The Beatles’ first feature film, A Hard Day’s Night, had its première at the London Pavilion on 6 July 1964.
The première was attended by The Beatles and their wives and girlfriends, and a host of important guests including Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon. Nearby Piccadilly Circus was closed to traffic as 12,000 fans jostled for a glimpse of the group.
I remember Piccadilly being completely filled. We thought we would just show up in our limo, but it couldn’t get through for all the people. It wasn’t frightening – we never seemed to get worried by crowds. It always appeared to be a friendly crowd; there never seemed to be a violent face.
It was a charity event held in support of the Variety Club Heart Fund and the Docklands Settlements, and the most expensive tickets cost 15 guineas (£15.75).
After the screening The Beatles, the royal party and other guests including The Rolling Stones enjoyed a champagne supper party at the Dorchester Hotel, after which some of them adjourned to the Ad Lib Club until the early hours of the morning.
Also on this day...
- 2018: Ringo Starr live: Salle des Étoiles Sporting Club, Monte Carlo, Monaco
- 2011: Paul McCartney launches design competition for graphic designers and illustrators
- 2010: Apple Records’ remastered back catalogue to be released
- 1966: The Beatles’ first trip to India
- 1963: Live: Memorial Hall, Northwich
- 1962: Live: Riverboat Shuffle, MV Royal Iris, River Mersey
- 1961: Mersey Beat launches
- 1957: John Lennon meets Paul McCartney
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We were there by chance, we just got to London and we see some great girls running to Piccadilly Hey.. we followed them, without knowing we were becoming witness of history in the making.
Yes we were there.
The limo finally was able to get to the Pavillion cinema,the Beatles came off running inside the theater.Thousand of people cheered, screamings incredibly, sireens from umbulances banging the air picking up little girls fainting everywhere.
The Beatles have been the companions of our life.
(The movie was’nt too bad)