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Watching Frozen at the Electric Cinema, Notting Hill London

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In years to come, when people ask Gwen about her very first trip to the cinema, she’s unlikely to remember it. After all, she’s only two-and-a-half. BUT, as far as first experiences go, you’d have to try pretty hard to beat Gwen’s debut at the flicks.

We were lucky enough to have been invited to a private screening of Frozen, at the Electric Cinema, on Portobello Road in Notting Hill, London.

outside of Electric Cinema Notting Hill

The Electric Cinema Notting Hill is on Portobello Road.

What is the Electric Cinema Notting Hill?

Electric Cinema Notting Hill address: 191 Portobello Rd, London W11 2ED

This was my first time at the Electric Cinema Portobello, which is on the other side of London from where we live. It opened its doors to the public all the way back in 1911, and carried on showing films throughout WWII. (They issued refunds if the air-raid siren sounded, and they had to evacuate the building!) The interior reflects an old-school charm, with a colour scheme of gilt accompanied by a stately red. Every filmgoer reclines in comfort; the cinema is furnished with cosy armchairs, footstools and table lamps. It’s a real cinema de lux.

Seat in the Electric Cinema Notting Hill

Electric Cinema seat, with a cushion from the White Company’s ‘Knights of the Round Table’ range for our special event.

And – much to our excitement, when we arrived early and had the pick of all the seats – the front row is made up of….KING-SIZED BEDS. (In fact, they might have been even bigger than King size. You could certainly fit two adults and two children onto one, with room to spare….)

Inside of the Electric Cinema Notting Hill

Cinema seat/bed, with bedding from the White Company’s ‘London’ range

There’s more than one Electric Cinema

As well as Notting Hill, there’s now also an Electric Cinema in White City London. At both cinemas you can expect a luxurious experience, with cocktails on sale at the bar and private hire available.

The Electric Cinema Portobello was dressed by the White Company for this one special occasion

The Electric Cinema was dressed with quilts, cushions and soft toys from the White Company’s children’s bedding ranges, including their Autumn collection. This featured four themes: Knights of the Round Table (applique medieval-inspired motifs); English Garden (embroidered, vintage-style detailed floral prints – this one was my own personal favourite); Safari (animal motifs, aimed at babies and younger children); and the set that Gwen plumped for when we were picking out our bed, Circus (featuring bright colours and hand-placed animals).

girl eating popcorn in the Electric Cinema Notting Hill

My daughter tucked into the popcorn.

We were treated to popcorn (or ‘potcorn’, as Gwen charmingly put it) and drinks before settling down to watch the film. And, as far as first cinematic experiences go, this was a fine one for our youngest. She’d watched Frozen at home already, and although she wasn’t quite old enough to stay rapt throughout a whole film, it was one of her favourites.

Girl sitting on bed in the Electric Cinema

Excitement mounted as the curtains opened….

Watching Frozen from a bed

I LOVED snuggling up with her on the bed. The White Company quilts added an extra touch of fun to the whole experience. I’m hoping that Gwen doesn’t expect beds every time we go to the cinema, and she was a tad confused by them: at one point she popped her head up off my chest and said ‘but why are we sleeping, Mummy? It’s the daytime!’ Towards the end, she became more fascinated by the ladies room, with its scented handcream, than the film. After a half-hour spent traipsing backwards and forwards to the toilet, the film ended, and Gwen wailed ‘but now I’ve MISSED FROZEN!’

All was put right, however, by a stage invasion led by a dozen or so children, who stormed the area in front of the screen after the close of the film; danced around for a couple of minutes; then were ushered off by worried-looking cinema staff. Gwen (just about the smallest of the bunch) perked up at that little bit of mischievous merriment.

Have you been to the Electric Cinema Notting Hill?

As well as Frozen the film, we were also lucky enough to see Frozen on Ice, at the O2. You can read about it here.

Disclosure: we were invited to a private screening of Frozen at the Electric Cinema by The White Company, and were given a small bag of samples afterwards. All views expressed here are my own.

