Vue West End

3 Cranbourne Street,
Leicester Square,
London, WC2H 7AL

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Warner Theatre

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Originally on this site was a playhouse theatre, Daly’s Theatre, which was opened in June 1893. It was closed on 25th September 1937, and was purchased by Warner Bros. to be demolished. Warner’s built the new Warner Theatre on the site which opened on 12th October 1938 with Errol Flynn in “The Adventures of Robin Hood”.

The architects of the original cinema were E.A. Stone and T.R. Somerford. The frontage was faced with reconstructed marble with a large relief panel by sculptor Bainbridge Copnall in each corner depicting spirits of sight and sound. There is a large central tower feature in a concave recess bearing the Warner name. The 1,789 seat cinema was equipped with a 3Manual Compton organ. The original Warner Theatre was twinned in 1970 and by 1981 there were 5-screens inside the building and it was known was the Warner West End. It was time for a major change and the auditorium section of the original Warner Theatre was demolished in the mid-1990’s.

The new nine auditoriums were built behind the original facade. In 2010 the seating capacities in the screens are: Screen 1: 177, Screen 2: 126, Screen 3: 300, Screen 4: 298, Screen 5: 414, Screen 6: 264, Screen 7: 410, Screen 8: 180 and Screen 9: 303.

It has an excellent location on Cranborne Street on the corner of Leicester Square and occasional premieres are held here.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

Recent comments (view all 46 comments)

KenRoe on January 18, 2011 at 5:02 am

A vintage photograph of the Warner Theatre in April 1955 screening Judy Garland in “A Star Is Born”:

Gooper on June 20, 2011 at 5:54 pm

When it was the Warner West End in 1973, I saw ‘O Lucky Man’ here. The ending of the film itself took place right outside this very theatre.

Tinseltoes on July 31, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Here’s a link to B&W newsreel coverage of the 1955 London premiere of the Judy Garland version of “A Star Is Born”: britishpathe

liofo70 on August 21, 2011 at 3:14 am

When it comes to THX, it should be noted that the largest auditorium was the first European cinema to be equipped with a THX sound system in 1986, using JBL amplifiers and speakers.

Ian on August 24, 2011 at 12:46 am

Another Vue (sorry) of the cinema


Mike_Blakemore on October 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I have put an early picture of the Warner

SethLewis on November 5, 2013 at 8:59 am

A lovely trip to the London Film Festival for a Sunday afternoon showing of Enough Said

DavidZornig on March 12, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Just added a 1942 exterior photo.

Mike_Blakemore on March 12, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Hmm.. Vue as a Theatre name. It do’s not sound right. Nearly as bad as “Cannon”

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