Cinema And The West End, 1906-1930

Close-ups of 16 early West End film venues


The West End has been London’s premier entertainment district since the nineteenth century. By the 1900s, it was home to the city’s major theatres, opera houses, concert halls, restaurants, clubs and department stores. It was a destination for Londoners, as well as for tourists from further afield, and the centre of the city’s nightlife. Cinemas opened in the West End as early as 1906. By the 1920s they were focal points for life and leisure in the area. Explore this online exhibition to find out how moving pictures found a space in the busy entertainment scene ‘up West’.



West End Map

West End Map

Click the map above to discover some of the West End cinema locations.

Centre for Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Projects (CHIRP)