't miss any key lines. Coffee, tea, water and other refreshments were sold but they lacked big tubs of buttery salted popcorn...which is the only thing that could have made the experience better.
Oh. My. Word. I was in cinema heaven!
I had always wanted to go to the Electric Cinema and when I left my old job one of my leaving presents was a pair of tickets and I was so chuffed! I am an avid cinema goer and often see around 1 - 2 films a weeks so this was perfect for me. I took one of my closest friends with me at the beginning of this week after months of trying to get there but either I'd seen the film (they only show one film per week) or didn't fancy the choice or because it was booked up (be warned, the cinema gets booked up very quickly).
This is what every cinema experience should be like, when I went back to my regular lowly multiplex yesterday I felt betrayed and in denial!
On arrival to the Electric, my friend and I actually gasped in delight and pleasure. It's beautiful and like a mini theatre for a start and looks beautiful. Then when you find your seat you simply think you may never want to leave it after the film is over. You have the option of a big comfy leather chair with a footstool (which we had); a two seater leather sofa at the back (I think there were three on the left hand side as you walked in) or along the front row there are big spacious leather beds! It gets better still - if you find yourself a tad chilly (as most of us do in these times of aircon overload, simply whip up the lid of your footstool to unveil a blanket!)
As you walk into the cinema on the right hand side is a bar which serves snacks (not like your usual multiplex either - nice ones!) and drinks. You even have an actual table next to your seat to place your refreshments.
This is definitely the place to bring someone special for a treat or on a special occasion, granted it is much dearer than your usual cinema trip but you will not be disappointed (not a lairy chav or text fanatic in site!) and every aspect is worth it especially for cinema fans - take it from me!
Located in the heart of Notting Hill.
This place gets booked quickly. I tried to get tickets for Silver Linings Playbook on Thursday night for a Friday screening of 9:30, and all the seats were booked. We resorted to getting front row armchairs instead for a Friday screening of 6. After many experiences of sitting in the front row and craning my neck painfully for Harry Potter movies, I was prepared for more awkward movie watching when I stepped into Electric Cinema.
Relieved when I saw that the armchairs, despite being in the front row, was a comfortable distance away from the screen. Even more relieved to see leather seats (is anyone as sketched out as me by fabric seats?) and cashmere blankets stored under the footstools. I saw that the couches in the front were actually beds, conducive to couple canoodling (note to all the gentlemen looking for a date location), and the decoration at the place was absolutely gorgeous.
You pay for the experience (15 quid for the movie ticket, 5 quid for peppers, 8 I think for the burger) but it's more comfortable than the standard movie fare, and coupled with a pint of beer, it was just the place to wind down on a Friday evening.
What a treat it is to see a film at the Electric cinema! It's the most civilized movie experience I've been through. The seats are amazingly comfortable--big leather seats with armrests and footstools! There are also two loveseat sofas in the back of the cinema. These book out quickly so you have to plan in advance.
You can order a bottle of wine and keep it chilled in between your seats. You can also order nibbles or a full dinner to accompany your film--cheese and crackers are always a good bet or if you are feeling quite hungry, you can order mac & cheese, bangers & mash or even Sheppard's pie.
The one draw back is the vareity of films... it's not a great big cineplex so what they decide to show is what you have to watch.
I'm not sure I can ever go back to seeing films at regular cinemas. I'm forever spoilt by the Electric.
I have never known cinema comfort like this.
Recline in a over-sized leather lounge chair - or better yet - get the couch at the back.. Hmm when i say 'couch' that might be totally misleading..it is like a magical squishy leather haven about the size of a king size bed. I kid you not... Lie in it and lurve it. I know i did...
There is a bar at the back that will sell you ridiculously overpriced and undersized portions of food. Hope you've got deep pockets or a small appetite for cinema snacks.. A pawful of popcorn is £1.50 (and i mean a small paw..I'd say you get about 18 pieces of popcorn)..but hey who cares about that when you've got a scrumptious glass of red and you are laying in sofa heaven.
I was expecting more. I got less.
Loads of people stood waiting in the reception area for the employees to open the doors to the cinema past the 18:15 entry time on everyone's tickets that were booked for £14.50 weeks in advance. The 'substantial gourmet' hot snacks at the bar consisted of hummus and pitta, vegetables and dip, and sausage rolls and ketchup. Pass. Instead Robert D and I got two very small packets of popcorn, a brownie, and a bottle of water to share. £9.
