Today a copy of the Shakespeare memorial in Westminster Abbey stands in the centre and a statue of Charlie Chaplin looks on from the edge next to busts of Sir Isaac Newton, William Hogarth and Joshua Reynolds - all of whom lived in the area during the 18th century.But it wasn't until the mid-19th Century that the square began to be recognised as a playground for entertainment, with Turkish baths, oyster rooms and music halls sprouting up all over the place.Then in the 1930s movie mania set in and cinemas replaced the old-time attractions.
The Square is a popular meeting place for friends looking for a drink and a chat after a hard days slog and for tourists who seem to enjoy congregating outside the tube station.
The cinemas claim to be the biggest and best but consequently tickets are the most expensive in town.
It will cost you at least £7.50 to see Independence Day at the Empire, for example.
: Mon-Thu before 5pm Stalls £12, child £9, OAP £11, family £36, NUS £11, Rear Circle £14, child £11, OAP £13, family £44, NUS £13, Royal Circle £18, child £15, OAP £17, family £60, NUS £17, Mon-Thu after 5pm Stalls £16, child £11, OAP £13, family £44, NUS £13, Rear Circle £18, child £13, OAP £15, family £52, NUS £15, Royal Circle £22, child £17, OAP £19, family £68, NUS £19, Fri-Sun, Bank Hols Stalls £16, child £11, OAP £13, family £44, NUS £13, Rear Circle £18, child £13, OAP £15, family £52, NUS £15, Royal Circle £22, child £17, OAP £19, family £68, NUS £19, 3D Films + £2 adult, £6.40 family, £1.60 other Been there?
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