Vue Piccadilly

19 Lower Regent Street,
London, SW1Y 4LR

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CF100
CF100 on September 8, 2017 at 7:48 pm

Photos of plasterwork remnants can be seen in documents submitted in relation to the following planning applications:

http://idoxpa.westminster.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=0206506ADLBC — see “PROPOSALS FOR THE SALVAGE & REUSE OF EXISTING DOORS / PLASTERWORK” – PDF page numbers 18-20. Note that this part of the document is excerpted from an earlier 1998 survey. Also within this document are details of a later survey (PDF p4), and on PDF p21-22 are plans from the 1998 survey showing locations where plasterwork and other auditorium decorative remnants were found.

http://idoxpa.westminster.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=I70H4KRP59000 – see “PHOTOS” – which are of a couple of removed sections of plasterwork.

http://idoxpa.westminster.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=IGFO5IRPR1000 – see “PLASTERWORK SCHEDULE” – details of the four sections of plasterwork removed and proposed restoration work (white paint only!) – and “PHOTO” – showing the proposed wall display of these sections.

CF100
CF100 on September 8, 2017 at 7:46 pm

madorganplayer: In response to your question about whether the roof was “taken off,” it certainly seems to be the case.

This can be seen in Google Earth (desktop application) by turning on “Historical Imagery” and setting the date to 2003.

For convenience, and since Google allow limited use of these images on third-party sites providing attribution is included, I have exported the relevant image from Google Earth and uploaded to the Photos section.

Documents associated with the planning application for the 2000s reconstruction are available. (N.B. Some modifications were made to these proposals in subsequent applications.)

The roof plan shows new glazed roof areas, and most of the remaining part of the roof is a “flat roof to plant enclosure.”

Looking at the section plans, the plant rooms and central section of glazed roofing extend above the original building. Beneath them, there are offices (fourth floor) which also extend above the original building.

Given the extensiveness of the reconstruction, requiring the facades/dome to be “proped up,” I’m afraid that the chances of organ parts remaining up there are, I’d suggest, zero.

ritzman
ritzman on April 17, 2017 at 7:34 am

Photo taken during the farewell organ concert 17/09/1967 Added at photo tab

madorganplayer
madorganplayer on December 23, 2016 at 12:22 pm

davepring, I was working at the Apollo installing and updating the plasma a few years ago.Those to the windows and above the staircase are extremely difficult to get at because of the glass staircase and it doesnt surprise me that they are no longer working.The company i was working at no longer work for Vue.Vue are cheapskates and penny pinching and try to do things for themselves and balls it up in the process.At least Apollo under Paul Gregg and later his missus Anita tried to keep things working.

SethLewis
SethLewis on December 10, 2016 at 11:09 am

You go to Paris and have a great range of international film programming…All the US pictures and a well-curated mix of local and international product…The Odeon Panton Street does some good sub-run programming but is seriously out of date…This site just needs good programming to survive (a la the old Swiss Centre cinema)

davepring
davepring on May 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Since being rebranded as Vue this cinema has gone downhill.The plasma info screens no longer work.The foyer is desolate with tatty signs directing you down to the cinemas..shameful.

SethLewis
SethLewis on February 8, 2014 at 11:12 am

Now known as the Vue Picadilly…a bit off the beaten track of the West End screens…currently programming day date mass market pictures along the rest of the West End…One would think that it would have a better chance if it programmed art house fare in line with the Odeon Covent Garden or Panton Street.

Interesting to see if this survives or not…the only thing that might work in the space is a restaurant

madorganplayer
madorganplayer on January 29, 2013 at 4:49 am

Ive worked at the Apollo a few times installing plasma screens.It was odd knowing that i was working where the stalls once were.Ive attached a couple of pictures of the Plaza WurliTzer-one in the pit at the Plaza and the other at its first home in Ascot after being removed.The organ had an odd start to life.,the chambers were split either side of the proscenium.The solo organ and the 32Diaphone disturbed nearby offices.The Solo organ was then moved up into the roof speaking out from above the proscenium which made it sound rather odd.The Diaphones were disconnected and it is believed left in the theatre in the roof space when the organ was removed.My guess is that they were broken up when the building was converted.Im presuming that the roof was taken off?

woody
woody on May 16, 2009 at 6:26 am

a photo of screen 2 with its pop-art wall panels as it was being stripped out, the seat backs have all gone, just the seat cushions left
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/3535004297/
and the box office as it was being dismantled, still with a few bulbs left working
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/3535824888/

theatreofvarieties
theatreofvarieties on June 13, 2008 at 3:19 pm

all the plasterwork was removed and disposed of safely as it contained asbestos, you wont be seeing it back i’m afraid.

woody
woody on March 25, 2008 at 4:53 am

photo taken just before the demolition crew moved in, this panel of original plasterwork was removed and stored and was to have been displayed in the new Apollo lobby.
http://flickr.com/photos/woody1969/63380109/

bwales
bwales on March 23, 2008 at 4:29 pm

“Zulu” in 70mm at the Plaza?.

