Vue Piccadilly

19 Lower Regent Street,
London, SW1Y 4LR

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ritzman on April 17, 2017 at 9:34 am

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

madorganplayer on December 23, 2016 at 2:22 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 on December 10, 2016 at 1:09 pm

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mix of local and international product…The Odeon Panton Street does some good sub-run programming but is seriously out of date…This site just needs good programming to survive (a la the old Swiss Centre cinema)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 on May 13, 2014 at 4:09 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 on February 8, 2014 at 1:12 pm

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 on January 29, 2013 at 6:49 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 on May 16, 2009 at 8:26 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
and the box office as it was being dismantled, still with a few bulbs left working

theatreofvarieties on June 13, 2008 at 5:19 pm

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

woody on March 25, 2008 at 6:53 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.

bwales on March 23, 2008 at 6:29 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 on August 11, 2007 at 1:51 pm

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

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woody on March 22, 2007 at 3:26 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 1:51 pm

A recent close-up view of the entrance of the Apollo West End:

JackCoursey on July 27, 2006 at 10:45 am

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

greensleeves on February 25, 2006 at 11:33 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 on January 2, 2006 at 2:50 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 7:45 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 on December 9, 2004 at 12:18 pm

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 on September 18, 2004 at 8:13 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 on March 7, 2004 at 2:35 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 on February 12, 2004 at 11:54 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 on February 12, 2004 at 10:21 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

Keithmockett on February 12, 2004 at 7:23 am

Yeah – thanks Woody found the images on the Apollo website a few days after posting my comment above. You know I’d love to beleive that the Apollo may indeed offer London filmgoers something special but the images remind me uncomfortably of the long-gone and unmissed (?) horrible five screen Cannon on Oxford Street – with a few more reflective surfaces! We’ll see! I live in hope!

woody on February 5, 2004 at 7:52 am

check out the apollo website, they have some artist impressions of the new lobby areas, it remains to be seen how luxurious they really will be for a cramped basement development
Most of the scaffolding has now come down, and the tesco metro supermarket looks ready to open on the ground floor