Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Prince Charles Cinema

London The Unfinished City
The canopy is not just for the advertising of films.

The Prince Charles Cinema is one of my favourite cinemas to visit. They show a minimum of ten films, per week, which mostly consist of cult, arthouse or independent movies, with the occasional new movie thrown in.

It shows sing-a-long and quotable versions of some films, like The Sound of Music and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. They also show movie marathons, like The Arnie All-nighter, where six Arnold Schwarzenegger movies were shown back-to-back. That was a particularly long night. They also do things like 'Beer & Pizza' nights, where a slice of pizza and a beer are included in the ticket price.

Brief History

The building originally opened as a theatre, in 1962, before becoming a porn cinema, for a short period. Eventually it opened as a repertory cinema and has gone from strength-to-strength.

The cinema has two screens: upstairs seats 104 people, on high-back leather chairs, while downstairs can seat 300, on velvet cinema seats.

Such is the status of the Prince Charles Cinema that many directors and actors, from films being shown, have been to the screenings to give Q&A sessions after the showing. 

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