Empire Cinemas - London Haymarket

63-65 Haymarket,
London, SW1Y 4RQ

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Zappomatic on March 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Bit of a damp smell in screen 1 tonight, and very cold. Hope it’s nothing major!

Zappomatic on February 20, 2011 at 3:08 am

When did screen 3 go digital? Saw Biutful in there a couple of weeks ago and aside from an unfortunately noticeable keystone effect the picture was incredibly bright, sharp and vivid and the sound clean and punchy – a world of difference from its oddly angled neighbour screen 2. Can still feel the Tube running underneath though!

rdpenny on November 23, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Here is a couple of pictures from the 80’s I believe of this lovely triplex cinema View link (should work for non facebook members too and the last picture is the Virgin plan of the cinema)
Here’s some more pictures: View link

It’s a shame Brief Encounter left and they decided not to continue with theatre production like they were thinking about, but of course the recession started…just bad timing I guess.
Oh, black and white films downstairs were never going to happen by the way, but the normal art housey type of films the cinema played back then.

Spartacus was wonderful (but not a big fan of it) and the intrude was way longer than it should have been as it was repeated…but it was nice to see the film on the big screen.

HowardBHaas on May 21, 2009 at 12:50 am

Upstairs in the large auditorium this past week, the movie “Synecdoche, New York”

A sign at the theater states there will be presentations in “digital” of “Spartacus” I’m curious as to whether that classic has been put into 2 k or 4 k (the digital that some new movies are presented in, though neither would likely equal 70mm) or DVD or blue-ray (neither of which would equal 35mm)?

AdoraKiaOra on July 24, 2008 at 5:03 am

A few weeks ago they announced Brief Encounter' would extend until mid-October. I can now tell you that in the next 2 or 3 weeks a further announcement will be made stating that it will now run until Feb 22nd 2009….at least!
To back up what Jason has just said above , I can not recommend this show enough! It is simply stunning and I saw it for the 3rd time last Sunday afternoon.
What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The tickets are only £39.50 top price- most plays in the West End are topping at £55-60. Bargain!

Jason Mullen
Jason Mullen on July 24, 2008 at 4:50 am

Brief Encounter is brilliantly staged in the former screen one. The set and mix of film and live action are extremely clever. The film is recreated with added classic Noel Coward songs performed by the cast coupled with a live jazz band that serenades the audience before the show. This production should not be missed. It would be good if more theatre could be done in this space, in the meantime lets hope this show gets a further extension.

AdoraKiaOra on April 21, 2008 at 5:21 am

Lol I don’t think I’ve ever seen a full set of those bulbs in all the years they’ve been there. They are so obvious!

woody on April 21, 2008 at 4:34 am

canopy close-up
would be nice if they had replaced all the blown bulbs

larrygoldsmith on March 22, 2008 at 8:36 pm

This theatre may have been part of 20th Century Fox Film Corp. but it was never owned or operated by the FOX chain of theatres. At one time they operated several theatres in Canada ( under the National General Corp.) That is about as foreign as that chain ever got with movie theatres!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 20, 2008 at 11:30 am

The intro should Live theater and cinema as screens two and three are showing films.

AdoraKiaOra on March 7, 2008 at 6:54 am

No, not at all, no problem. I was young!!!! and obviuosly hadnt got my bearings around London by then! I have now !lol
I saw it at Swansea Odeon and then again in Marble Arch.

smoothie on March 6, 2008 at 11:30 pm

Ian ‘adoraKiaOral’ :sorry to be a snob,but “Bugsy Malone” hit the screens at the Leicester Square Theatre,not the Odeon. July 7 -August 23,1976 to be exact. Then transferred to the Odeon,Marble Arch and then in order to maintain a subsequent outlet in Central London when out on general release was parked at the Metropole and Odeon,Kensington simultaneously.

Jason Mullen
Jason Mullen on March 4, 2008 at 7:22 am

Thanks Ken for clarifying the distributer details. Also I now suddenly recall that we left the cinema in bright daylight so it must indeed have been a trade or press showing as you suggested.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 4, 2008 at 6:25 am

jason; It sound like it was a morning Trade Show or Press Show you attended. These were private, by invitation only and the were held at many cinemas in the West End from the 1940’s into the 1980’s. It was normal to hand out booklets, photos etc. The distributers of “Bugsy Malone” in the UK were Fox-Rank.

Jason Mullen
Jason Mullen on March 4, 2008 at 6:13 am

Hi Ian, I recall the musical at Her Majestys in 1984 but it was the film I saw, I still have the soundtrack album and book somewhere. It may not have been the actual premiere but some sort of special advance screening for trade clients. My father worked as a senior manager for Granada Motorway Services at the time. I really recall the foyer and staircase from the upper circle as much the same as it is at todays Cinema Haymarket. The reason it was shown here (if only once) may be that the film was a 20th Century Fox release and I think they still ran the Carlton at this time?

Jason Mullen
Jason Mullen on March 3, 2008 at 9:42 am

If my memory serves me correct I saw the premiere of the movie Bugsy Malone her in 1976 sitting in the upper circle. I Recall the then undivided auditorium being fairly ornate and also recollect the two stage boxes were still being used.After the screening all the kids and maybe adults were handed a free record and paperback book in the foyer as they left. It would be nice one day though probably not cost effective if someone could buy the office building at the back and rebuild the stage.If the planners hadn’t been so hasty in 1979 this could have been a much valued Westend Theatre. Still great that some sort of live entertainment is back.

AdoraKiaOra on February 20, 2008 at 1:37 pm

A shot of the ‘new’ Cinema Haymarket taken during previews in Feb 2008 for the stage presentation of ‘Brief Encounter'

AdoraKiaOra on February 9, 2008 at 11:52 am

I wonder if they will operate the original plan of black and white movies to complement ‘Brief Encounter’ the stage show.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 9, 2008 at 11:48 am

Movies will resume in the small screens once previews of BRIEF ENCOUNTER are over at the end of the month.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 9, 2008 at 11:21 am

Some more history and memorabilia on the Carlton Theatre here:

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 9, 2008 at 9:44 am

I understand the two smaller screens will still show first-run films during the run.

AdoraKiaOra on February 9, 2008 at 9:41 am

Thats very interesting that the two smaller screens have been ‘mothballed’ -does this spell the end of cinema in this building. What with the projector and screen being removed etc etc.
Live theatre returns to The Carlton for the first time since the late 1920s early 30s.