We found our seats: leather easy chairs complete with footstools. More comfortable than a chair at the Odeon, yes, but not more comfortable than your couch at home. My chair had completely lost its form (as leather chairs are wont to do after hundreds of people put their asses on them), so I ended up with my ass sunk back and down and my shoulders slumped forward and my neck craned awkwardly to look up at the screen. I can only imagine these chairs will worsen with more time.
The screen was good; the sound was LOUD; the experience overall was enjoyable.
The ladies' toilets had two facilities, and the men's had one. The luxury soap in the ladies' smelled nice but left my hands itchy (yikes). Overall, the toilets couldn't handle the post cinema crowd.
So, all these negatives yet why the four stars? Because it was cool, goddamnit. Have a good time at the Odeon, suckers.
Electric Cinema is a bit special. With big seats (VERY unlike regular cinema seats), footstalls and the option to rent actual day bed things that two people can recline on, look no further.
The bar stocks wines, beers and spirits, and staff come down with gorgeous packaged hot food before each show in case you want to nibble on some fish and chips or vegie risotto, etc.
Totally gorgeous. Perfect for a date or special occasion. Or anytime!
What a great cinema! As mentioned in some of the other reviews this is an extremely comfortable cinema experience. My boyfriend and I shared one of the big, leather, squishy sofas that come with foot stools bigger than most Notting Hill flats.
The only problem is that the sofas are at the back and staff and other cinema goers tend to walk in front of you when serving food/going to the loo. No biggy though.
I'll definitely go again!
This place is absolute perfection, but be forewarned: this is not one of those 'they have a great selection of movies' places. Actually they don't - and I've seen many a terrible movie just because it was playing at the Electric. But for the same price as any other London cinema, they'll make you (and by that I mean ME) feel like a cultured goddess with their plush chairs, beautiful decor, and sophisticated snack bar/bar bar. Bonus points for scoring the sofas at the back.
My last Electric adventure, I scored New Year's Day sofa tickets for "I Am Legend." When preparing to tolerate, hung over no less, a cinematic abomination as terrible as "I Am Legend" full recline capacity is absolutely necessary. As is a bar. Check, check! Check to the Woolworths across the street with a fab pick-n-mix section which I unabashedly smuggled in, and CHECK for being right near the Number 52 bus stop, as it was raining by the time we emerged, unimpressed and a little punch-drunk after 2 hours of Will Smith.
If you get there before the lights go down, you'll also notice the cinema decor is actually rather beautiful.
Unfortunately, I did not have enough time to be a patron of the cinema, therefor this review is only for the restaurant.
Reservations are a must as this small(er) restaurant becomes jam-packed with elites and scenesters.
I was told they serve the best-burger in the world -I was properly informed. Served on a wooden slab, my burger was phenomenal.
One star off for the waitstaff not paying attention to their wine list.
Great dinner overall. (next time, I will take advantage of their weekday movie/ dinner package... what a steal!)
The oldest Cinema in town is an experience beyond going to the movies. When I go there I book online as this place does not guarantee you a seat on a spontaneous night out.
I took my brother there to watch 'The Last Days' of Curt Cubain. We had quite an intense day, he had to row me over the entire Serpentine Lake and we even made our way to Tate Modern. But my plan did not end then, we went all the way to Portobello Road, as I had to introduce him to the Electric Cinema.
This time I knew I am not going to munch a big bucket of pop corn, even better, they do serve food such as fish and chips and little snacks. The food is served in paper cups served on a tray before the movie starts. The best of all, my brother finally got his well-deserved beer, placing it on the table in between us.
The cinema is small and comfortable. It is appointed with big sofas on the back of the room. We opted for the seats more to the front. We did not want to get too comfortable. The night had just begun and besides, the sofas are more for couples.
The movie was about Nirvana and you would think their music would be the centre of attention, but it was more of a mute art film playing in the same house from the beginning to the end, following Curt Cubain's delirious state.
No surprise that my brother got a little bit too comfortable and it did not take long he fell asleep. You can't blame him! This place is made for that. I made a couple of efforts to wake him up when the drums were playing, but my effort made him sink even more into his big, soft seat, falling slightly to the side.
