London Pavilion

1 Piccadilly Circus,
London, W1J 0DA

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on February 9, 2014 at 1:26 am

I just added a color 1964 photo from the “A Hard Day’s Night” premiere, courtesy of the Vintage Point Facebook page.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm

A vintage postcard view from 1955, showing Piccadilly Circus and the London Pavilion playing “Go, Man Go” the story of the Harlem Globetrotters:
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 29, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Loved the BEATLES history and of Course,007 ad.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm

What a history of this theatre.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 26, 2010 at 4:52 am

A picture of the facade during the 3D run of “It Came from Outer Space” in
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woody
woody on June 15, 2010 at 10:04 am

a press ad from dec 1979 for MOONRAKER at the London Pavilion
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/4701673160/

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 28, 2010 at 12:17 pm

A vintage photograph of the London Pavilion in 1946:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 15, 2009 at 2:15 pm

“Rock Around the Clock” at the London Pavilion, photographed in July 1956:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/allhails/2813393913/
A night-time photograph of “Baby Doll” in January 1957:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/allhails/2821646850/

JohnHolloway
JohnHolloway on July 23, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Worked here for a fortnight in the mid 70’s. Feature was one of the latest Pink Panther films doubled with “A Shot In The Dark”. I was assigned to the top balcony, which had no foyer, so was forced to sit through this double-feature for 8 hours a day! We had 2 x 20 minute breaks per shift which involved going down 2 storeys to the stalls foyer,walking the length of the stalls to a side entrance of the stage, walking behind the screen and then climbing an old metal spiral staircase for another 4 storeys to reach the tea room. Of course, after completing this marathon, it was time to turn back and return to your assigned work position!

I also recall an alarming keystone affect of the screen, due to the steep throw from the bio-box which was situated at the back of the top circle.

smoothie
smoothie on March 26, 2008 at 10:29 am

Atmospheric photo from 1960-you also get the British weather!

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Ian
Ian on August 11, 2007 at 7:38 pm

Two shots from 1988 of the Pavilion:–

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JohnnyCrow
JohnnyCrow on July 10, 2007 at 1:17 pm

I saw a ‘Horror’ double bill here – Burnt Offerings & Rollerball.
On a school trip!

woody
woody on March 22, 2007 at 8:29 am

recent nightime shot
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DennisJOBrien
DennisJOBrien on February 2, 2007 at 7:03 am

Our family visiting from Boston were lucky to come here in the summer of 1968 to see The Beatles in their cartoon, “Yellow Submarine,” only a few days after its world premiere. The cinema had a nice big screen and a good sound system. I agree that it was preferable when the building had bright neon lights on it, like Times Square in New York. There is a time and place for everything, and restoring this building to its original look is not worth the effort since Piccadilly Circus is known for its neon lights around the world and as the original center of entertainment in London. That area has now moved to Leicester Square.

Eppy
Eppy on October 20, 2006 at 12:09 am

It is now a complete waste, empty shops that nobody wants in the middle of a great City like London, That is devolpment!!!???/

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 22, 2006 at 10:08 am

‘Swinging London’ in the 1960’s. A photograph I took of the London Pavilion in 1964 screening the World Premier run of “A Hard Days Night”:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 24, 2005 at 2:40 pm

Here are two vintage postcard views 1909 and 1912 and some historical details:
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PaulLD1
PaulLD1 on December 10, 2005 at 8:50 am

I only wish they would put back the “hoardings” (as billboards are called in England) on the London Pavillion. The big Wrigley sign on the Pavillion was as much a Piccadilly Circus landmark as the giant Coca-Cola sign was across the street. Picture postcards from London still show the old Piccadilly Circus in all her night time neon glory! (The Pavillion is forever playing “Tom Jones” on them!)

PaulLD1
PaulLD1 on December 9, 2005 at 3:38 pm

To Keith: All four of the Beatles' feature pictures had their world premieres at the London Pavilion, with the Beatles in attendance at all of them, except “Let It Be”, despite the crowds that thronged there awaiting their arrival.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 9, 2005 at 12:00 pm

The original architects in 1885 were Saunders & Worley, their facade survives today.

In 1900 theatre architects Wylson & Long reconstructed the interior and the auditorium floor was raked.

In 1934 the Firm; Matcham & Co. gutted the interior and their architect Frederick G.M. Chancellor with Cecil Masey drew up the plans to convert into a cinema.

keiths
keiths on December 9, 2005 at 10:02 am

The Beatles ‘Hard Day’s Night’ had its premiere here