Recently I was viewing a the recent Widescreen DVD of the film “Zulu” and the interesting exta item was the “Making of Zulu”.

There was some details that it was first openned at the Plaza in 1964, but no details if it was in Technirama70 (70mm) or just a 35mm Mag sound version.

The first 70mm film at the Plaza was “Becket” in March 1964 and I wondered if “Zulu” was ever screened in 70mm at the Plaza in this year?.

Ian
Ian on August 11, 2007 at 11:51 am

A pre demolition shot of the Plaza in 1988 here:–

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woody
woody on March 22, 2007 at 1:26 am

nightime shot of the exterior of the plaza building, with the discrete apollo entrance on the lower left side
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 3, 2006 at 11:51 am

A recent close-up view of the entrance of the Apollo West End:
http://www.moviebunker.com/apollo_west_end.htm

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on July 27, 2006 at 8:45 am

Here is a July 2006 photo of the Apollo Theater. Nice exterior; didn’t get a chance to few the interior.

greensleeves
greensleeves on February 25, 2006 at 9:33 am

It is amazing that the interior of this stunning cinema was not listed although the frontage was. The replacement auditoria were good of their kind though – spacious and comfortable. I went to see all the big Paramount releases here in the 70’s and 80’s. Once it was divided further though it lost all it’s identity and became very bland. How sad to see that the spacious foyer has become another ghastly supermarket. Shopping malls and supermarkets seem to have become the new entertainment centres. Consumerism gone mad!

inichol
inichol on January 2, 2006 at 12:50 am

Here is almost the same view, taken at night in early 2005:
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And a closeup of the colourful roof:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 31, 2005 at 5:45 am

A 2001 exterior photograph of the Plaza 1-4 just prior to its closing and re-development into the Apollo West End:
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davepring
davepring on December 9, 2004 at 10:18 am

The most expensive cinema in the west end and not a patch on the Plaza when a twin cinema in the 70s.The cleaned exterior is stunning and the basement cinemas bland…avoid!!!!

inichol
inichol on September 18, 2004 at 6:13 pm

The ground floor has been open as a Tesco supermarket for a couple of months now, but the five screen Apollo West End opened last Thursday, claiming to be “the West End’s Most Luxurious Cinema”. The stairs from the street lead downwards so I assume it is in the basement, but I have not been able to visit yet.

Alawi
Alawi on March 7, 2004 at 12:35 pm

I loved the Plaza. I loved the movies they used to show there. I still remember fondly seeing flicks from the 70s such as SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT, MIDWAY, AIRPORT ‘77 all the way up to the 90s with STAR TREK GENERATIONS. I loved The Plaza. It’s disheartening to know that they are turning the lower parts into a supermarket. Too many London theatres are dying now…Odeon Haymarker, Plaza, etc, the bastardized Odeon Marble Arch etc. It’s sad really.

SethLewis
SethLewis on February 12, 2004 at 9:54 am

I wasn’t impressed with the renderings on the Apollo website…What Picadilly doesn’t need is another set of smallish rooms with the same programming as everyone else. Saw some good films in these theatres in the 70’s-90’s…Quadrophenia in its original run…The Crying Game, Housesitter, Citizen Kane in a 2 week reissue, White Men Can’t Jump, American Beauty, Monty Python the Meaning of Life, Green Card…

woody
woody on February 12, 2004 at 8:21 am

the exterior has been beautifully cleaned and the plaza name is back up, but its crowning glory will be when the dome is revealled from under its current scaffolding, ive been up on the roof and its clad in an amazing blue and gold mosaic wave pattern and the little cuppola should be restored with its paramount logo (mountain with crown of stars)
its such a huge shame its not got its original interior, there were a few fragments of the original plasterwork from the rear of the circle when it closed, i assume these have been removed for safe keeping