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SJT commented about Odeon Temple Fortune on Jun 4, 2011 at 7:04 pm

As a PPS, I’ve taken advantage of your “please update the view” rubric, that’s only just appeared, and adjusted the picture laboriously by some mile and a quarter. What it NOW shows is indeed the site of the former Odeon

SJT commented about Odeon Temple Fortune on Jun 3, 2011 at 10:26 pm

As a PS. I don’t know the old Odeon’s number on the Finchley Road, but it occupied the entire block between Birnbeck Close and Child’s Way. I saw “The Agony and the Ectasy” there, in 70mm, sitting in the huge Circle all to myself…

SJT commented about Odeon Temple Fortune on Jun 3, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Your Google picture and co-ordinates for this cinema’s location is quite wrong, about one mile away from the actual site, which was just past the crown of Temple Fortune Hill once the parade of shops had stopped, and which is now an enormous Twilight Home (unlike the small offices you show above). What you’re displaying is the location, at 763 Finchley Road, of the former Regal Cinema, which you have separately – and correctly – on this site.

The Temple Fortune Odeon was vast & looked like this:

SJT commented about ABC Ionic Golders Green on Jun 3, 2011 at 9:39 pm

The building on the far right, set back from the road, is the original Ionic.

And this is its interior

SJT commented about Odeon Tottenham Court Road on Jun 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm

This is the original facade:

As of mid-2011, fifty years after its demolition, it is still a hole-in-the-ground car park. Progress….

SJT commented about Odeon Hendon on Jun 2, 2011 at 7:09 pm

There most certainly was a Circle! I sat there often enough (and indeed had several formative encounters there unrelated to film) It must have seated between 400-500, the rest being in the Stalls (around 800)the back of which had a semi-occluded view of the whole enormous screen because of the overhang. If you look at any of the surviving photos of what was a large building you will see that it was very high, with an giant tea-rooms/restaurant behind the windows on the first floor, which backed on to the Circle entrance through a single, central door. As far as I know, right to the end it retained its original, multi-drop curtains: and the decor was pure Art Deco. Do any interior shots exist?