Windmill International

17-19 Great Windmill Street,
London, W1D 7LF

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janaeyx on June 1, 2018 at 7:42 pm

my great grandfather Ludwig Schlentheim was the owner of Somerald and Co, the first owners of Palais de Luxe in London opened in 1909.

My great grandfather went bankrupt due to anti-german racist sentiment of the investers of the theatre. He died in his car crossing a London bridge, probably from a heart attack from stress. He was also a founding member of the AA in 1905 which is still in existence today. The love of film continued through the family and my father Jeff Seaholme was an Ealing cameraman filming many of the comedies and hand picked by Charles Chaplin to film ‘A King in New York’. he also filmed Polanski’s cul-de-sac.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 20, 2017 at 7:59 pm

No mention here of the West End musical version of “Mrs. Henderson Presents”. I love this theatre’s history.

ProjectionistKevin on April 19, 2017 at 11:35 am

I worked over the road from that when it was Paul Raymond live sex show in the classic Gt Windmill street Jo Bradford worked there too when studios 1 & 2 was made in to 4 .it ended up as a video game arcade

woody on October 8, 2007 at 7:03 am

recent shot of the windmill forms the background to one of my new pieces of work for a gallery show that opens in december.
The Windmill is still one of the “old school sleazey” neon gems of Soho that are rapidly dissappearing

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 24, 2005 at 8:25 am

Some more exterior photographs of the Windmill Theatre:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 20, 2005 at 1:47 pm

Some more history and illustrations here:
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