The public piazza will be surrounded by a collection of shops, restaurants and cafés, as well as a new cinema operated by Picturehouse. Inspired by the cinematic history of the site and the former art deco of an Empire Cinema, Picturehouse will open a 1000 seat eight screen cinema, reminiscent of Ealing's heritage as the heart of the British film industry.
There will also be a piazza home to a high-quality mix of shops and restaurants including Vapiano, offering a wonderful relaxed Italian dining experience, and Planet Organic, the UK's largest certified organic supermarket.
Filmworks will complement neighbouring Dickens Yard which is just across the road and already home to a variety of shops, restaurants and cafés including Gail's Bakery, Jigsaw, Tonkotsu, Pasta Remoli, triyoga, The Kumon Centre, Blo Bar, Charlotte's W5 and Benham & Reeves. Dickens Yard is an important part of the regeneration of Ealing Broadway with 700 new homes, over an acre of landscaped public realm including a new public square and 100,000 sq ft of retail space. The regeneration of Ealing is timed to coincide with the arrival of the Elizabeth Line.
The unique design for Filmworks, includes a sensitive restoration of the art deco façade, which was originally built in 1939 as a Forum Theatre. The stunning façade facing the high street on New Broadway, has been retained, whilst new public spaces have been created with a pedestrian link connecting Bond Street and Walpole Park.
Filmworks will provide over 200 contemporary one-bedroom Manhattan, one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses, each with custom-design fitted kitchens, elegant bathrooms and open plan living areas. In addition, Filmworks will offer a selection of new homes specifically designed for first time buyers who live or work in the London Borough of Ealing.