Description. According to local council inspectors, the front part of the cinema was converted from a ground-floor dwelling, one of a row of terraced buildings on Ingestre Place. In August 1932 films were dropped in favour of non-stop variety which began with Non-Stop Revels live on stage, non-stop from two 'til midnight daily. But, in May 1915, Haté’s company wound up its operations. Buchanan had a large two-storey apartment built on top of the theatre, which he occupied until it was damaged by bombing in late October 1940.

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Haté was forced to make changes to the venue when the Cinematograph Act (1909) came into force and the local council began to regulate cinema exhibition more forcefully. West Bend Cinema Read Reviews | Rate Theater 2014 Parkway Drive, West Bend, WI 53095 262-334-0477 | View Map. Whereas the policeman saw middle-class shoppers at a nearby cinema on Oxford Street (the Cinema de Paris), the Electric Cinema Theatre was ‘Frequented by poor class Jewish, French and English youths, girls and some adults’. In July 1931, Gracie Fields appeared for a week 'twice-nightly' as a prelude to her film Sally in Our Alley. It was renamed Odeon West End from 22 July 1988 with the opening of the comedy film The Couch Trip. According to an unnamed resident quoted by Summers, the garage became a kind of social club for Soho-ites: We children ran wild in Lex Garage, because it was so big.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the plans were rejected by the council on various grounds, including the fact that ‘the streets generally in the neighbourhood are unusually narrow’. But, if Haté continued to fill his programme with old, second-hand films, then it must have been handy to have the ‘cleaning’ facilities on-site. The Odeon West Wend had an exclusive run of the Master from 2 November 2012, playing a 70mm print of the film. By the end of the 1910s, Soho was where lots of film businesses had their offices and private screening rooms. Soho is a small patch of the West End – a maze of narrow streets, once home to notorious ‘rookeries’ or slums in the nineteenth century, now famous for media companies, gay pubs and clubs (it was the final stop on last weekend’s Pride celebrations), sex shops, and late-night coffee bars. Oddly, there was a resurgence of entertainment on this spot in World War II, when the Lex Garage was used as an air-raid shelter. Two more businessmen – David Long and Robert Van Steenbergen, living outside Soho, and giving their nationalities as Italian and Belgian – planned to re-open the space as the Cinema de Paris in September 1916, but withdrew their application to the council because the plan was proving too expensive. BOULEVARD 14 CINEMA. [4] Memo from the Superintendent of the Vine Street Police Station (‘C’ Division) to the Chief of the Metropolitan Police dated 2 November 1909, National Archives, MEPO 2/9172, File 590446/7, ‘Cinematograph Shows’.

By the start of 1912, he had also acquired another cinema – the Munster Electric Theatre in Fulham – making the Ingestre Place venue part of a (very small) cinema chain. According to the 1911 census, one of the other floors was home to the Kearey family – Amy, her four sons, and her husband Henry, who listed his job as a cinematograph show ‘porter’, or custodian. Living London, Vol. Minneapolis Showplace ICON. London Filmland is a blog about London's early cinema history, written by me, Chris O'Rourke. Felix Haté, a French-born chemist turned cinema entrepreneur, who lived outside Soho in Earls Court, and who developed a way of ‘cleaning’ scrap film stock to extend its life span. ( Log Out /  It closed for twinning on 11 July 1991 with The Pope Must Die. INFO: Landmark Theatres re-opened the West End Cinema on Friday, July 17, 2015.Located at 2301 M St, NW, the West End Cinema joins Landmark’s sister locations in the D.C. area, the E Street Cinema and Bethesda Row Cinema, and allows Landmark Theatres to bring even more films and events to the Foggy Bottom, Georgetown and Dupont Circle neighborhoods. In 2008, the UK premiere of Sex and the City saw the film play in both auditoriums with every single session selling out. In 2012 it was bought by the Radisson Edwardian hotel group and closed as a cinema on 1 January 2015,[2] and demolished, ahead of planned redevelopment as a luxury hotel, to include a replacement cinema with two new screens in its basement. It was taken over in March 1931 by RKO Radio Pictures. A Jewish resident of Soho later recalled his father using the venue as a Yiddish theatre, the first of its kind in London outside the East End. [3] This suggests that the type of films shown at the cinema wouldn’t have been new releases, but titles that had been doing the rounds on the open market for some time, possibly years, and which had become scratched and grainy from over-use. [7] Reprinted in Colin Harding and Simon Popple (eds), In the Kingdom of Shadows: A Companion to Early Cinema (London: Cygnus Arts, 1996), pp. There’s a long history of immigration into this particular part of London reaching back to the arrival of the French Huguenots, and early-twentieth-century Soho has been discussed, most recently by Judith Walkowitz in her book Nights Out, as an experiment in multiculturalism. (There was also a brewery at one end of the street and a council school at the other.) Ownership subsequently passed to the Irish National Asset Management Agency and in 2012 it was sold to the Radisson Hotels company.[7].

