Cinematograph Theatre, 44 Great Windmill Street, London, England

Excerpt, “The Latest from London by our English Correspondent”, Moving Picture News, May 27, 1911:

“The theaters under control of Mr. Montagu A. Pike–the pioneer of the ‘Nickelodeon’ on this side–are all making good. The leading West End Theater, a photograph of which I am able to give below, is patronized by the elite.”

2014-07-06_124630_pe (Medium)“The latest films are always shown, many of them of an exclusive character. The house is situated in the heart of the theatre area in this city, viz, at Piccadilly Circus W., and record patronage is expected during the Coronation festivities.”

Excerpt, Cinema News and Property Gazette, February 26, 1913:

pyke_pe“When I dropped into the house in the course of the afternoon I found an audience comprised of the élite of London. There was not an available seat at the time, and chatting with an habitue of the place I was informed that this state of things generally prevailed from the time the house was opened until it closed each night. I do not wonder at this, for on the whole, taking into account both music and pictures, the entertainment provided is one of the best in London. V.F.T.”

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, chosen 2010 Best Book of the Year by the Theatre Historical Society.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2014, historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.



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