The White Hart / Kenninghall Cinema

The White Hart a huge pub on Lower Clapton Road that was the controversial Chimes at some point and is now closed (looking for a buyer) In 1880’s: A Second Look: A photography record of a walk through Hackney in 1890?s and todayAnd now From Emily Webber on flickrSee more Hackney cinemas here:”


  1. It is an eye sore at the moment, been closed for a few years now.

  2. Probably a little better now than when it was Chimes. I really hope someone buys it and restores it (cinema on ones side and pub on the other), as it’s an amazing building. Did you notice the White Hart statue on the 1880s one?

  3. Here’s a nice (if small) photo from Friends of Clapton Cinema

  4. I’ve noticed the white hart statue now!

  5. Some more on the history of the cinema

  6. And a bigger photo from the Hackney Archives

  7. July 1983 From Old Cinema photos

  8. Another great pic from dusashenka on Flickr

  9. Another great pic from dusashenka on Flickr

  10. The demise of the cinema as a cinema seems to be attributed to the building of the newer, much larger ABC Clapton on the other side of St James’ church, where there’s a care home (I think) now.There are pictures at Images of Yesterday and Dusashenka’s Flickr.I was curious about how much the buildings are on the market for. It looks like they’re being sold seperately with the pub now under offer: seems that previous planning applications to change its usage have been rejected so I wonder if there’s hope for it to reopen as a pub?”

  11. blimey , they are expecting £1.5m for the pub, and £850,000 for the cinema – I can’t see them getting that much at the moment.

  12. The purple frontage is 1930’s and hides the original facade.More details on the website here a petition to save, restore and re-use it here

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