London Pavilion

1 Piccadilly Circus,
London, W1J 0DA

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SethLewis on October 7, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Such a cool place…saw The Wilby Conspiracy here in 75 and I’m guessing something here earlier than that

HJHill on October 7, 2018 at 6:24 am

The opening night as a cinema was Wednesday 5 September 1934. The feature was ‘The Private Life of Don Juan’ starring Douglas Fairbanks.

vindanpar on July 18, 2018 at 7:20 am

When I was in London this was playing King Kong(Jan ‘77 I believe). I had no interest in seeing the film so I didn’t go in. How I regret it! What a fa├žade it had and I love the Yellow Submarine.

PROJIE on June 20, 2018 at 9:06 am

The cinema also screened Tom Jones, which had a long run there.

cultman1 on August 11, 2016 at 5:26 am

the Pavilion (or what is left of it) and local area is total tat now and decaying badly .It is a real shame the lanlords cant get rid of the cheap shops and rubbish outlets and refurbish this magnificent grade 2 listed building.

DavidZornig on October 19, 2015 at 1:09 pm

1939 photo added credit S&G Barratts.

goodshow on October 3, 2015 at 3:35 pm

Photo added of presentation at the Pavilion to accompany the post of MoviesWithDad on 1st July 2014. Not well received critically, the Pavilion showing lasted a mere 10 days, from 19 March to 1st April, 1970

DavidZornig on October 2, 2015 at 3:21 pm

1949 photo added courtesy of Richard Thurbin.

DavidZornig on February 8, 2014 at 8:26 pm

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

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Mike Rogers on December 29, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Loved the BEATLES history and of Course,007 ad.

TLSLOEWS on December 29, 2010 at 8:54 am

What a history of this theatre.

CSWalczak on November 25, 2010 at 11:52 pm

A picture of the facade during the 3D run of “It Came from Outer Space” in
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woody on June 15, 2010 at 5:04 am

a press ad from dec 1979 for MOONRAKER at the London Pavilion

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Ken Roe on March 28, 2010 at 7:17 am

A vintage photograph of the London Pavilion in 1946:
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Ken Roe on August 15, 2009 at 9:15 am

“Rock Around the Clock” at the London Pavilion, photographed in July 1956:
A night-time photograph of “Baby Doll” in January 1957:

JohnHolloway on July 23, 2009 at 10:29 am

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 on March 26, 2008 at 6:29 am

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

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Ian on August 11, 2007 at 2:38 pm

Two shots from 1988 of the Pavilion:–

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JohnnyCrow on July 10, 2007 at 8:17 am

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

woody on March 22, 2007 at 4:29 am

recent nightime shot
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DennisJOBrien on February 2, 2007 at 2:03 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 on October 19, 2006 at 7:09 pm

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

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Ken Roe on January 22, 2006 at 5:08 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 on December 24, 2005 at 9:40 am

Here are two vintage postcard views 1909 and 1912 and some historical details:
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PaulLD1 on December 10, 2005 at 3:50 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!)