31 Comments

  • Sharon Powell
    October 6, 2014 at 7:08 am

    sounds like you had a great day. The products are lovely, the cushions are my favourite, I will have to check out their websites x

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  • mellissa williams
    October 6, 2014 at 7:20 am

    What a lovely experience! It looks really gorgeous inside and of course she got to see Frozen (well some of it lol)

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  • You Baby Me Mummy
    October 6, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Wow! This looks like an amazing experience. What a stunning cinema x

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  • Franglaise Mummy
    October 6, 2014 at 8:32 am

    It was lovely to see you too – Gwen was so well behaved! I didn’t dare bring our nearly 2 year old as she would have been wailing I think! What a great first cinema experience 🙂 x

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    • Nell
      October 6, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      It certainly was! I think Gwen was overwhelmed into good behaviour…at least, until she joined in with the stage-storming episode…

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  • Actually Mummy...
    October 6, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Ooh you got a bed! Lovely to see you, albeit briefly – she looks so happy in that picture 🙂

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    • Nell
      October 6, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Yes, we were very lucky. I’m still excited about that bed now!

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  • Rachel
    October 6, 2014 at 9:28 am

    It sounds as though you had a fantastic time, what a beautiful cinema too x

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  • Jess Howliston
    October 6, 2014 at 9:54 am

    wow that cinema looks amazing! The cushions are so cute too! Although I think I would fall asleep on the bed lol! x

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    • Nell
      October 6, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      I almost did! 😉

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  • A Mum in London
    October 6, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Oh my, this cinema has the most comfortable seating in the world! And the circus cushion is way too cute!

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  • Jen aka The Mad House
    October 6, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Oh that looks like an ace way to see Frozen and what a great way to share this seasons products too.

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    • Nell
      October 6, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      It really was unique. A lovely idea.

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  • Ryan Costello
    October 6, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Great timing! Snuggle season has certainly arrived today…

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    • Nell
      October 6, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      Brrrr yes it has indeed!

      Reply
  • ninjacat
    October 6, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    beautiful and I adore their products as well x

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  • Louisa
    October 6, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    It sounds like a wonderful event. What a beautiful cinema with the added bonus of beautiful bedding.

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  • Mina Joshi
    October 6, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Oh wow- what luxury when going to see a movie!!

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  • VaiChin @RamblingThroughParenthood
    October 6, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    What a lovely way to watch her first film in cinema! Wish more cinemas looked and felt like that. I would go more often, for sure x Btw, am with you about matching avatars to real-life bloggers. Am rubbish at it 🙂

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  • nessjibberjabberuk
    October 6, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    What a lovely experience at such a fabulous cinema. There may have been a chance of me falling asleep though with beds at a cinema!

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  • Healthier Mummy
    October 7, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Ooh, I love the White Company and Frozen. And lounging around on a bed to watch the movie sounds idyllic.

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  • Lori
    October 7, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    What an amazing experience to have! A bed in a cinema and to see Frozen too! What a lucky girl! x

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  • Shell Louise
    October 8, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Oh wow, I wish our cinema had big comfy chairs and beds! It looks like an amazing place 🙂

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  • Polly
    October 8, 2014 at 10:33 am

    what a great first trip to the cinema!

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  • Globalmouse
    October 8, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    What a cool looking cinema – I love that it’s got such a long history. And the London quilt is gorgeous.

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  • wendy
    October 9, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    That looks so comfy, great you had a good time. Thanks for sharing x

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  • Sylvia @ Happiness is homemade
    October 9, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Looks like you had a great time! I would love to be there too, snuggled in one of those lovely huge beds with The White Company stuff 😀

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  • Carolynne @ Mummy Endeavours
    October 9, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Ooh looks fab. I would’ve loved this event with my little girl x

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  • Fritha Strickland
    October 10, 2014 at 9:08 am

    so cute! I saw a few pics of this on my IG feed so interesting to see what it was like! xx

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  • Kara
    October 11, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Sounds like a wonderful day out – Eliza would have been one of the ones storming the stage lol

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  • Helen @ Witty Hoots
    October 13, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Sounds like a brilliant day – definitely a memory maker!

    Reply

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