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I first went to the London Experience in December 1985.
The Friday before Christmas I slipped out of work early to avoid the annual borefest known as the office party, and on the way home I had a look at the Trocadero in Picadilly. On Christmas Eve we were allowed to leave at lunchtime so on the way home I decided to have another look at the Trocadero and came across the London Experince and was there just in time for the next show, so I went in.
I saw the London Experience again the following Xmas Eve, and the year after that. The next year Xmas Eve was a Saturday, so I went on Friday the 23rd of December. And on Friday the 22nd of December 1989 I went to the Trocadero and found that the London Experience had closed.
The legs on the Duke of York’s were originally on another building in Oxford, but the legs on the Komedia were specially made for the new cinema. The red shoes are a reference to Dorothy’s ruby slippers.
One of the benefits of being a Picturehouse member is getting a discount at Gourmet Burger, like the one next door.
Every film buff should visit screen 1 of the NFT at least once
It was a fantastic cinema. But when they converted it into a nmulti-screen they killed the whole character of the place.
Screen 1 is great, but screen 2 id lousey
It’s the most expensive Picturehouse cinema, even on weekday daytimes.
It has got one of the best cinema cafes. Last time I had mushroom soup and chili beef
The main photograph was taken before the new screen in screen 1 was added. They can now show 3D films.
The Ritzy recently appeared in a comic strip in Doctor Who Magazine. The strip was set in the seventies when it was known as the Classic Cinema.
It also gets a mention in Peeping Tom
They used to put on classic double bills, but the rep programmes largely stopped after it got taken over by Pullman in the late 90s
In 1975 Tom Baker recorded an edition of Disney Time at this cinema, when it was an Odeon