• Short Summary

    Crowds turn out of the Empire Theatre in Leicester Square.

  • Description

    Opening of the Empire, Leicester Square - Crowds and cars outside floodlit cinema where 'Trelawny of the Wells' is showing."

    First shot all dark except marquee: Norma Shearer in Trelawny of the Wells. Then spotlights on big crowd in front of cinema; more people continue to arrive; automobiles pass in FG. Shot looking upward to top part of building; incl. decorated window inside indented arch. Pan down to ground again. Closer shot panning along street crowd on both sides of street.

    Closer shot crowd in front of theatre entrance. Wide shot from park across st. tree in FG. Pan down to spotlight operator next to tree. Pan down st. MS spotlight operator (in silhouette) w/ crowd; traffic; theatre in BG. Another shot panning from behind several spotlight guys (and cameras?). Shot just outside entrance: poster for the film (no pictures); pan on crowd bustling about.

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    Film ID:
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    Old negatives
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:02:00 / 01:05:25:00
    ON 492 G

Comments (2)

  1. jamied says

    The Empire opened on 8 November 1928.

    "Trelawney of the Wells" should read Trelawny of the Wells.

    "Epire" in tags should read Empire.

  2. British Pathé says


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