Lumiere Cinema

42-49 St. Martin's Lane,
London, WC2N 4EJ

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CF100 on May 6, 2018 at 7:09 am

The exterior gives off a strong scent of being designed by Richard Seifert and Partners, with similar “H” shaped pre-cast concrete sections as Centre Point.

This supposition on my part turns out to be correct:

National Archives – City of Westminster Archives Centre Architectural Plans of Cinemas in the City of Westminster 1926-1981 – Odeon Cinema, St. Martin’s Lane.

Plans are held dated 1964 (plans and cross-section – R. Seifert and Partners), 1965-6 (plans – Casson Conder and Partners), and 1968 (plan – proposed alterations to the advanced booking office and battery room – “unspecified architect of Rank Theatres Ltd.”)

zanygang on August 19, 2017 at 1:10 pm

In 1975 Tom Baker recorded an edition of Disney Time at this cinema, when it was an Odeon

Ambak on June 2, 2016 at 9:12 am

I visited this cinema regularly in the late 70’s/early 80’s and this was around the time that the original floating screen was replaced. It wasn’t a case of tabs being fitted in front of the original screen, a stage was built and a normal screen frame with variable side masking was installed (the floating screen had swivelling masking which folding around for wide screen) and a little later the tabs were installed in front of this new set up. I remember a conversation with a Rank engineer who told me that they had installed Dolby Stereo but had taken it out because “it didn’t work” (!).I recall seeing a double bill of The Wild Geese and The Sea Wolves there, with The Wild Geese in excellent 4 track mag and The Sea Wolves (a Dolby Stereo film) in mono!

woody on February 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm

press ad from august 1982 when the cinema was in its short lived The Lane guise

scott99 on October 15, 2008 at 7:13 pm

I rememeber seeing Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams in the late eigties. The inside of the Lumiere felt like it had been designed by Habitat, there was a cool and classy feel about the place. It was probably THE place to see arthouse movies at the time. Shame to lose it. Like the Odeon Haymarket and the Curzon Soho, these 600-700 seat cinemas couldn’t make it in modern London.

AdoraKiaOra on January 12, 2008 at 8:40 am

I saw many of the Disney presentations here and the the front of the cinema looked great all dressed up with the Disney logo and castle etc. I didn’t realize it was a home to Disney for as long as 5 years. It was a great place to see any movie, as was stated above, the rake and screen were perfect. I saw my first movie in a cinema with ‘subtiles’ at the Lumiere- ‘ThE Big Blue’. London lost a great cinema when this closed. Another being the Odeon Haymarket- what were they thinking?

woody on March 22, 2007 at 1:35 am

nightime shot of the building march 2007 as GYMBOX

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Ian on August 12, 2006 at 10:37 pm

Finally a scanned photo of the cinema when open (as the Lumiere) here :–

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Ian on July 1, 2006 at 12:05 pm

Work is still continuing to turn the former cinema into a gym for the St Martins Hotel. Pictures from June 2006 here (external):–

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and here (foyer):–

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johnh on January 13, 2006 at 3:38 am

The doors opened on the 7th Jan and are still open! Unfortunately to allow access to builders who will be converting it into a gym.I walk past every day.

paul34 on January 6, 2006 at 6:00 am

I work across the road, have never seen the doors open ?
The light box is there ! but never turned on ?
Will let you know if it ever opens.

keiths on December 9, 2005 at 2:06 am

Does anybody know whether the auditorium is actually in use as a coference venue?

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Ken Roe on December 6, 2005 at 4:11 am

A beautiful night view of the entrance taken on the opening night of the Odeon St. Martin’s Lane on 12th October 1967 when it hosted the Gala Premier of “Thoroughly Modern Millie”:
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