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Oct 292014

The Hobbit: BFA will Premiere on December 1st!

Take a look at these photos and videos of London’s Leicester Square where we believe the premiere will take place at The Empire Cinema

Check out this video of a red carpet event at the famous London local!

A short while ago the Video Announcement for the World Premiere of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in London’s Leicester Square on December 1st was made public with our favorite heroes from the film!

We figured you might want to know a bit more about  London’s Leicester Square and how it hosts big budget red carpet events!

Leicester Square and The Empire Cinema is the perfect place for the final film in The Hobbit trilogy to open! Leicester Square has been home to countless movie premieres and red carpet events and the setting at night will be absolutely perfect! Check out the video below, along with info and photos about Leicester Square and The Empire Cinema! The video shows the Premiere of Iron Man 3 which gives a good idea of what fans can expect!!

This will definitely be a night to remember!

Iron Man 3 VIP screening in Leicester Square, London

Here is the scoop on London’s Leicester Square…

Leicester Square is a pedestrianised square in the West End of London, England. The Square lies within an area bound by Lisle Street , to the north; Charing Cross Road, to the east; Orange Street, to the south; and Whitcomb Street, to the west. The park at the centre of the Square is bound by Cranbourn Street, to the north; Leicester Street, to the east; Irving Street, to the south; and a section of road designated simply as Leicester Square, to the west. It is within the City of Westminster, and about equal distances (about 400 yards / 370 metres) north of Trafalgar Square, east of Piccadilly Circus, west of Covent Garden, and south of Cambridge Circus.

The Square is named after Robert Sidney, 2nd Earl of Leicester, who purchased four acres (1.6 hectares) in St. Martin’s Field in 1630; by 1635, he had built himself a large house, Leicester House, at the northern end. The area in front of the house was then enclosed, depriving inhabitants of St Martin in the Fields parish of their right to use the previously common land. The parishioners appealed to King Charles I, and he appointed three members of the Privy Council to arbitrate. Lord Leicester was ordered to keep part of his land (thereafter known as Leicester Field and later as Leicester Square) open for the parishioners.
The area was developed in the 1670s. It was initially fashionable and Leicester House was once residence of Frederick, Prince of Wales but by the late 18th century, the Square was no longer a smart address and began to serve as a venue for popular entertainments.

By the 19th century, Leicester Square was known as an entertainment venue, with many amusements peculiar to the era, including Wyld’s Great Globe, which was built for the Great Exhibition of 1851 and housed a giant scale map of the Earth. Several hotels grew up around the square, making it popular with visitors to London. The Alhambra, a large theatre built in 1854, dominated the site, to be joined in 1884 by the Empire Theatre of Varieties. The square remains the heart of the West End entertainment district today.

In the middle of the Square is a small park, in the centre of which is a 19th century statue of William Shakespeare surrounded by dolphins. The four corner gates of the park have one bust each, depicting Sir Isaac Newton, the scientist; Sir Joshua Reynolds, the first President of the Royal Academy; John Hunter, a pioneer of surgery; and William Hogarth, the painter. The most recent addition is a statue of film star and director Charlie Chaplin. On the pavement are inscribed the distances in miles to countries of the former British Empire.

Leicester Square is the centre of London’s cinema land, and one of the signs marking the Square bears the legend “Theatreland”. It is claimed that the Square contains the cinema with the largest screen and the cinema with the most seats (over 1600). The square is the prime location in London for world leading film premières and has seen blockbusters including Harry Potter and James Bond film series, Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, and animation films such as Shrek; and co-hosts the London Film Festival each year.

 October 29, 2014  Posted by at 5:43 pm
  • Random Musings

    I’ve actually been there. I win 😉