Tussaud's Cinema

Marylebone Road,
London, NW1 5LR

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Tussaud's Cinema

Built on the site of the 300 seat, Madame Tussaud’s Cinema which was opened in 1909 and was destroyed by fire in 1925. Opened on 26th April 1928 with Maria Corda in “Helen of Troy”. It was adjacent to the new Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum which also contained a restaurant and dance hall. The cinema entrance was to the immediate West of the building almost adjacent to Baker Street railway/tube station.

Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels and the cinema was equipped witrh a Wurlitzer model F theatre organ. John Maxwell, of Associated British Cinemas(ABC) became chairman of the Madame Tussaud company in February 1929 and the cinema was booked by ABC (but not operated by them).

It was destroyed by German bombs during the Blitz in on the night of 9th/10th September 1940. The main waxworks part of the building was not so badly damaged. Later the London Planetarium was built on the cinema site; the Planetarium building has since been incorporated into Madame Tussaud’s and no longer is used for shows based on astronomy. It is now referred to a the Sky Dome and features an animated programme about celebrities.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

kencmcintyre on September 20, 2007 at 9:42 am

There was a Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum on the Atlantic City boardwalk in the seventies. I did’t know there was more than one.

CSWalczak on September 20, 2007 at 10:19 am

On p. 23 of the May, 2007 of the newsletter of the Hollywood Heritage organization (available at: View link) is a copy of a 1934 program for the Tussaud’s Cinema, and a small picture of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (later known as the Queen Mum) inspecting the ruins of the Tussaud Cinema can be found here: http://100years.upi.com/photogallery.html

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 20, 2007 at 11:39 am

The Madame Tussaud’s Waxworks building and the (then recently closed) London Planetarium that I photographed in October 2004:

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 26, 2010 at 10:16 am

Details and photographs of the console of the Wurlitzer organ which was installed in the Tussaud’s Cinema:

CSWalczak on May 27, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Here is a drawing of how the Tussaud’s building looked before the bombs destroyed the theater portion of the building: View link

MovieGeek2013 on September 2, 2015 at 5:52 pm

The dome is now a 4D cinema that shows a short 10 minute Marvel Hereos 4D film. The image is projected onto a screen located on the dome wall and additional images are projected around the dome. The film is projected using 2 digital projectors.

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