2003 Photo from the Ken Roe collection
99 Shaftesbury Ave
West End (London) UK
0871 871 0022
|Record #2613 |
Capacity: 734 seats|
Architect(s): John Burnet; Tait & Partners
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: Columbia, Classic, Premier, Curson West End|
Information for this tour was contributed by Ken Roe.
Built on the site of the bombed-out Shaftesbury Pavilion/Gaumont News Theatre (CinemaTour Record # 3707), this cinema is located in the basement of an office block. It was operated by Columbia Pictures from the start, and was their first operated cinema anywhere in the world, although it opened with MGM's "Gigi" screened in 70mm. It became the premier cinema for Columbia Pictures films. Operated by several companies over later years and with several name changes, it currently has 624 seats and now screens art house films. Part of the street level foyer has been converted into a coffee bar.
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Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 7/3/2004.