"Why, the Alhambra would be almost more lively"
The Alhambra in Leicester Square, 1874
Public DomainThe Alhambra in Leicester Square, 1874 - Credit: Illustrated London News

The Alhambra in Leicester Square was originally constructed in an exotic eastern style and was known as the Royal Panopticon of Science and Art. It was later renamed the Alhambra Palace and in 1860 became a music hall, as well as a famous venue for staging ballets. After a devastating fire in 1882, the Alhambra was rebuilt in a less spectacular style, and it is here that the three men go to see a show, followed by a decent supper, after they deserted their boat at Pangbourne.

Odeon, Leicester Square
Public DomainOdeon, Leicester Square - Credit: Danjamz, Wikimedia Commons

The Alhambra closed in 1936 and was demolished, to be replaced by the Odeon Leicester Square, originally a live theatre but now a cinema where many celebrity opening nights take place, a fitting end for Three Men in a Boat.