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I am an American who for more than 20 years, has every year (except for the Pandemic years of 2020 & 2021) visited England. I saw many movies at this theater, though only once it had 2 screens, and remain upset it was demolished. As to the new building which I saw in May, it is an exceptionally nice building, with beautiful materials. I’ve now posted 2 of my photos on that theater’s page. I would like to see a movie in the larger auditorium in that new building.
The high rise would reportedly be above the existing facades, keeping the facades.
Beautiful photos, Ian.
The Bruin is great, but the Village is palatial.
I agree with Mike. By the time I started, as a visitor from Philadelphia, seeing movies in NYC in the late 1980s, all the grand Midtown 70mm roadshow movie palaces were gone or chopped up (the Criterion & Embassy 2-3-4 ex DeMille). This theater was long gone.
Ridethectrain, this is not the website for technical specifications, but unfortunately, nowhere seems to explain. I’m thinking AMC Prime has Dolby Atmos surround sound but not Dolby Vision picture quality? Here in Philadelphia the downtown AMC Fashion District has both Dolby and Prime auditoriums. I’ve only seen one movie so far in Prime, but many in Dolby.
Thanks, Ed. In March of this year, I returned for the 70mm screening of “Murder on the Nile” and I posted photos in the photo gallery, of this beautiful theater.
I’m in Philadelphia, and on vacation last month, visited Cardiff for the 1st time. I’ve posted photos of the facades & the refurbished former auditorium of the Prince of Wales. Great job, Weatherspoon!This place stands as a loving tribute to the live theater and cinema that it used to be, and serves current customers just fine.
My friend Ken Roe, who is the volunteer Moderator of this website, and I visited the restored foyer and upstairs areas (except for the auditoriums) last month of this theater, and we’ve posted photos. Fantastic refurbishment, Odeon!
My friend Ken Roe, who is the volunteer Moderator of this website, and I visited the restored foyer last month of this theater, and we’ve posted photos of the foyer and the restored facade. Great job, Picturehouse!
To continue from my 2017 post, I’ve visited this theater each year from its 2015 reopening thru 2019, when I had to pause due to the Pandemic my visits to London from Philadelphia. In 2018, I enjoyed a sold out local premiere of an Australian film “Breadth” which was accompanied by a wine reception, and in 2019, “That’ll be the Day” (1973) with a Q & A with the film writer & producer. Last month, I enjoyed “Downton Abbey: A New Era” here and I posted photos of the beautiful auditorium and marvelous hand drawn staffer posters for the movie and for “Top Gun: Maverick” The history panels showcasing the theater’s most remarkable history are no longer in the concession foyer, but I hope they return.
Ian, your 3rd photo link above goes to surfers.
After a Pandemic pause, I revisited London last month & enjoyed a movie, “Benediction” at this theater, in the main screen. I posted photos. The auditorium is gorgeous. The lobby has a remarkable piece of art which I included in my photos.
After a Pandemic pause, I revisited London last month & enjoyed 2 movies at the Prince Charles, in the main theater, a 35mm print of “Badlands” (1973) and “The Lighthouse” (2019). I really enjoy this theater and the immaculate presentations with proper use of the curtain, masking, projection, and surround sound. What happened to the vertical sign? Online, it seems to have been there in the last year, but now gone. Why?
Because of the huge seating capacity of the auditorium, when I visit London, from Philadelphia, I’ve always been more awestruck by this movie theater than any other in London. Last month, after a Pandemic pause for visiting London, I was finally able to see a movie in the redone auditorium. I had seen “Top Gun: Maverick” at the Empire Haymarket, but the movie is worthwhile enough to see a 2nd time, so I saw it in Dolby Vision & Atmos here. Unfortunately, the curtain was not used before or after the film. I posted photos of the exterior, the auditorium, and a closeup of the Circle doors with movie titles that premiered here. I loved that the doors listed the titles. The main stairs to the Circle has screens with images from the history of this theater, another nice touch. Even though the auditorium no longer has the huge seating capacity, the Circle (balcony) still has enough seats to keep me awestruck. Movie theaters should not be only boutique. We should be able to enjoy a movie with a crowd!
This remains one of my favorite movie theaters to visit when I visit London (from Philadelphia) as I did last month, after a Pandemic pause for me since 2019. Renovations mentioned above have not taken place yet. I posted photos of the main upstairs auditorium and the foyer, both of which I love since they are ornate. I saw “Top Gun: Maverick” which looked great on the huge screen and sounded great with 7.1 surround sound.
before Top Gun Maverick, scope movie
actually 5-20-22 photo
The Trans-Lux became Eric’s Place
8 PM tonight, 35mm directed by the late Peter Bogdanovich “The Last Picture Show” (1971) $8 includes free popcorn with pipe organ at 7:30 PM by Eric Fahner before the movie.
There are other raked, non stadium seated multiplexes in the Philly area that were converted to recliners, and became very popular with audiences.
Michael, thanks, I’ve heard of the Philly policy.
I’ve been to El Capitan, but I didn’t remember its prior names.
Michael, re Dirty Harry, Philadelphia’s Fox listing with MW. What’s MW? Also was Hollywood Loews the one at 6764 Hollywood Blvd?