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Remaining fragments of the Leicester Square Theatre's original auditorium, July 2009

The auditorium of the Leicester Square Theatre in January 1968 - Photo by John D. Sharp from the journal of the Cinema Organ Society, June 1970 - Click for many images of the remaining fragments of the auditorium in July 2009.

Above - The auditorium of the Leicester Square Theatre in January 1968 - Photo by John D. Sharp from the journal of the Cinema Organ Society, June 1970 - Click to return to the Theatre's main page.

The Leicester Square Theatre's auditorium was radically altered in 1968 when the Theatre's balcony was removed and the interior was reconstructed by the architects Arnold Dick Associates, with interior designs by Cassidy, Farrington and Dennys. The original projection box and the ceiling of the Theatre were hidden beneath a false ceiling at this time but still remained in 2009, albeit in a very sorry state after all those years, see images below.

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Click on the thumbnails above to see some of these remaining fragments and the Theatre's original fly tower and compare them with the photograph of the auditorium before the 1968 conversion shown at the top of the page. The stage itself is not visible in the photos because it was used as part of the lower cinema when the Theatre was twinned in 1991.

Sadly despite some opposition the Theatre was demolished in 2015 for the construction of an Hotel and Basement Cinema replacement.

Remaining fragment photographs by Matthew Lloyd on July 15th 2009 with the kind permission of the Odeon West End

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