Prince Charles Cinema

7 Leicester Place,
London, WC2 7BY

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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:–

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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:

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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!
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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

SethLewis on September 30, 2004 at 12:49 pm

This has had an interesting history both as a first run theatre and now as a second run discount house…As a first run remember seeing Jacques Tati’s Traffic here in around 1972…believe it also had Emanuelle here for over a year…When I settled in London it was a second tier first run theatre showing mostly pictures from local distributor Guild – saw The Hot Spot, Narrow Margin and a preview of Grand Canyon here…Since around 1991 the Robins family has operated it as a discount with a robust schedule of recent hits…over the years have seen The Hudsecker Proxy, The Firm, Bad Lieutenant, Lost Highway, City of God here…it’s busy studenty and fun and there is a membership scheme which will save you even more for around £9 up front…the theatre must seat around 250 downstairs and 100 upstairs and both are double aisled…
This is a must for budget travellers to London to catch the odd film they missed back home

davepring on September 30, 2004 at 12:38 pm

Recently visited this cinema…clearly run by people who care about presentation and customer service….and at £1.50 in the afternoon great value for money.