The film ran at the Odeon until 6th February, 1963. The film's length was 222 mins at the Odeon, when it commenced at the Metropole, Victoria on 7th Feb. it was trimmed down by twenty minutes to 202. It still ran for two performances a day and one on Sundays. It is obvious that the film was not cut for this reason but for reasons a little unclear at the time. Documentation clearly shows that the cuts were supervised by Lean obviously, I think, under pressure from Spiegel. It wasn't until 1989 that Lean was free to supervise the film's editing to match closely the premiere version.I believe it was only shown for a short while at it's original running time at Leicester Sq. and then edited to fit in an extra screening. Am I wrong ?
When Lean was editing "Ryan's Daughter" at Pinewood in 1970, I recall clearly when Lean went over to Shepperton to do a further edited version, this time probably under the pressure of Columbia, for the US. It ran often in a double bill at US revival theatres with "The Man Who Would Be King".
When the film was re-issued at the Dominion, Tottenham Court Road in 1970 it was the regular 202 minute version that played at the Metropole and on it's general release in 1965 on the Rank Circuit. It continued in the UK at 202 minutes right up to the restoration in '89.