The oldest survivor is the Cineworld Haymarket, dating back to 1928 as a cinema. Other famous cinemas with a long history include the landmark Odeon Leicester Square and nearby Odeon West End as well as the Curzons in Mayfair and Soho, both replacing earlier picture houses. Many cinemas survive in other uses, such as the Rialto as a casino and the New Victoria as the Apollo Victoria live theatre. But there are also dozens of long vanished cinemas, some lasting only a few years and forgotten, others like the original Empire (1928 to 1961) - the largest cinema ever built in the West End - still living on in fond memory.
There are interior views as well as exteriors of most of the cinemas, and over 50 illustrations are in full colour.
This is a valuable and comprehensive addition to the history of the West End that will appeal to cinema enthusiasts as well as social historians and students of London and of architecture and design.
|Publisher:||Historic England Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||10.13(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Allen Eyles is a Film historian with a particular interest in film exhibition. Keith Skone is Editor of the annual magazine Picture House.
Table of ContentsContents
Map - Victoria Area
Map - Inner West End
Map - Outer West End
The Cinemas (in chronological order)
Some Club Cinemas
Theatres as cinema
Cinema name index