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Directors: Bart Govaert, Nicholas Jones, David Thaddeus, Faisal Yousuf, Mike Taylor, Lucy Burnham, Gillian Trotman, Peter Truesdale, James Lewis, Jag Takhar and Amanda Mason
Retired Directors: Maire Lowe and Douglas Carnegie.
Advisors: Natasha Patel (BID), David Ahlquist (Locality)
Laura Williams (AHF)
Acton Arts Project and ActOne Cinema –
The Story So Far
Our story begins with an empty building on Acton High Street, and a group of local residents - all of whom felt passionately about the fate of the historic Passmore Edwards Old Library. This group campaigned for over four years to return the building back to community use, and in April 2021 the lease was signed with the London Borough of Ealing, and the work began.
A team of over one hundred volunteers leapt into action and helped clear, clean, and paint the building before our contractors moved in to build our first screen. With the operational support of the Rio Cinema in Dalston, ActOne Cinema officially opened on 8th October 2021.
The building remains at the heart of our project - despite its iconic appearance, its status as an Asset of Community Value, its history and its central location, it has not been of any benefit to the community since it closed in 2014. That is, until now!
We have two 60-seat screening rooms fully equipped with the latest digital technology, a beautiful lounge where the children’s library once was, and a café ready to serve you with drinks and snacks to take into the cinema.
Thanks to the team at the Rio, our film programme brings you the latest quality independent films, world cinema, documentaries, film festival screenings and film-maker events, as well as the occasional quality blockbuster. We run weekly parent & baby screenings, a kid’s club children’s film every Saturday morning, relaxed screenings for our neurodivergent customers, and monthly classic matinees (with biscuits!) Our second screen allows us to increase the variety and range of our programme, and we are particularly grateful to the Acton BID for their major contribution to its creation – it would not have happened without their support.