Peacock Theatre

Portugal Street,
London, WC2A 2HT

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goodshow on August 13, 2016 at 1:50 pm

In answer to Tom Orchard (21 August 2014) I have Night Games listed at the then Royalty from 1st December 1966.

cultman1 on August 11, 2016 at 2:38 am

Does anyone have a photo or two they could post when the Royalty was a Cinerama Theatre . I would also like to see how big the screen was?

JR on September 16, 2014 at 2:51 pm

I remember seeing Ben Hur here . Wow. What a movie and a fantastic cinema. Unusual to go downstairs to a basement but a magnicent setting for what I consider the greatest movie ever made. I heard about this actor who I recall was in The Ten Commandments who was in it. Charlton Heston did everything right in being the main character Judah Ben Hur. I remember the round of applause that broke out in the audience in the chariot race sequence where Ben Hur’s chariot leaps over the wreck of two others. ( In reality the second unit directors son, Joe Cannut performed the fist part of the leap and through careful editing Heston is shown crawling back into the chariot ( still a tricky manoeuvre for an actor ) ) Fond memories for me.

Tom Orchard
Tom Orchard on August 21, 2014 at 7:27 am

I believe Mai Zetterling’s ultra-controversial Swedish language film, Night Games, was shown here in December 1966.

delta on August 9, 2014 at 2:01 am

I saw The Golden Head at the Theatre Royal Cinerama in Manchester. It was an ‘okay’ movie with some good action sequences but was never shown in USA until recently.

Ian on August 11, 2007 at 11:45 am

A couple of 1988 pictures of the Royalty Theatre here:–

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DennisJOBrien on February 1, 2007 at 10:51 pm

I enjoyed seeing “2001: A Space Odyssey” in 70mm here at the Royalty during the summer of 1969. It had a huge screen and a good sound system for a cinema in the basement of a building. We had to take a taxi to the address on Portugal Street, as we had no idea where it was. Actually, it is right off the Kingsway below High Holborn. I hope it will continue to be successful as a live stage for Sadler’s Wells and the Peacock Theater.

Cinerama on June 2, 2005 at 6:01 am

More information on “The Golden Head” can be found at

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 27, 2005 at 7:14 am

“The Golden Head” was the first new Cinerama single lens (ie 70mm) production made by Cinerama itself, in collaboration with Hungarofilms, this was originally announced as being titled “Milly Goes To Budapest”. It played at the Royalty with the Cinerama short “Fortress of Peace”.

RobertR on March 26, 2005 at 5:13 pm

I never heard of the Cinerama film called “The Golden Head” can anyone shed some light on it?