If you’re a cinema lover in the city, you will welcome the announcement that the Barbican is to open two new cinemas in London in the City based arts complex in September of this year.
The Barbican is Europe’s biggest multi-arts and conference venue, which presents a diverse mix of art, music, films and events, with its two new cinemas in London aiming to, according to the Barbican’s Press Office, “deliver a world-class programme of specialist, international cinema, live events and quality new releases across all three screens.”
The interiors of the Barbican’s new cinemas are being designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects, and will include a “stunning street-level entrance, two auditoria each with 156 seats, an in-house restaurant and an in-house bar.
Talking about the aims of the new City cinemas, Nicholas Kenyon, the Barbican’s managing director, said:
“Barbican cinemas are uniquely placed offering world class cinema within an international arts centre as well as a local cinema for the City.”
Located in the heart of the City of London, the Barbican Centre itself is home to three restaurants, a library, a concert hall where the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra are based, and a conservatory.
It cost £161 million to build and was opened by the Queen in 1982. It is owned, funded and managed by the City of London Corporation, the UK’s third largest arts funder. Architecturally the Barbican Centre has been the subject of much dispute, with some referring to it as “London’s ugliest building” with “bush-hammered aggregate concrete”, and other seeing it as a “modernist masterpiece.”
Its maze of corridors, ramps and multiple levels is a main source of complaint among some Barbican Centre visitors, especially those visiting for the first time.
Although the two new cinemas in London cannot stand accused of possessing such entry confusion as they will be accessed directly from a street level entrance via Beech Street.