'Yellow Submarine' World Première Takes Place at London Pavilion This Weekend In 1968

July 16, 2016

During this weekend in 1968

The Beatles' fourth film

the animated fantasy 'Yellow Submarine' Premiers

at the London Pavilion on Piccadilly Circus

Although the group had largely retreated from the public eye

in recent months with their trip to India

and the recording of the White Album

their popularity remained undiminished

As with their previous film openings

large crowds turned out

blocking streets and bringing traffic to a standstill


George and Pattie Harrison

Ringo Starr and Maureen Starkey

John Lennon and Yoko Ono all attended

The only Beatle to arrive alone

was Paul McCartney whose fiancée Jane Asher was absent


Three days later

Asher announced the end of their relationship on BBC television


Among the other guests

were The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards plus members of The Who Status Quo and Grapefruit


After the première The Beatles went to a celebratory party

at the Royal Lancaster Hotel  

where the in-house discothèque

was renamed Yellow Submarine for the occasion

In fact

It retained the name for several years after…


Although the four band members in the picture

are voiced by professional actors

The Beatles themselves make a cameo in the finale

leading movie audiences through the song All Together Now!




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