Information for this tour was contributed by Ken Roe.
After demolishing the original music hall in 1927, MGM appointed American theatre architect Thomas Lamb to design a new movie theatre on the site. Designed in a High Renaissance style it seated 3,226. It remained the London home for MGM premier presentations until the end of the 2 years run of "Ben Hur" in 1961. The theatre was then gutted, leaving only Thomas Lamb's facade facing Leicester Square. Architect George Coles created a modern cinema in what had originally been the circle of the former cinema and the former stalls area was converted into a dance hall.
April 2004 photos from the Ken Roe collection.
December 2003 photos from the Klaus Weber collection.
February 1993 photos from the Lionel Fouillen collection.
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