|Title ID||9983||Collection ID||1435|
|Title||[London at Night in Neon Lights]|
|Date||[ca. 1928 - 1935]|
|Theme||Urban Life Transport|
|Keywords||Buildings Cars Everyday Life Industry Motor Vehicles Theatre Transport Urban Areas|
|Format||16mm Black & White Silent|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
This film shows mixed shots of London at night, illuminated by neon light from street lighting, shop fronts and marketing signage on the front of buildings and theatres. Piccadilly, Leicester Square, Charing Cross all feature with close-ups of signage and street views.
This compilation features mixed shots of the West End of London at night, illuminated by neon light from street lighting, shop fronts and marketing signage on the front of buildings and shop fronts. Main content is filmed on location in Piccadilly, Leicester Square and the corner of Haymarket and Charring Cross/Trafalgar square in London.
Shots/views follow in this order: 'Charles Laughton White Women Plaza'; 'London Pavilion'; 'Bovril' advert; 'Guinness Time' clock; 'Onico' branding; 'Schweppes'; 'Non-Stop Variety'; 'Empire'; 'Swan & Logap'; 'Rialto Cinema'; 'The Star' paper; Street view with pedestrians; 'Canadian Club' cigarettes; 'Radio'; 'The clock on this building is considered to be larger than Big Ben'; 'White Star Line'; 'Julius Caesar' theatre; 'News Theatre'; Mr. Whittington'; 'Royal Ediswan Lamps for home & car'; 'Empire Theatre' with Garbo 'Catherine the Great'; 'Pathescope'; 'Trocadero'; 'Piccadilly News Theatre'; the musical 'Fred Astaire Gay Divorce'; 'Astoria Cinema'. Shops: 'SWARTS'; 'SAMMS'; 'DRAGE'S'; 'Austin Reed' Store on Regents Street; 'Hamleys' shop front with window display; 'Theatre Royal'; Haymarket street views. Several London double-decker (NS-type?) buses with covered top pass the camera as they pass by the theatre and through Charing Cross. 'Plaza' close up of a fast scrolling sign as the shot cuts to black mid-shot.