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Correction to the above information – the Kingswest Centre is not on the site of the former Opera House / Palladium / Odeon, It is the Brighton Centre (Conference venue and Concert Hall) which occupies the site of this former Frank Matcham designed theatre.
A photo taken just as the demolition men took control of the building in 1990:-
As they were part way through their work:-
The entrance foyer after 17 years of dis-use:-
Finally, a photo taken just after closure, before it was boarded up and showing the canopy:-
It was all renewed 3 years ago with “state of the art” facilities – but every one says that!
I can try and find out for you.
This part of the comments would be better on the Futurist page rather than the Odeon Leicester Square.
A couple of recent exteriors so you can judge for yourself about the new look marquee:–
Not true – Harry Potter is on at present.
The theatre has a 6 week summer season of live shows – with films in the afternoons and one evening a week.
Outside this it is a cinema 95% of the time with occasional one night live performances.
Another photo as a bingo hall here :–
Tim – IF you are able to get in during the clean-up / transformation, and you need a friend with a camera ………. !!
Another photo from 1991 here – a visit by the Cinema Theatre Association :–
Photos taken during the conversion of the Odeon Cinema to the Stephen Joseph Theatre here:–
McCarthy Auditorium â€" the former rear circle of the Odeon:
The Round Theatre â€" in the now gutted front stalls area of the Odeon:
Exterior from 1973 here:–
Another exterior here :–
A slightly earlier shot of the former cinema here:–
A view from 1934 here :–
Yes Tim! I am THAT Ian !!!! (aka stagedoor on flickr for the closing night pics). Your group certainly made a spectacular entrance – added a showmanship style sadly lacking from Odeon for the occasion.
To quote from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, Kev, “From your mouth to God’s ears”
Excellent news! Any news on the opening date?
The Regal / Essoldo is now known as the Carlton Bingo Club.
Exterior photo’s taken in 2007 here:–
Photos taken in 2007 here:–
Photos of the Essoldo here:–
A few photos of this single screen cinema here :–
Exterior (side view):
A few photos taken in 2007 of the derelict Odeon:–
Little changed in this 1989 shot as the Granada Bingo Club:–
A report from the Cinema Theatre Association, who put the Odeon forward for an urgent spot-listing, states that:–
“We were completely shocked and horrified to discover from the English Heritage inspector that most of the interior decoration had been deliberately trashed in a targeted removal of anything of architectural merit.”
Another exterior photo here :–
Two photos (inside and out) of the Regent here:–
Exterior – View link
Interior – View link