When KT acquired the Coronet in 2004 some local people feared that it would be converted into a church. Eight years later, it is still a cinema, and one of the most popular independent ones in London!
As the Coronet featured in the film Notting Hill (1999) starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, it is well-known around the world. Recently, a major German magazine approached us to do a feature on it. Expect to see more German tourists in the Coronet! Our regular cinema-goers love our affordable ticket prices. A visitor wrote recently about the Coronet, "A definite London gem! Living right around the corner from here, this is one of my favourite movie spots. Especially because of their student night ticket price which made going to see a move actually affordable!"
Another visitor wrote, "The Coronet is true Old Skool cinema, and at the prices it charges (especially on a Tuesday) you really cannot beat it." In 2004, after our acquisition, Senior Minister Colin Dye articulated the Coronet's vision as a bridge to the community, an evangelistic opportunity and a centre for artistic excellence.
Our local community values the fact that we have preserved the building for cinema use, and this goodwill extends to the media industries. You will often see the Coronet as a backdrop in the news, TV programmes such as Great Movie Mistakes on BBC, or as the venue for independent film premieres.
The Coronet now has over 2,000 fans on Facebook, and over 1,200 followers on Twitter. You can also book the Coronet for your event. If you want to know more please visit www.coronet.org for more info.
Colin's vision about the Coronet as an evangelistic opportunity has become a reality, as many people have given their lives to Jesus at one of our evangelistic events there. On Thursday 28th June the Men's Net will bring Tony Anthony, a former criminal and kung fu champion to the Coronet. This is a great event to bring unsaved friends.
But in fact you can bring your unsaved friends to the Coronet every week! Every Sunday at 11am hundreds of people gather to our Coronet live link service - an ideal place to invite people who might be reluctant to visit a 'regular' church.
Our vision for the Coronet is for it to be a centre for artistic excellence. To highlight this we are launching the Coronet Short Film Awards in the autumn. The theme is 'My Olympics' and there is no age limit. The videos should be 1min-5min long and shot on smartphones, although professionally shot and edited videos will also be accepted. The emphasis is on creativity rather than measuring who has the access to professional filmmaking kit.
The top three films will be screened at the Coronet live link service in September. All the entries will be viewable via the Coronet's Facebook page and KT website.