Theatre London Casino
Cinerama film formats shown 3-strip and 70mm
3-strip dates From 09/30/54 to 03/26/65
70mm dates From 04/08/65 to 1974
Screen curvature and size 146 degree louvered screen: 64ft by 24ft - removed 09/19/74
Address Old Compton Street
Comments First and most profitable Cinerama theatre outside of USA. European HQ for Cinerama
Current status Restored to use as a live theatre under its original name Prince Edward Theatre

 

 

LONDON CASINO CINERAMA PLAYDATES

 

 

Installation of Cinerama began 7thAug1954

THIS IS CINERAMA. (European Premiere)

 

                Thurs Sept 30 1954 to Sat Jan 28 1956.    69 weeks.

CINERAMA HOLIDAY. (European Premiere).

 

                 Fri Feb 3 1956 to Sun Feb 8 1958.         105 weeks.

SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD.

 

                 Thurs Feb 12 1958 to Sat Oct 31 1959.     90 weeks.

 

SOUTH SEAS ADVENTURE.

                 Tue Nov 3 1959 to Sat March 4 1961.      69 weeks.

 

SEARCH FOR PARADISE.

                 Tue March 7 1961 to Sat Nov 4 1961.      35 weeks.

 

THIS IS CINERAMA.

                 Sun Nov 5 1961 to Sat Feb 24 1962.       16 weeks.

 

CINERAMA HOLIDAY.

                 Sun Feb 25 1962 to Sat May 19 1962.      12 weeks.

 

SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD.

                 Sun May 20 1962 to Sat Aug 18 1962.      13 weeks.

 

SOUTH SEAS ADVENTURE.

 

                 Sun Aug 19 1962 to Sat Oct 27 1962.       10 weeks.

 

 

 

A live orchestra played before the show and at intermission from 1954 to 1960.


Theatre closed for installation of new Philips projectors and removal of the console - 28 Oct 62 to 31 Oct 62.

HOW THE WEST WAS WON. (World Premiere).

 

                  Thurs Nov 1 1962 to Sat March 19 1965.     123 weeks.

 

WINDJAMMER. (Charity Show for Sail Training Association in presence of Prince Philip). One Performance only - Monday November 23 1964.

 

HOW THE WEST WAS WON. Resumes.

 

Tue Nov 24 1964 to Sat March 19 1965.

ClNERAMA HOLIDAY.                   Mon March 21 1965. 1 Day.
SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD.   Tue March 22 1965. 1 Day.
SEARCH FOR PARADISE.              Wed March 23 1965. 1 Day.
SOUTH SEAS ADVENTURE
.            Thur March 24 1965. 1 Day.
WINDJAMMER.                          Fri March 25 1965. 1 Day.
THIS IS CINERAMA.                     Sat March 26 1965. 1 Day.

 

 

The end of 3 strip Cinerama at the Casino.

 

 

 

Theatre closed for removal of 3-Strip equipment and refurbishment from 27Mar65 to 8Apr65. The centre 'Baker' projection Box was enlarged and two Philips DP 70 machines installed.
Able & Charlie boxes remained, but closed off.

 

70mm CINERAMA.

 

THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD.   

                                UltraPanavision. (European Premiere)  

                                Thurs April 8 to Wed July 21 1965.  15 weeks. 

                                Transferred to Royalty.

THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL.                                                                                

                               UltraPanavision.

                              Thurs July 22 to Wed Dec 15 1965.                           21 weeks.

BATTLE OF THE BULGE.                                                                                 

                                UltraPanavision.

  Thurs Dec 16 1965 to Wed June 8 1966.            25 weeks.

                            Transferred to Coliseum.

KHARTOUM.                                                           UltraPanavision.

(Royal World Premiere).

Thurs June 9 1966 to Wed March 8 1967.          39 weeks.

GRAND PRIX.      Super Panavision.

                             Fri March 10 1967 to Tue Nov 7 1967.     34 weeks.

  Transferred to Coliseum.

CUSTER OF THE WEST. (World Premiere)        Super Technirama.

Thurs Nov 9 1967 to Tue April 30 1968.           25 weeks.

 

2001, A SPACE ODYSSEY.                        Super Panavision

             Wed May 1 1968 to Tue Mar 26 1969                     47 weeks.
 

ICE STATION ZEBRA.     Super Panavision.

                              Wed March 27 to Wed Oct 8 1969.                            27 weeks.

 

WINNING                                               Panavision 70

                     Thurs Oct 9 1969 to Sat Nov 29 1969                7 weeks

 

 

 

THEATRE CLOSED FOR 4 WEEKS FOR REVAMP.

 

BEN-HUR.            MGM Camera 65.

                                                          Dec 26 1969 to May 6 1970.                                      19 weeks.

                            PATTON.                    (Photographed and Presented in D-150).

                                                          May 8 to Oct 14 1970.                                            22 weeks.