I just remember when the movie was over trying to wake him up, who only has taken one sip of his beer so far. We still laugh about that night, but I urge you to go there on a rainy day in London, as it is so much more charming and fun than any other cinema.
We went there tonight and saw "Prisoners" (an excellent film, by the way). This cinema is out of my dreams how a cinema should be. The red theme is perfect, and the antique decor is absolutely lovely. The beautiful comfy red leather aim chairs with back pillows and discreet little lamps on the side tables in between are brilliant. You're pretty much unaware of anyone sitting next to you. The ottomans are placed just right with just the right sized ledges in between to stash what you're carrying with you, which could be a lot considering it's on Portobello Road. The entire interior design is gorgeous. Even the placement and design of the toilets is perfectly thought out. The bar is a great addition along with the things to munch. And to put the cherry on top, the cashmere throws in the ottomans lend a very cozy touch to your viewing pleasure. As far as I'm concerned, there is no better place to see a film.
Are you looking to impress your lady on a first date? Well, look no further.
The Electric Cinema is like one of those kids at school you knew who had it all, although it would be more accurate to describe it as a cross between a cinema, a bar and a restaurant. Here, your every need is catered for: even the seats are leather and come with footstools and tables for the nosh you purchased before the show. So kick back with your Kir Royal and your hot tub of snacks and enjoy the show.
Okay, regular seats are a lot more expensive than your usual run of the mill cinema (£14.50 for a single and £30 for a sofa) but you're paying for a unique experience. Who knows, she may even let you go to 2nd base.
Mondays is concession night, tickets between £7.50 and £10. You can book online.
The Electric cinema provides you with the perfect reason not to slum it when wanting to catch a film. With soft, huge leather seating, a good variety of food and drink (that you are allowed to take into the viewing) and a slick programme of films, it is the perfect way to watch a movie in style.
I always thought that going to the cinema was a real cop out if it was suggested for a date, but actually this venue is perfect as it is definitely a little more special. The selection of hot and cold food is fantastic and they even serve good old champers at the bar. Lovely.
As you would expect, it is slightly more expensive than your average cinema at around £14 for a single (but oh so comfortable) seat but it you are looking for something a little above average, it is certainly worth the extra expense for the experience. Top tip however; if you go on a Monday, the price reduces to a concession rate.
One of my favourite cinemas in the world. For a real art-house cinematic experience in comfy surroundings you can't do much better than the Electric cinema.
Great place to take a date or a group of friends or even if you just fancy a bit of me time. Food is good quality at a reasonable price and you'll never feel out of place in these relaxed settings.
A real gem of a place showing both commercial and less mainstream movies
Luxurious cinema experience. Comfy seats, and lush surrounds.
This place is awesome. Try booking one of the couches at the back. A bit more expensive, but well worth it. Perfect for date night ;)
Tickets can be hard to get, particularly for new releases. I had to book 2 weeks in advance for Bond!
The Electric is a super cool cinema located in Notting Hill so its such a shame that considering I live about 15 minutes walk away I've never seen a movie there!
Booking ahead is definitely the key at The Electric particularly for the bigger blockbusters and also on Mondays (when prices are cheaper.) The cinema seats just over 100 cinema goers so its not a huge cinema by any stretch of the imagination but the screen is more than adequate for your viewing. The cinema is broken up into three sections:
- The rear which features the 2 person seater sofas. Nice for those who want to cuddle.
- The middle which features nice large comfortable leather seats (big enough to curl up in!) with footstool and side table with wine cooler.
- The front rows (three) which are the same as the middle rows but sans the footstool.
The cinema also has a bar at the back of the cinema which is open for about half an hour before the movie begins. Be prepared however for a winner takes all attitude with the patrons because you can politely wait in line only to find that everyone else is pushing in front of you. And this is quite possibly the main drawback of the cinema - the other cinema goers. I couldn't believe how pushy some of them were. Sigh.
This is a great place: elegant, atmospheric, with a rich history and luxurious. Definitely worth a visit and I would be glad to visit it again and again.
As many have pointed out, rightly, the prices are higher than elsewhere, with the exception of those cheap Mondays.
I understand this used to be a genuinely arthouse cinema - it was the last place to screen something as risky as Pasolini's Salo apparently - but it doesn't really live up to that reputation anymore. They do seem to pick critically acclaimed movies, but ones that play all across London (think Apocalypto, for example), with the result that the programme these days is pretty mainstream. Indeed, you could watch all the same stuff at Odeon Whiteleys not too far from The Electric and this might come a bit cheaper.
