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A petition signed by 25,000 people calling for the Kensington Odeon to be saved will be handed in to government on Thursday afternoon.

Actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Kristin Scott-Thomas and Sir Ian McKellen, director and writer Richard Curtis, and legendary guitarists Brian May from Queen and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page have all signed up to fight plans to replace the historic cinema with flats and a new pucturehouse.

Names have been collected on the petition over 10 years, and have been physically signed by 20,000 people.

At 4pm, it will be handed in to the Department of Culture Media and Sport in Parliament Street, Westminster.

It will be addressed to the Secretary of State for Culture Media & Sport John Whittingale.

Campaigners hope that celebrity supporters such as Cumberbatch will be present.

Director Paul Wiffen, who has been part of the campaign to save the cinema since 2007 will be handing in the petition which has been available to sign online on the 38 Degrees website.

It reads: “We risk losing a magnificent iconic community venue. Kensington does not need any more empty luxury flats being bought up by foreign investors.”

Apart from its striking Art Deco appearance, the High Street cinema boasts a stunning marble staircase and a mosaic floor in the foyer.

The campaign to save the cinema was started by Don Walker and also headed by Caroline McLean, who have helped organise and take part in demonstrations outside and inside the cinema, such as the one in 2012 featured in the gallery above.

The curtain is due to come down on the cinema on Bank Holiday Monday (August 31) evening when it shows its final films.

The real estate investment and advisory company Delancey is developing the cinema site.