Everyman Cinema, Muswell Hill


This grade II* listed George Coles designed cinema, dating back to 1934, is the best surviving example of the German Expressionist style, with the most elaborate interior of any Odeon Cinema nationwide.

Until the summer of 2015, the cinema was occupied by Odeon. Everyman then acquired the site and Firstplan has worked with their designers, Fusion DNA, to secure a series of refurbishment works throughout to facilitate Everyman’s occupation, including the reinstatement of the magnificent lower stalls which had been abandoned for the last forty years. The project presented the challenge of sensitively restoring the cinema to its original beauty, whilst ensuring that the renovations incorporated the flexibility and bespoke décor of the Everyman brand to create a viable 21st Century business. The project included detailed negotiations with Historic England and Haringey Council, and the coordination of a public exhibition.

Firstplan successfully secured planning permission and listed building consent for the refurbishment of the entire building, the addition of two new pod screens within the circle, to create five screens ranging from 40-250 seats, and works to enable the re-opening of the lower stalls. As well as the screens, the cinema also offers two bars, a restaurant and outside space.

Firstplan is delighted to have been shortlisted for The Planning Awards 2017 for our work on this project in the category ‘Award for best use of arts, culture or sport in placemaking’ and ‘Award for best use of heritage in placemaking’.