So, by all means go to The Electric if you want to, but don't expect anything cutting edge. There are more arthouse places in London than this, BFI Southbank being a prime example.
This place has to be the coolest cinema in London. Big Leather seats with more leg-room than a Virgin Atlantic business class, and more comfortable than a hammock on a windy day.
The films are well-chosen and the staff accommodating. Not only this, but the sort of cinema food you get is a thousand times better than the usual muck and a thousand times cheaper. Different selections every day, served in gorgeous mini buckets, treat yourself to some marinated chipolatas, or mini fish and chips and relax as you escape to fantasy land.
This is, without question, my number one most favourite cinema in London (in the UK it's second only to the Little Theatre in Bath). Whenever there's a film I'm dying to see, I splash out and see it at the Electric. The seats are really comfy, armchairs all round and if you book early enough you can even nab one with a footstool, or a sofa for two. Even sitting quite near the front is fairly comfortable.
The snacks are delish, if a little pricey. And you can even indulge in a cheeky bottle of wine or a nice cup of tea.
What's great about going to the Electric is you feel like it's really an experience, it's a bit special - as opposed to going to your local Vue where going to the cinema is about as exciting as getting on a bus.
One of the best cinema's in London - a real treat and the perfect place to go on a date, especially if you book one of the two-seater sofabeds!!!
I have been loads of times with my boyfriend and with girlfriends and I would recommend it 100%.
Tip: I often go for dinner first then regret it as the food there is so delicious!
We've written a full review of it here:
Whoah! This cinema is one of a kind. Guys, if you want to take a girl to a casual date and still impress her, Electric Cinema is the perfect place. The luxuous, original and spacious interior, the leather seatings, the footstools and the 2-seater sofas at the back of the theatre make this place a very romantic one.
Just one tip: book in advance (you can book online).
What an amazing cinema. Cocktails, brownies and somewhere to put your feet up. Yes not the biggest screen but still an excellent venue for those who like to have a cheeky cocktail while watching a film.
I you are in Notting Hill I would definitely recommend you go! There is a nice restaurant below although I haven't been - but whenever I have been past it is always bustling and busy
The Electric really is worth the hype. I'd been told how great it was but until I saw those cozy leather chairs with my own eyes I didn't fully realise what a treat I was in for. I went on a Monday night for Benjamin Button (YAWN) and actually fell asleep in mine. Note: Monday is only £10 as opposed to the regular £14 price tag but you MUST book a few weeks in advance to get tickets. The greatest thing is you can buy a bottle of wine and take it to your seats!
What I'd really like is a couch and a big screen TV. And a cool soundsystem. And maybe a cooler for my drink.
Sadly, I live in a room the size of a toilet cubicle, so these things are a fantasy to me. Luckily, the electric cinema offers the type of cinema that dreams are made of. Bar at the back, huge comfy leather seats and a centre console for your drinks and snacky snacks.
And the footstools, a work of unparalleled genius.
Seriously, if you were once an avid moviegoer but have found yourself jaded by the cinema these days by paying over the odds for a generic and uncomfortable seat, chavs fighting and making noise and people texting away, this is the place for you. Yes, you pay more, but you get what you pay for. You can stretch your legs and lounge back like cinemas would be in your dreams in your little oasis of space. Also, since people who come here are generally interested in seeing the film, you get blissful silence. The screen was good (and magically appears from nowhere) and the sound was surprisingly good considering this is an old theatre and was not designed with dolby in mind.
But really, this is a 5 star concept with 2 star execution. See, while it might be sophisticated to come here and to be marked as a fancy pants, that doesn't mean that I don't want more than 12 popcorn pieces in a tub for 3 pounds. I'm fancy, but I also like to stuff my face during a flick. I'm fancy, again, but I LIKE pick & mix over a vegetable and dip plate.
Hummus at a cinema? It just doesn't work for me. It is a cinema. For some, yes, but not me.
Personally I feel it takes away from the excitement of it. Now, if they had one of those old fashioned carts that make popcorn and people coming around serving drinks or something, it would get six stars. But no.
Electric Cinema could honestly be huge, but I don't think it will be. I like it a whole lot, but it could be so much more. You will pay more here, but you get a great experience. Save it for a movie you are really excited for.
