Vue West End

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

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CF100 on September 23, 2014 at 9:44 am

Looking worse than ever, I’ve uploaded a pic of peeling paint!

Mike_Blakemore on June 21, 2014 at 4:26 am

Hmm @ Gooper. I would not call your comment negative .. Hmm More incisive.. or Probably right.. Then again I am cynical ..

Gooper on June 20, 2014 at 8:45 pm

I wonder though, if they’re letting this house degrade so that it can be demolished and replaced by something even more degraded. Sorry to be a bit negative…

Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on June 14, 2014 at 10:10 am

They did use the gold curtains during the BFI London Film Festival and it made for a nice presentation. I have never seen them used during regular performances. What a shame!

davepring on June 3, 2014 at 1:03 pm

I think Vue are running this and the ex Apollo on Lower Regent Street into the ground.The gold curtains in the premier screens are no longer used and the auditoriums are looking dismal and badly lit.

CF100 on May 25, 2014 at 5:45 pm

The exterior of the VUE West End is a disgrace; in the Warner days (post 90s rebuild) it was an attractive and welcoming beacon with modern elements woven into the original façade.

A few days ago I entered the ground floor foyer and could not see any obvious way to interact with staff selling tickets (maybe they sell them at the concession stand like Empire Cinemas?) nor was there any information on showtimes other than by using the electronic ticketing machines.

On a recent trip to Croydon, I had a quick look inside the Grant’s Entertainment Centre. The main lobby for the VUE situated within is on the top floor, but there are ticket offices on the floor below. These were also closed, with not even a sign to say where tickets could be purchased from; at least the showtimes were posted on the wall. (I have otherwise never visited that cinema and certainly the lobby on the top floor was busy with people queuing for the concession stands.)

I have not seen any screenings at the VUE West End in a couple of years but last time (Screen 7) the picture and sound was still very good, though the seats needed to be reupholstered or replaced and IIRC one of the ceiling tiles at the back was pushed up slightly for wiring! I imagine it has further deteriorated since then?

davepring on May 13, 2014 at 3:41 pm

This cinema is now looking very tatty externally.The LED info boards no longer work the box office windows are partially boarded up and the plastic concealing the Warner sign is peeling away.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 19, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Thanks for that clip rasLXR. It was fantastic!

Mike_Blakemore on April 19, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Hmm. I’m an Ex ABC man From the Sir Philip Walter era. When ABC was at it best…

rasLXR on April 19, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Nothing is as bad as “Cannon” Mike.
“A Star Is Born” Premiere from Pathe:

Mike_Blakemore on March 12, 2014 at 9:23 pm

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

DavidZornig on March 12, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Just added a 1942 exterior photo.

SethLewis on November 5, 2013 at 10:59 am

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

Mike_Blakemore on October 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I have put an early picture of the Warner

Ian on August 24, 2011 at 2:46 am

Another Vue (sorry) of the cinema


liofo70 on August 21, 2011 at 5:14 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.

Gooper on June 20, 2011 at 7:54 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.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 18, 2011 at 7:02 am

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 27, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Only the facade was kept for the multiplex conversion. The rest of the building was new including the gutted out basement.

keiths on November 20, 2009 at 12:24 pm

I went to see the first of the Christopher Reeve ‘Superman’ films at the Warner, and was very disappointed with the picture and sound quality by comparison with the Dominion Tottenham Court Road and the Odeon Marble Arch.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 3, 2009 at 1:39 pm

A history of the former Daly’s Theatre which stood on the site, including vintage photographs and memorabilia, plus some more recent photographs of the Village West End/Vue:

andysummers on October 3, 2009 at 9:29 pm

VUE West End is due for new makeover this is the word.

This (Friday October 2nd 2009) just gone I was chatting to a chap who works for VUE in and (outside mostly) and word is starting around early 2010 VUE is going to get a brand new spanking makeover.

They’d been looking for archival pictures that date back to the 1930’s but can’t find any? I’ve only found ones on the internet that only go as far back as 1950’s.

Does anyone here have pictures dating as far back too 1930’s?


Also VUE has just had its THX updated as well as Dolby tightening up the sound in all its screens.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 15, 2009 at 7:51 am

The spectacular neon display at night in this November 1955 photograph of the Warner Theatre: