Classic Praed Street

5 Praed Street,
London, W2 1NJ

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Ali Ismail
Ali Ismail on July 24, 2011 at 1:37 pm

I worked as a relief manager at this cinema under ‘Lucky Perera.’ It showed soft porn such as Emmanuelle in Tokyo. This was in 1979-1980.

smoothie on February 14, 2010 at 6:20 am

I think that photo is more likley to be 1966/67, Ken. “Southwest to Sonora” wasn’t released until October 27,1966 at the Leicester Square Theatre. Maybe my dates are mixed up though!

Ian on December 26, 2007 at 8:14 am

A picture taken just after closure can be found here :–

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JFM on January 10, 2007 at 2:54 am

As a young assistant manager in the 80’s with Classic cinemas, i got to work relief shifts at a lot of these small, grotty little cinemas they had at the time.

To be honest, it was money for old rope – they didn’t take much managing, you could just open the place up, give the cashiers their floats and spend the rest of the day reading a book until closing time.

Odd place this one, very small, just a little paybox on the front, a couple of toilets (it was always best to use the ladies, as no one ever used them and they were much cleaner…), and a small auditorium with a noisy and creaky wooden floor.

The managers office was underneath the screen – it made it very interesting when you were on the phone to friends, and they wondered what the moaning and groaning was…:)