I saw Star Trek. Cool.
If you want to go the cinema and watch a movie in more comfort than usual, then go to the Electric Cinema! You will have your own comfy red leather seat, and you can even put your feet up on your own red leather footstall, and you will have your own table to put your food and drinks on. Its amazing.
This is no normal cinema, and neither is the bar, you have a huge choice of beers to choose from, Champagne, and whole list of different wines and Cocktails of all things... at the Cinema!
And the sweets are different too, no normal snacks.
This obviously is a tad more expensive than the usual cinema experience. I have only ever had a seat at the front, which cost £7.50, not bad and more or less the same price as other cinemas. But if you want to go all out and have a two seat sofa, it will cost 25- 30 pounds. I think it would be well worth it. I am going in a couple of days to see Quantum of Solace, and I think I will be getting one of those sofas.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that this cinema is the oldest in the whole of London. Definitely take a visit.
The Electric cinema is a legend. One of those still with character and loyal to its roots with truly beautiful old-fashioned interior with wide seats, big enough to curl up and just feel cozy. Showing often more independent, art, foreign or alternative movies, from just one screen, makes the place very authentic and rare thing to find.
The specialty is that on the back they have some sofas and huge armchairs. You are also allowed to take your drinks with you, and by drinks I mean something like Martini or glass of wine. They have a proper bar so this experience is very different from what the regular mega super chains has to offer. I love it!
I LOVE the Electric. Yes it is expensive but you feel like you are getting an old fashioned atmospheric cinema experience rather than a big chain. The leather chairs with footstools are to die for and you can enjoy your movie with a glass (or bottle) of red wine in hand and one of their amazing chocolate brownies. One word of warning don't just try to rock up you will need to book well in advance - bookings open for the week after on Friday mornings.
Artistic cinema perfection! Lounge in comfortable leather recliners, kick your feet up on the footstool, and watch intelligent films while having tea or espresso. They have a variety of gourmet foods for snacking, such as cheese and crackers, or hummus with pita bread. This place is truly delightful and one of the best movie-going experiences ever.
I love this place - as soon as you walk inside you feel a bit like you have been transported back in time when going to the cinema was really a full-on occasion! The big leather armchairs and sofas give it an altogether cosier feel than the cineplexs of today and they even have waiters and little tables so you can order food to where you sit. Great place to take a date if you want to impress him/her with more than a widescreen and a combo popcorn deal.
The Electric cinema on Portobello Road is a what I would describe as a great cinematic experience. Combined with a private members club, restaurant and bar, the Electric offers more than just a picture house. Serving champagne and salmon balls as opposed to pop corn and skittels in the screening area, the venue is definately a step above the rest in terms of a quality evening out at the pictures. With a choice of comfortable chairs and sofas to choose from, kick back and take in a film of your choice!
possibly one of the most fabulous places to visit the cinema in London - you'll never be able to go to the Odeon again.
Yes, it's more expensive than a normal cinema, but what you pay is what you get: over stuffed sofas, footstools, a bar at the back with interesting snackettes, door men to shoo away the riff raff... (ok, maybe not the last one, but it's getting there...)
Tip for men: would make a fantastic choice for a first date. Book a table at the next door brasserie and you'll definitely be asked in for coffee
Yep, love this place. Padded leather armchairs, food & alcohol to hand. what's not to like? Book early though and its sometimes difficult to get tickets as the private members club above gets priority booking. They also do kids films on weekdays/saturday mornings.
Whenever i come to london the electric normally gets a visit. If its for food or the cinema it always provides a good serice. Apart form when they ran out of milk during the breakfast serice.
Want to see a movie in real comfort, with your beer in a seat that competes with your sofa at home, well you'll get this at the Electric Cinema!
One of the best in town. If a little expensive.
Oh. Em. Gee. I love this cinema, if I had the choice and was incredibly rich I'd go and see every film here. But I'll settle on it being a treat or for special occasions.
The seats are massive leather affairs and insanely comfortable...oh and whats that you say? Your very own foot stool and mini coffee table? Yes please. There's also a small bar at the back where you can get just about any drink, so expect much more than a cup of fizzy pop and some stale popcorn.
Accordingly the refreshments are equally extravagant with extravagant price tags. But if you're going to shell out the money required to see a film here you may as well go all out. This really is the epitome of a luxury cinema experience.
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