The cinema itself lasted a few more years into the start of World War I. Close. If you’re interested, I’ve written more about the cinema for my other website, London’s Silent Cinemas, although that’s all I know about William, sadly. The 6 Wildest Twists Of MTV's Catfish: The TV Show, Dancing With The Stars' Skai Jackson Dedicates Emotional Performance To Disney Channel Co-Star Cameron Boyce After His Death, Why 90 Day Fiance's Latest Tell-All Was Karma For Colt Johnson. [8] Letter from the London County Council (LCC) Theatres and Music Halls Committee to R.H. Kerr dated 4 November 1910, LCC Architect’s Department Correspondence File for 6 Ingestre Place, London Metropolitan Archives, GLC/AR/BR/07/659.


The Electric Cinema Theatre, also known as the Jardin de Paris, seems to have been the earliest cinema to open in Soho, operating at least as early as October 1908. [9] Haté seems to have left England by this point. Sean O’Connell, Kevin McCarthy, and Jake Hamilton discuss the latest news, rumors, and movies to hit the big screen. [5] Judith Summers, Soho: A History of London’s Most Colourful Neighbourhood (London: Bloomsbury, 1989), p. 165.
It re-opened 11 July 1941 with The Flame of New Orleans. Altogether the proposed venue was to accommodate 3,100 people. Over the following 48 years it hosted many film premieres including Papillon in March 1974, Tommy in March 1975 and Crocodile Dundee in 1986. conference in Glasgow, I now know that it was fairly common to have live-in cinema custodians in this period.

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Among the plans for refurbishment was a very ambitious proposal to buy up a chunk of Lexington Street behind the cinema and construct a large entertainment complex, with space for a cinema, as well as boxing, wrestling and sideshows, and which would also incorporate a restaurant with a licence for drinks (to be inherited from a pub at 24 Lexington Street, which would be demolished in the scheme). Despite the revamp, the proximity of the chemical works over the cinema was an ongoing problem for the council, and in November 1913 they threatened Haté with legal action unless he shut it down.

The Odeon West End, from 1930 to 1988 known as Leicester Square Theatre, was a cinema on the south side of Leicester Square, London. 1840. Julie Taymor is a fascinating interview subject, Blenders.

William Worster, the licensee at the Fountain Inn pub (also known as the Lion Tap) at the north end of Ingestre Place was one of the company directors. The UK premiere of Mary Poppins opened here on 17 December 1964 and played for several weeks before transferring to the Odeon Haymarket. I’ve been revisiting some research I did into the cinema history of Soho recently as part of a study of cinema in London’s West End. My girlfriends great grandfather was William Woster, b. Visit now to see what's new! One local resident remembered a system of red, yellow and green lights outside the cinema to tell patrons what film was playing. Architects Arnold Dick Associates[4] designed a new ‘modern style’ single screen cinema within the shell of the building, with a stalls and circle seating areas (removing the upper balcony) and the interior design was by Cassidy, Farrington and Dennys. [citation needed]. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. When a member of the London Women’s Patrol Committee visited Ingestre Place in June 1916 (as part of another survey of London’s cinemas), she found the cinema closed and was told that the business was ‘broke’ by someone who thought she wanted to buy the empty premises.

But this episode suggests that there was still a demand for entertainment in Soho itself that the rest of the West End couldn’t meet – either for something affordable, or for something that more closely reflected the cultures of the people who lived in the neighbourhood. However, the good news is that ODEON West End will be back! This policy lasted for almost a year. Whether or not this arrangement carried on into the 1910s, I’m not sure.

The Leicester Square Theatre re-opened on 12 December 1968 with a Royal Charity Premiere attended by Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon & Lord Snowdon of Shalako starring Sean Connery. In the 1920s, part of it was demolished (along with William and Mary Yard) to make way for the multi-storey Lex Garage, now the Brewer Street Car Park. It played United Artists pictures first run in London until it was closed again on 18 July 1937 for redecoration.

The site is on an adjacent side of the square to the much larger flagship Odeon Leicester Square.

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