Prince Edward Theatre
2003 Photo from the Ken Roe collection
28 Old Compton St|
West End (London) UK
|Record #5561 |
Capacity: 1544 seats|
Architect(s): Edward Stone
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: Casino, Cinerama|
Information for this tour was contributed by Ken Roe.
Opened as the Prince Edward Theatre in 1930 it was designed as a live theatre but was equipped to show films, which it did briefly in 1930 and again in 1934. During World War II it was converted into a club for servicemen and then reverted back to live show use. In 1954 it was converted into the Casino Cinerama Theatre and continued screening this process until the mid 1960's when it went over to screening 70mm films and general releases on the giant 64ft wide x 23ft high screen until it closed as cinema in 1978. It then reverted back to live show use presenting hits such as "Evita", "Chess", "Anything Goes" and "Mama Mia". It has been totally refurbished and restored to its original 1930 condition.
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December 2003 photos from the Ken Roe collection.
December 2003 photos from the Klaus Weber collection.
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Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 7/3/2004.