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|Gate Swings Open to the Past
- Notting Hill cinema handed listed status by English Heritage
ONE OF London's oldest cinemas has been recognised as a listed building following a study by English Heritage.
The Gate cinema in Notting Hill, which dates back to the Edwardian era, is one of 32 classic cinemas across the country to be granted the protected status. Announcing the results, Arts Minister Alan Howarth said: "The cinemas of the last century are part of everyone's heritage. It is fitting at the turn of the century that we review this wonderful legacy of buildings and take action to preserve them."
The study was conducted after growing fears over the threat of demolition posed to classic pictures houses, many of which have been around since the early days of the silver screen.
Oscar-winning film producer David Puttnam, an ardent supporter of the scheme, said: "Too many wonderful cinemas have been demolished or altered out of recognition. We now have to make sure that those few amazing cinemas that do survive continue to exist for another 50 years."