Pigalle Cinema

Unit 1/2, Coventry Street,
London, W1D 7DH

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This building located on the northeast corner of Great Windmill Street and Coventry Street across from the London Pavilion at Piccadilly Circus, was originally opened as Scott’s Restaurant in 1894 (architects Treadwell & Martin).

In 1972 it opened as the 96 seat, Pigalle Cinema, located upstairs. It screened uncensored sex films as a private cinema club (which was the legal way back then). It was so successful that a second screen was added, offering similar fare. From around the 5th February 1976 it began screening censored sex films to the general public, with many lurid posters to lure them in.

The Pigalle Cinema closed on 4th October 1978 and the building has now been swallowed up and become part of the Trocadero Shopping Centre. Only the facade remains. By 2023 a Five Guys burger restaurant was operating on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 17, 2008 at 1:05 pm

A current (2008) view of the former Pigalle Cinema building:

woody on July 24, 2008 at 4:21 am

view from the mid 70’s of the Pigalle showing x rated german and swedish sex films

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