                            TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARAH.                              Panavision 70.

                                                          Fri Oct 15 to Wed Dec 9 1970.                                  8 weeks.

                            SONG OF NORWAY.                                                      Super Panavision.

                                                          Fri Dec 11 1970 to Wed Feb 2 1972.                          60 weeks.

                            ZULU.                                                                           Super Technirama.

                                                          Thurs Feb 3 to Mon March 29 1972.                          7 weeks.

                            THE COWBOYS. (European Premiere).                    Panavision 70.

                                                          Tue March 21 to Wed April 26 1972                         5 weeks.

Theatre closed for 3 weeks.

                             SONG OF NORWAY                                                Super Panavision.

                                                          Thurs May 18 to Tue May 30 1972.                      2 weeks.

                             THE REVENGERS                                                 Panavision 70.

                                                           Wed May 31 to Wed June 21 1972.                      3 weeks.

THE RED TENT.

                                                          Thurs June 22 to Mon July 17 1972.                          4 weeks.

                            THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.                                  VistaVision.

                                            Tue July 18 to Wed Sept 27 1972.                                     10 weeks.

                             SILENT RUNNING.                                                       70mm.

                                            Thurs Sept 28 to Thurs Oct 19 1972.                                 3 weeks.

                            2001, A SPACE ODYSSEY                                       Super Panavision.

Fri Oct 20 to Tue Nov 28 1972.       6 weeks 

                            THE GREAT WALTZ.                                               Panavision 70.

                                                           Wed Nov 29 1972 to Wed May 2 1973.                      22 weeks.

                            DIRTY HARRY/KLUTE                                             Panavision.

                                                           Thurs May 3 to Wed May 16 1973.                            2 weeks.

                            THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI.                       70mm 

                                                          Thur May 17 to Wed June 20 1973.                            5 weeks.

                            THE LAST VALLEY.                                                 Todd-AO.

                                                           Thur June 21 to Wed July 4 1973.                             2 weeks.

                            KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA.                                  70mm.

                                                          Thurs July 5 to Wed July 25 1973.                             3 weeks.

                            GLASTONBURY FAIR/ZACHARIAH.                        35mm Widescreen.

                                                           Thurs July 26 to Wed Aug 1 1973.                             1 week.

                            SONG OF NORWAY                                               Super Panavision.

                                                           Thurs Aug 2 to Wed Aug 15 1973.                             2 weeks.

                            THE GREAT RACE                                                Panavision 70.

                                                           Thur Aug 16 to Wed Sept 19 1973.                            5 weeks.

                            THE GETAWAY/STRAW DOGS.                              Panavision.

                                                           Thurs Sept 20 to Wed Oct 17 1973.                           4 weeks.

THIS IS CINERAMA. (Royal Charity Premiere). 70mm version.

Thurs Oct 18 1973 to Wed Jan 16 1974.             13 weeks.

SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS             70mm.

Thurs Jan 17 to Wed Feb 13 1974.

THE HEROES.

 

                              Thurs Feb 14 to Weds March 6 1974.                        3 weeks.

BEACH OF THE WAR GODS.                   35mm Dyaliscope

                              Thurs March 7 to Wed March 27 1974                     3 weeks

                                                                                IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD.                                                                                 UltraPanavision.

                                                                                                              Thurs March 28 to Wed April 10 1974.         2weeks.

                                                                                RUN RUN JOE   70mm from Techniscope.

                                                                                                              Thurs April 11 to Wed May 8 1974.            4 weeks.

 

From this time, the ‘CINERAMA’ credit was dropped from all press advertising and
Cinerama lenses are believed to have been withdrawn.

Known just as CASINO CINEMA.

WATERLOO. 

                              Thurs May 9 to Wed May 22 1974.                            2 weeks.

HOW TO DESTROY THE REPUTATION OF THE GREATEST SECRET AGENT.

                              Thurs May 23 to Wed June 5 1974.                           2 weeks.

MAGNUM FORCE/DIRTY HARRY.

                              Thurs June 6 to Wed June 26 1974.                             3 weeks.

MAME                                                                   Panavsion 70.

                              Thurs June 27 to Thurs Aug 8 1974.                            6 weeks.

ENTER THE DRAGON/KING BOXER.

                              Fri Aug 9 to Wed Sept 4 1974.                                   4 weeks.

CLEOPATRA JONES/BLACK EYES.

                              Thurs Sept 5 to Sat Sept 18 1974.                             2 weeks.

 

Cinerama Screen and 70mm projectors removed 19 September 1974.


New flat screen installed with a single 35mm Philips machine in B projection box.

 

Floor plans for 3-strip Cinerama

Interior of London Casino showing Able and Baker boxes.

Prologue Screen for showing of This Is Cinerama

Full Screen.

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How The West Was Won world premiere program

 

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Floor plans for 70mm Cinerama

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Floor plans after Cinerama