Prince Charles Cinema

Prince Charles Cinema, London: Address, Phone Number, Prince Charles Cinema Reviews: 4.5/5

Prince Charles Cinema
4.5
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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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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Leicester Square / Shaftesbury Avenue
How to get there
  • Leicester Square • 2 min walk
  • Piccadilly Circus • 4 min walk
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Emma G
15 contributions
Nice enough
Aug 2021 • Family
The cinema is nice enough but the one way system is so annoying we had to go the Japan Centre to use the loos because after the film you will exit directly onto the street outside and going back in was too much of a hassle. Of course I understand independent cinemas have to be extra careful but it is a tad annoying.
Written August 15, 2021
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Mr. Patrick Turner
1 contribution
The Sound of MuzikMafia
Oct 2020
A very good rendition of Shakespeare, your royal highness. I keep coming back to Tommy's world. I enjoyed 'The Room' -- In acting class, Rialto High School, California - Ms. Bartlett Marxist theater with the Whitesell (baseball) family - they would speak about ruling over goyim - forced the entire school to watch them act out Spielberg Swindler's Wish (and funny thing is they would joke about transferring *lisps* and *accents* around like Bruce Willis, Rustin Parr or Mick Foley.) The play made others react oddly - laugh, cry and salute - the principal made a public apology to the 'victims' of the holowood/hoax.
Written May 25, 2021
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Traveller of the world
405 contributions
Social distancing not well managed
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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Shaka479
Leamington Spa, UK44 contributions
Lovely experience
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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Scott N
Boston, MA29 contributions
nice cinema that is keeping film alive
Dec 2019
This is a nice cinema (albeit one whose main screen is a bit on the small side). Ticket prices are reasonable for downtown London. Staff were pleasant. Film presentation (I saw a 70mm print of Die Hard) was great. I am happy that this cinema is keeping 35mm and 70mm film presentation alive, and look forward to returning in the future.
Written December 10, 2019
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Formster
15 contributions
Just go it’s awesome
Nov 2019 • Friends
For a cinema just off Leicester Square it’s a surprise jewel. Staff go above and beyond. The drinks selection is amazing. It was the best cinema experience in a long long time.
Written November 8, 2019
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Claire Margaret... H
London, UK5 contributions
Terrible experience at BFI London Film Festival
Oct 2019 • Business
I went along to the Prince Charles Cinema to see if I could get into Rare Beasts as part of LFF. I checked online to see that it was not sold out so I knew I could have a chance to get in with my Industry Delegate Badge. I went up to the box office and before I even opened my mouth the man who I think was in charge (tall with long brown hair) said ‘you’re an industry delegate I’m not dealing with you’, he was so breathtakingly rude I actually thought he was joking initially. I replied ‘I’m just here to ask a question, is the film sold out?’ To which he replied ‘yes it is’, yet online it said there were still tickets available. I paid a lot of money for my industry pass and could not get over how rude he was to me. The sentiment was echoed by another woman who said she had been rude to her also for asking a simple question. I gave up at that point and decided to see something at VUE West End Instead. A piece of advice to that man - do not work in customer service if you hate dealing with the general public. I will also be putting in a complaint to BFI LFF. Absolutely disgusting behaviour.
Written October 14, 2019
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Vicki G
Mansfield, UK14 contributions
Worth a visit
Sep 2019 • Couples
Took my husband to see Alien as a surprise and overall is was an enjoyable experience. Finally got to see this movie on the big screen. As others have mentioned, due to the set up of the theatre you need to make sure no one tall sits in front of you as the seats curve up towards the screen not down like in modern cinemas. If you want to see an old movie on the big screen it's worth a visit.
Written September 6, 2019
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Aleksa
London, UK28 contributions
The only independent west end cinema
Aug 2019 • Friends
Prince Charles Cinema is a rare west end gem on an account of being independent as well as repertory. This venue screens old and new classics, arthouse as well as latest releases so that suits every taste.

I had a pleasure to see quite a collection of movies here. My latest is: ‘Oldboy’ which is an old classic and one of my favourite films.

Prince Charles cinema has two screens and a bar which is situated downstairs and serves variety of drinks and snacks. Additionally venue holds movie premieres for small budget releases as well as Q&As with actors, screen writers and directors. There are sing-a-longs to well known film tracks guaranteeing great entertainment for a whole family. All these make this place very unique and attractive to every movie lover.

Written August 20, 2019
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Elain F
Sutton, UK215 contributions
Excited to go
Aug 2019 • Couples
I maybe had too high expectations but found frustrating. So much to love - independent cinema, classic movies, great prices but the layout is very strange. Rather than seats being tiered up from the screen to the back they are tiered down. This meant that we had to change seats twice as people came and sat directly in front of us and, being of short stature, all I could then see was the silhouette of someone’s head & shoulders in the middle of the screen! After moving for the 2nd time I was then very aware that I was now directly in front of someone else so spent the entire film hunched down and to the side so as not to obstruct their viewing. This was exceptionally uncomfortable. The film was fabulous (Midnight Cowboy) but the layout and seating really took the shine of it. Don’t think will return which is a shame as would like to support but just not a great experience at all unfortunately.
Written August 16, 2019
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