The Prince Charles: A Cinematic Institution

Proof that royalty was good for something. Is this the greatest cinema in the country? 

Ask any film geek what their perfect cinema would be, and it would undoubtedly look something like The Prince Charles in Leicester Square. Unrivalled in their love for the world’s finest art form (it is, no arguments), they have steadily amassed a reputation as Britain’s premier independent movie house. Replete with classic films in their original 35mm prints and an auditorium that puts my local Odeon to shame, The Prince Charles is practically the country’s beating heart when it comes to motion pictures. It’s just bloody typical that they’re in London.

The biggest reason for their success is surely the marathons and themed festivals, which are amazing in their breadth and quality. If there’s another place in these fair isles that offers something as spectacular as the Alien series back-to-back, feel free to let me know. Whether it be to promote an upcoming franchise release or a ‘thon dedicated to a fan-friendly director, they go above and beyond what most indie screens can manage. They’ve even been known to attract the filmmakers themselves for Q&A’s, who are usually eager to relive their efforts with an excitable audience. Could there be anything better than an “Edgar Wright Takeover”?

I bring all of this up because independent cinemas in the UK could learn a lot from The Prince Charles, especially the beloved Electric in our humble Birmingham. Why don’t more places take note and start wildly extravagant arse-numbing marathons? Yeah, its a costly endeavour, but they’re all but guaranteed to make their investment back. There’s a nationwide audience out there dying for an alternative to the multiplex, and unless you’re lucky enough to live in the capital, that thirst is going largely unquenched. Would dreaded Internet piracy really put you off paying for an evening’s entertainment when your money will get you up to six classics in one sitting? I think not.

The Prince Charles is the fucking future. Let’s hope that they continue for a long time to come whilst showing its competitors how to do it. Anywhere that has a night devoted to Bill Murray is fine with us…

Upcoming Events

Shane Black Overnight Marathon (Date Unconfirmed) – Lethal Weapon, The Monster Squad, The Last Boy Scout, Last Action Hero, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

Prince Double-Feature (12/07/13) – Purple Rain and Graffiti Bridge.

Pyjama Party 7  (13/07/13) – Weird Science, Heathers, The Craft, The Faculty, Cruel Intentions, 10 Things I Hate About You.

Troll 2 and Best Worst Movie (18/07/13).

To find out more about The Prince Charles, visit their official site or give them a follow on Facebook.

Dave James

Editor-in-Chief at Film freak, music minion, professional procrastinator, podcaster, video-maker, all around talented git.

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