Dominion Theatre

268-269 Tottenham Court Road,
London, W1T 5AQ

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cultman1 on August 11, 2016 at 5:13 am

it certainly does although I must say as a 10 year old seeing the matinee of the SOM in March 1966 it looked enormous

vindanpar on August 7, 2016 at 8:03 am

46 ft seems pretty small for a screen for a major London roadshow house.

Especially for films like SOM, Cleopatra and Lawrence.

cultman1 on January 27, 2016 at 10:43 am

couldn’t agree more. Maybe Ken Roe has some photos he could post? It is astonishing there are no photos of these TODD AO screens surviving anywhere? Also I would love to see photos of The Astoria screen and Metropole Victoria screens too from this famous period…

vindanpar on January 27, 2016 at 10:35 am

Interesting that a theater of this enormous size could show South Pacific for 4 years and Sound of Music for 3(maybe longer if 20th Century didn’t want it for Star. It was pulled from NY’s Rivoli despite management’s objections because the studio wanted it for Sand Pebbles.)

I too would love to see interior photos from its roadshow days.

cultman1 on January 27, 2016 at 9:10 am

Good remembering these golden days I just wish someone had a photo of the screen during the Todd AO days at this landmark cinema

boristhebassman on January 27, 2016 at 8:16 am

My first visit to a west end cinema was to see South Pacific – an experience still very much in my memory nearly 60 years later.

cultman1 on August 28, 2015 at 2:51 pm

regrettably no. The Dominion has reverted back to theatre events. I would have gone like a shot… Has anyone a photo of the Todd AO screen installed at the Dominion from 1958-1974 when roadshows were a staple diet of this venue… would be fascinated to see…

goodshow on August 28, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Query to cultman (Feb 19, 2015) did it ever happen- a 50th screening of The Sound of Music at the Dominion?

DavidZornig on August 27, 2015 at 10:00 pm

Just added an incredible photo of The Court Theatre in 1927, a year or two before being torn down to build the Dominion Theatre. Credit: Stockholm Transport Museum Photo, courtesy of the Who Knows East – Old Photographs Facebook page. Since The Court Theatre has no CT page, and occupied the same site and address as the Dominion Theatre, I posted it here.

cultman1 on February 19, 2015 at 10:56 am

With the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music Movie this year and The Dominion’s 50th anniversary of the UK premiere next month, wouldn’t it be wonderful if they could stage a Todd AO screening to celebrate this important landmark in the theatre’s history? They are currently in between progammes there….

cultman1 on February 19, 2015 at 10:50 am

it is interesting to see The Dominion is showing movies again as at February 18th 2015, even if it is just Disney’s Frozen sing a long. I wonder if the original projection box and screen area is being used?

3payne on April 23, 2013 at 9:54 am

My father was manager of this cinema late 1950’s possibly early 1960’s…he met several stars Judy garland etc..

rasLXR on March 19, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Michael Zoldessy posted in commentary about South Pacific I have added my post onto here. SOUTH PACIFIC AT THE DOMINION 55th Anniversary on 21st April 2013. The film ran 4 years and 22 weeks. The Dominion used one show print and one stand by print, the show print was used throughout the run apart from a few shows when the show print was sent for cleaning on those occasions the stand by was run. The projection team were awarded a special bonus by the distributor at the end of the run for their care and professionalism. I noticed John Carpenter in the documentary side by side saying how the prints of Titanic were falling to bits out of the projectors, if he had been more accurate he should have said that film is not the problem in exhibition but the lack of skilled projection staff is the problem. I ran the last show on the Dominions DP70’s (A Star Is Born with B.Streisand also 70mm print) the booth was removed and the film continued the next day from the new booth with Vic 8s at the rear of the circle. This was the 3rd booth in the Dominion the original at the rear of the upper balcony was closed for South Pacific and onward due to the rake. The original booth is still there. R

Ian on July 4, 2012 at 6:10 am

And for a comparison some interior shots from 1990, before restoration :–





Gooper on June 20, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Just like in the photo above, I saw ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ here in 1970, a splendid presentation, naturally.

woody on September 30, 2009 at 6:19 pm

photo of the world premiere of STAR at the Dominion in 1968

AdoraKiaOra on March 1, 2008 at 11:38 pm

Another great shot of the ‘Exposed ’ Dominion Theatre

AdoraKiaOra on March 1, 2008 at 11:12 pm

The dominion with major building works exposing rear of auditorium and old terrace cafe.

jrhine on February 22, 2008 at 4:30 pm

The Dominion organ was a 3/13 Compton.

AdoraKiaOra on January 15, 2008 at 8:53 am

In the last photo posted here you can see, behind the 3 grills, where the garden cafe used to be. This was only open for a few years in the mid/late 30s. Closed permanently for the war and never reopened. In the time i worked there i saw some incredible areas that had not been seen in decades, a lot closed off due to asbestos. The public walking around see only about 50% of what is the real Dominion. Before Ticketmaster took the Upper Circle for its sales office there was a set of office like rooms built onto the back walkway of the Upper Circle that Rank used only briefly. The seating was still there but the whole area was in a very bad state of repair after 40 years of being closed off. I think i remember being told that the last time the Upper Circle was open was for a 5 concert booking of Judy Garland concerts. Working there for that period i often wondered how fantastic the place would look with the whole auditorium opened up. In the 80s it was a very worn out place to work in but still had a special grandness about it.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 28, 2007 at 10:23 am

The now demolished building to the left of the Dominion Theatre was originally built in 1875 as the Horseshoe Hotel. Aparently the new building which will be built on the site will contain shops, restaurants and residential uses. It’s a shame they could not retain even the facade!

AdoraKiaOra on August 28, 2007 at 8:56 am

Wow what a great photo! I want to go and investigate. I was always discovering unused parts of the theatre when i worked there in th early 80s. Like a child on a treasure hunt. LOL i think it was the Buger King or Boots they just demolished?