New Egyptian Hall

170 Piccadilly,
London, W1J 9EJ

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New Egyptian Hall

Located on Piccadilly, opposite Bond Street in London’s West End. The original Egyptian Hall was an exhibition hall and was used for live entertainment, which included films from 19th March 1896. It was demolished and Egyptian House was built on the site, opening in 1905. The building included the 123-seat New Egyptian Hall. There was also a cinematograph tea rooms, decorated in an Oriental style. It was initially operated by the Pathe Freres distribution company.

The New Egyptian Hall was closed in January 1910, to allow for structural alterations to be carried out, which were required by the new Cinematograph Licencing Act. It re-opened under new management and had 180 seats in stalls and circle levels. It was closed in 1912, and the space in the Egyptian House building has since been in retail use. In 2008, a Waterford Wedgwood shop.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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GaryParks on November 8, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Appropriately enough, in the 19th Century, the “old” Egyptian Hall was used to display genuine Egyptian antiquities, among other curiosities. Pioneering Italian explorer Giovanni Belzoni mounted a very impressive exhibition following his discovery of the plundered, but still very spectacular and artifact-laden tomb of pharaoh Seti I, the king played by Sir Cedric Hardwicke in DeMille’s 1956 “The Ten Commandments”.

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