London: "A Hard Day's Night"
and "Help!" locations
Marylebone Station exterior
The rear fire escape of the Hammersmith Odeon (now the Apollo) was the
start of the Beatle-frolic sequence accompanied by "Can't
Buy Me Love" in "A Hard Day's Night." The Odeon itself was the
site of the 38 performances that made up the Beatles' series of Christmas
Shows in 1964. The actual frolicking took place at the Thornbury Playing
Grounds of Stanborough Road in Hounslow (and also at a helicopter
launch pad at Gatwick Airport). The Marylebone Train Station
was the setting for the memorable opening scenes of "A Hard Day's
Night." The opening scene of John, George & Ringo running toward the
camera was shot on Boston Place, the small street that runs along the
right side of Marylebone Station. (Paul, disguised, is waiting in the
station with his grandfather...)
Three sites from Ringo's "deserter" sequence in "A Hard Day's Night":
the road where he begins his adventure (and is recognized and chased
by two fans), the riverside path he wanders along and the pub he briefly
terrorizes. Lancaster Road is in Notting Hill; the Thames tow-path is
near Kew Bridge, and the Turks Head pub is in Twickenham.
165 New Bond
Ailsa Avenue 1965
Ailsa Avenue 1997
The storefronts of the City Barge pub, by the Thames in Chiswick, and
Asprey's (then and now a famous jewelry store) were both featured in "Help."
Alisa Avenue, in Twickenham, was the setting for the opening scenes of
"Help," as the Beatles enter adjacent row houses that turn out
to be one
big Beatle home inside (though the interior was actually a set in the
Twickenham film studio).
Studios viewing theatre
Studio One at Twickenham
Twickenham Studios are a group of buildings located near the St. Margarets
train station, west of Richmond and a long distance from London's city
center. (The presence of the studios accounts for the Twickenham locales
of many of the outdoor scenes.) The first half of the "Let It Be" film
was also shot in the cavernous Studio One at Twickenham.
London Pavilion Theater
Cliveden House, about an hour west of London, was the stand-in for
Buckingham Palace in "Help!" The Palace scenes were filmed there, as was
the brief romp-in-the-woods "Intermission," which was set in the Clivedon
Pavilion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus was the site of the premieres of
"A Hard Day's Night,"
"Help!" and "Yellow Submarine," with all the
attendant chaos of Beatlemania. In the background of the photo above is
the Prince of Wales Theatre, site of the 1963 Royal Command Variety Show
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