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The Everyman, in Heath Street, Hampstead, London, opened as a cinema on 26 December 1933.
The building was first opened as the Hampstead Drill Hall and Assembly Rooms in the 1880s. Later it was transformed into a theatre, the Everyman Theatre, which opened in 1920 under the direction of Norman MacDermott (1890–1977) with the first British production of Jacinto Benavente's The Bonds of Interest (Los intereses creados, 1907). You Never Can Tell, opened two weeks later and was a success, leading to the performance of more revivals from George Bernard Shaw. Another notable performance is that of Noël Coward's The Vortex, which was first performed there.
Sir Gerald du Maurier presided at the opening of the Everyman and the first programme consisted of Le Million, Turbulent Timber, a Mack Sennett comedy, a Disney cartoon and Paramount News.
The cinema was threatened with closure in 2000. It was bought by Everyman Cinemas group.
Now retitled as the 'Everyman Hampstead', the cinema shows films and special events, including the Metropolitan Opera from New York and the National Theatre, live Q&As, film festivals and seasons. The venue features a fully licensed bar and restaurant,, and digital technology by way of Sony Digital 4K projectors and Dolby Digital surround sound.
The cinema is referred to in the song, 'Hampstead Incident' by Donovan, with the line, "Standing by the Everyman, digging the rigging of my sails."
Everyman Cinema Reviews
The Everyman does everything right except for the late publication of its film programmes. Why does Hampstead need SO much longer then every other cinema to decide what films are being shown ? 4 days.... more »
Everyman cinema is what going to the movies should be. Comfy, great sound. Nice screens. Delicious food and great drinks. Bring this franchise to California since this is what going to the movies is..... more »
A cinema dedicated to catering true film lovers. Screenings are intimate (only about 10 or so rows), but not tiny, with comfortable arm chair and sofa seating, small tables for hot and cold drinks, and snacks/small meals. It's like watching a movie in a home cinema, if your home is kitted out with a massive screen and the best sound system! No loud, heckling crowds. I don't know if I can go back to commercial viewings anymore!
Such a great atmosphere. Staff are friendly, food is good and have only ever had good experiences here. Definitely worth paying a bit more for. Also the sofa seating - my SO is 6"4 and only in an Everyman does he have plenty of legroom.
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