Redgrave Clan Open Fire on Developers to Save Art Deco Cinema
Josh Pettitt; Maxine Frith, The Evening Standard (London, England)
VANESSA Redgrave and her family have vowed to continue fighting a development which involves the demolition of their local cinema.
Developers say they have amended the regeneration project for the town hall site in Hammersmith and listened to residents' concerns after Boris Johnson blocked the plans two years ago. But the new proposals, due to be submitted this summer, still include bulldozing King Street's art deco cinema which opened in 1936. It would be replaced by a smaller 200-seat picture house on a different site.
Celebrities including actors Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes and Colin Firth objected to the original plans, which included a supermarket on the site of the old cinema. Hammersmith and Fulham council withdrew the scheme after the Mayor said he would not approve it.
Redgrave saw her first film, Henry V, at the cinema in 1946 when it was the 2,000-seater Regal and had an organist. The Oscarwinning actress, who has a home in Chiswick, still visits the cinema with her grandchildren. …