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215-217 Piccadilly, Mayfair WIV 9LD. Tel: +44 (0)20 7287 4322. (Piccadilly Circus tube; South side exit no.3). Seats: 1=124; 2=118. Prices range from £2.80-£6.00.

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      23.08.2000 03:50
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      This cinema may well be familiar to fans of John Landis's film 'An American Werewolf in London', because it was here that David (the werewolf) meets his zombified friend Jack. At that time, and indeed, in the film, the cinema on this site showed porn, but nowadays it's a perfectly respectable cinema... even if the suspicious stains on the walls suggest otherwise! The ABC cinema generally shows arthouse and independent films, along with some of the less mainstream Hollywood films, which usually open here several months after they went on general release. For example, 'American Psycho' is showing there at the time that I am writing this review, some four months after its UK general release date! However, this was also one of the few cinemas in the country to show the excellent Japanese film 'Kikujiro', and it does seem to have a commitment to showing some excellent world cinema! The last time I visited this cinema was to see the tedious and overlong Ally Sheedy lesbian film 'High Art' in 1999. I found the staff of the cinema to be pretty curt, but not actually unpleasant. The screens were both underground, and quite small though. Probably the biggest advantage about the cinema is its central location, literally a few feet from Piccadilly Circus Underground station. Prices aren't too bad for a West End cinema either - £4.30 on Mondays, £6 the rest of the week - but expensive for cinemas when compared with the rest of the country!

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