Piccadilly Theatre

16 Denman Street,
London, W1D 7DY

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Ian
Ian on July 24, 2011 at 1:03 am

A 1987 shot clearly showing the position of the projection box PICCADILLY THEATRE

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on November 22, 2008 at 11:38 am

Its just as stunning today as its always been.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 22, 2008 at 10:44 am

Here is a 1929 photograph of the Piccadilly Theatre playing the Vitaphone Picture “The Divine Lady” with Corrine Griffith. Alongside is a 1984 photograph:
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AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on November 8, 2008 at 4:54 am

Thanks Ian.
i’ve often wondered what the original ceiling was like above that tin foil monstrosity?

Ian
Ian on November 8, 2008 at 4:31 am

A few photos – interior and exterior can be found here:–

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/2842686544/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/274045756/ (includes ceiling)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/274045751/ (includes projection room window)

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on November 7, 2008 at 6:04 pm

The Piccadilly has a unique movable ceiling.
The entire ceiling forward of the balcony’s is a false platform that at the press of a button can be lowered to the level of the front of the second balcony. This has the immediate effect of making the huge auditorium feel much more intimate.
Used very rarely theses days but back in the 70s and 80s, when the theatre was home to more plays than musicals, it could be seen in use quiet often.
I’ve often wondered why it hasn’t been removed because it certainly isn’t the most attractive of features in an otherwise beautiful auditorium.