Calm down, it doesn’t exist and there’s not even a plan. But apart from those small obstacles it does sound good doesn’t it? A brief tweet last night (n.b. all tweets are brief) from @julie_twickers sparked a flurry of retweets and responses. What did she say? Well, she simply said: “Wouldn’t it be great to have a cinema back in Twickenham? How could we progress this idea? @twickerati @twickenhamlocal @AmyDyduch”. Did we say ‘flurry’ of retweets? It was more like a bloody frenzy. A Twickenham-esque restrained frenzy, perhaps.
So could it work? Would it work? And where would it be? And who would go there? And why? Enough already! You’ve probably got the idea by now. A multiplex? That’s not going to happen. An arty little affair showing the better class of films just like Richmond Filmhouse? Well, that’s a maybe because Richmond Filmhouse is no more – it’s the Curzon Richmond these days, part of a small chain. How about something like the Olympic Cinema in Barnes showing films with a trendy cafe bar to boot? Sounds good but would it be sustainable in Twickenham? Perhaps.
The planned ‘Twickenham Theatre‘ in the space upstairs at the London Road bar says it will show films. Or how about the cultural venue proposed as part of the Brewery Wharf development (aka former Royal Mail Sorting Office) opposite Twickenham station? All good. But there’s a difference between showing films and having a cinema… in a dedicated space, with comfy cinema seats, first rate sound and that whole ‘experience’ thing going on.
A Twickenham Filmhouse? When it comes to the if, when, where and why, only you know the answer to that but perhaps it really is time for someone to step forward? Someone with very, very deep pockets, of course.