Prince Charles Cinema
Prince Charles Cinema
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In contrast to other large multiplex-cinemas in Leicester Square, this is a little gem of a theater tucked away around the corner of the busy square, which shows cult classics and modern movies at reasonable prices.
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beatrizngra
Sao Paulo, SP5 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
I went to the Grease sing along and it was exhilarating! It’s not just singing, they have a prep session in the beginning so that everyone can do a few moves from their own seats and interact with the movie with props and sounds. A lot of people dressed up as pink ladies or t-birds as well. The energy in the room was lively, the staff was lovely and inclusive. Honestly, I had so much fun.
Written April 23, 2022
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Shaka479
Leamington Spa, UK44 contributions
Dec 2019
We went for the showing of "When Harry met Sally" on new years eve. Very in keeping with the celebration. It would have been nice to be able to choose seats in advance and if you're short like me you need to make sure you dont have tall people in front of you or sit right in front (like we did). But overall it was a really nice experience. Staff were helpful and friendly. I would go back.
Written January 19, 2020
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Tina L
7 contributions
Sep 2022
I have seen over 60 films at the Prince Charles and most of them have been fantastic experiences. They show a lot of films in their proper original formats (35mm and 70mm) and they look awesome. They also do a lot of marathons and sing-alongs, which are so much fun. I can't wait to go back and, as usual I'll be taking more friends with me, some first timers.
Written September 17, 2022
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Gaeta
Peterborough, UK15 contributions
May 2022
The programming is brilliant. I look forward to reading their newsletters just to see what’s on. The reality, though, doesn’t quite match. The foyer is tiny and the staff seemed slightly amateurish and didn’t open the doors until ten minutes before the show, and it was very crowded by the time they got around to letting people in. The seats are canted UP, yes, an upslope to the screen, which is set high but not that high. I’ve never seen such an odd arrangement anywhere. My view was partly blocked. I’ll stick to the front row if I return, or better yet, stick to the AFI.
Written May 19, 2022
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Abovetheclouds
1,881 contributions
May 2021 • Solo
Came here after ages. First movie in a while with the lockdown restrictions. Was very surprised. Why they bother to have a one way system and apparently manage social distancing is beyond me! Staff tried to control the lines and the number of people in the common areas but this was not done very well. People were all over each other. Seats were distanced accordingly but not very comfortable. They advertise that they clean regularly but the floors were filthy! It was disgusting. Take a wrap or shawl with as the cinema was cold. If you go during the pandemic, book tickets in advance as there are limited seats and don't get there too early as they won't let you in. Wear masks at all times unless sitting down and eating / drinking.
Written May 20, 2021
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Helen C
London, UK3 contributions
Apr 2023 • Solo
There's me getting excited about a new experience of supporting a unique and independent cinema in the West End, but left feeling astonished at how the cinema doesn't care about supporting, literally, the paying customers who are there to watch a film. The cinema's auditorium is insanely and ridiculously raked in the wrong direction, so the rear seating is lower than the front seating, thus those sitting anywhere other than front can't see the screen and so instead get an excellent view of the heads and shoulders of those sitting in front. I at first thought that I must be imagining it, or that maybe it was some sort of optical illusion? I even got out of my seat and paced up and down the aisle to feel and look at the ramp and wonder why some clueless idiots could pass this whenever the venue was designed.  Its shocking and should be rectified. If they're taking customer's money for them to watch a film, the least they can do is let them be able to simply see the screen. 
Written April 30, 2023
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Abovetheclouds
1,881 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo
I normally decide last minute on a movie and go wherever is convenient depending on where I am, what they are playing and times. This cinema is located in the heart of the West End. Seats are fine but quite tight, yet comfortable. Screens are not huge. Attracts a more mature crowd. Lobby is quite small so don't get there too early. What I do like about this cinema is that they have a selection of current box office hits, arthouse films and classics. Also, very reasonably priced given location and in comparison to other cinemas nearby. Staff are hit and miss. Limited but sufficient choice of snacks including the usual popcorn. Loads of eateries nearby if you fancy a bite to eat before or after the movie. If your in the area but don't make a special trip.
Written March 6, 2022
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George W
10 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
Really cool in terms of the old film selection. Great curation of what they actually play.

The seats are all tilted backwards and looking upwards so if there’s someone in front of you you probably won’t be able to see unless you’re >6’. Some of the film reels are pretty worn but you might get lucky. The sound was also very quiet. Worth a go though.
Written November 2, 2021
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jackie12370
Dorset UK8 contributions
Dec 2013 • Friends
The seat design of the downstairs cinema completely detracts from the enjoyment of any film - unless you are over 6ft in height..

We were the first into this large seated area and had our pick of seats. We must have moved at least ten times. We particularly wanted to sit towards the front from the middle so as to enjoy the large screen but eventually resorted to the very back so we could stand up where necessary.. The comfy seats lean back (wherever you sit ) and most of the screen is obliterated by the seat in front of you. The middle of the cinema has a distinct "dip".

We eventually sat at the back of the cinema and I spent most of the film sitting on my coat with my legs folded underneath me in order to give me the height to see the screen. Occasionally I even resorted to sitting on the armrests.

I did complain to the Management and was offered a child's plastic booster seat.

I would have preferred to enjoy spending my £11 elsewhere. Or perhaps I should buy a periscope to take with me on another occasion?
Written December 7, 2013
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DJ S
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Solo
Unfortunately I couldn't enter the cinema because they are complicit in segregation of people on medical grounds! They are enforcing medical apartheid by demanding visitors show papers! This is a diabolical liberty and is discriminatory. Please Boycott this establishment.
Written December 28, 2021
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