Rambert sells building to cinema group
Rambert Dance Company has sold its current building in west London to an independent cinema group.
If successful in its planning application to local council London Borough of Hounslow, Picturehouse Cinemas will convert the Chiswick property to a cinema facility with five screens, a bar and cafe.
The group will celebrate the building’s heritage by including an exhibition of posters and photography that pay tribute to Rambert’s connection with the site.
Rambert expects to move to its new purpose-built £19 million headquarters on the South Bank this autumn.
The new site is part of a major development on Doon Street, which will see a temporary car park turned into a space that includes a public swimming pool and indoor leisure centre, flats, an educational building and a new town square adjacent to Waterloo Bridge.
Nadia Stern, chief executive of Rambert Dance Company, said: “Rambert is delighted that the building that has been our home for more than 40 years will continue to make a high quality contribution to the cultural life of the area. We have loved being in Chiswick but have outgrown our premises, hence the need to build new headquarters. We are especially pleased that all the years we have spent here will be commemorated when the new cinema opens.”