Prince Charles Cinema

7 Leicester Place,
London, WC2 7BY

Unfavorite 6 people favorited this theater

Showing 1 - 25 of 27 comments

HowardBHaas on November 21, 2018 at 4:33 pm

Last month, I saw that the Mens toilets had been totally redone & were nice looking. Staff said they had been redone about 4 months prior to my visit. I don’t recall that the downstairs foyer or the ground floor space had changed. I enjoyed 2 classic movies, An American Werewolf in London (DCP) & Death Line (1972, 35mm), both perfect for this visitor from the States. As to the prior comment, I enjoyed better the sightlines from the balcony/circle, which had been open during weekday matinees, and alas is now the 2nd screen. I do have my favorite vantage point in the stalls, about the 10th row from the screen. I’ve not seen a movie in the upstairs auditorium.

Billy on November 21, 2018 at 4:25 pm

Visited today for the first time in a few months and noticed a significant refurbishment has taken place, in the foyer and especially the toilets which are much more modern and nicer looking. Still a brilliant cinema with excellent 35mm presentations, £1 member tickets and all-night themed movie marathons.

Lionel on November 2, 2018 at 6:35 am

I was reading all comments posted since the beginning. I remember the theatre when it was a single-screen theatre. I went only once, to see The Last Emperor in 70mm, in 1988. Visited the booth with the chief projectionist Ian Mitchell, his assistant was a young French lady. The stalls slope was inverted if I’m not mistaken, so the screen was quiet high for viewers seated at the rear of the stalls, but if you sat at the first row of the balcony as I did, you were almost facing the center of the screen, or at least the upper half of it, and it looked great.

HowardBHaas on November 2, 2018 at 6:33 am

I saw movies when it was a single screener sitting in both stalls & balcony/circle, and agree with Lionel as to his commments. I preferred the sightlines from the balcony. I’ve since seen more movies in the main floor auditorium, finding the rows I like most there. There are still 70mm presentations including currently 2001 and Die Hard.

SethLewis on August 24, 2016 at 1:37 am

Great great summer season of films in 35mm and 70mm…Caught The Right Stuff in 70mm last night stunning presentation…good popcorn and bar too…we need to support this!

DavidZornig on October 9, 2014 at 7:06 am

Just added a 1973 MG print ad to the photos section.

iankingdon1980 on January 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I was the senior projectionist in 2000-2002 and amanda ireland was the chief projections and we where running phillips dp-75 with 70mm add ons.good times

HowardBHaas on March 1, 2010 at 10:48 am

The theater’s website flyer says the downstairs auditorium will be closed for a few days in early March to spruce it up with new chairs, drapes, carpet, lighting and more.

chrisjones on May 6, 2009 at 8:26 am

I remember it being pretty notorious as the only cinema playing Tinto Brass' dreadful ‘Caligula’ for seemingly years and years in London.

Ian on February 14, 2009 at 12:48 am

Some photos taken this week – February 2009 – of the interiors of the two cinemas, and (just for Simon Overton) a shot of the exterior from the other side – note how the signage is angled away towards Leicester Square!


Downstairs screen and new projection box:

Upstairs (new) screen:

A good conversion, with the new screen luxuriously fitted out. Interesting to see the unusual arrangement for the new projection suite at the front of the former balcony.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 25, 2008 at 9:09 am

LM, that December 28, 2007 marquee was most likely a promo for French Connection UK, the clothing store. They were quite famous for their “FCUK Argentina” World Cup campaign.

Ian on November 16, 2008 at 2:06 pm

That is largely because it is practically only possible to photograph this theatre from one angle – the streets are so narrow and the only other facade is rather dull!

However here is an interior photograph :-

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on November 16, 2008 at 12:05 pm

Everyone’s above photos are repeats, repeats, repeats, repeats!

woody on September 24, 2008 at 5:15 am

prince charles and the zombie strippers – sept 08

Dublinboyo on January 15, 2008 at 4:42 pm

It’s from the ultra cool film “Bad Santa.” A line as a bonnie lass has it off in a car with Billy Bob Thorton who plays a down in the dumps department store Santa Claus. Brillant stuff that.

bizmark98 on September 26, 2007 at 3:29 am

It was owned by the Star Group of Leeds in the mid 1960’s for whom I worked as a Mobile Chief Operator.

Visited the cinema a few time when they were short staffed and I remember the frustration of the company at the sight lines.

Unfortunatly I was busy when it reopened after the rebuild and I never go to see how it had changed.

Ian on September 9, 2007 at 8:14 am

A September 2007 view here:–

View link

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on May 7, 2007 at 7:55 pm

Has the theaters “namesake” ever attended? I hope so. Perhaps he should write a healthy checque to restore this place befitting its name.
Another way to keep your patrons happy and returning time and time again is to OPEN THE BALCONY. The income from extra ticket sales is well worth it.
I’m an ex-Brit now living in California wondering is old “Blighty” still has that archaic policy of charging higher prices for the balcony? “Swipe me” as Tony Hancock often said! The open balcony policy is good for business.
Hello theater owners, take note, it’s a FACT!!!!!!!!!

HowardBHaas on November 12, 2006 at 6:27 am

I wish the balcony was open more often than only 1st shows on Monday to Friday. I sat there once, and greatly enjoyed the view.

HowardBHaas on November 12, 2006 at 4:29 am

My photo from April:

View link


Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 9, 2006 at 1:01 pm

This close-up view of the fin sign on the Prince Charles Cinema shows that us ‘Brit’s’ have a sense of humour and hopefuly H.R.H Prince Charles does too!
View link

philbass on December 6, 2004 at 5:21 am

Excellent VFM and an interesting and varied programme of films. About the nearest we have to a central London full-time rep cinema these days. Worth venturing into Leicester Square to visit this cinema (and IMO not much else). They have a website at