Odeon Marble Arch

2 Edgware Road,
London, WC2 2EN

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Odeon Marble Arch

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The Regal Cinema opened on 29th November 1928 with Al Jolson starring in “The Singing Fool”. The architect was Clifford Aish, assisted by Frederick Ernest Bromige, and they designed an imposing structure located on the corner of Edgware Road and Oxford Street that had three entrances. Construction took seventeen months.

The interior decorative scheme was the work of Charles Muggeridge who created what is known as an Atmospheric style, which in this case had the setting of a Roman temple that had glades of trees and garlands of creepers that were visible behind the colonnade on the side walls. The ceiling had a massive pergola which was covered in golden creeper, through which could be seen an imitation sky with twinkling stars and cloud patterns.

The Regal Cinema was equipped with a Hill, Norman & Beard designed Christie 4Manual/36Rank theatre pipe organ, the largest in Europe which was opened by Quentin Maclean. There was a fully equipped stage and another facility was the provision of a restaurant.

Within six months of opening, the Regal Cinema had been taken over by Associated British Cinemas(ABC) who operated it until early-January 1945. Odeon Theatres then took control and refurbished it, but before they could re-open, the Regal Cinema suffered damage from one of the last flying bombs to hit London and it remained closed until September 1945 when it re-opened as the Odeon Marble Arch.

The Odeon closed on 22nd March 1964 with “The Long Ships”. It was demolished, to be replaced by an office block and a new modern Odeon Marble Arch, which still operates today, although now as a five screen cinema.

Contributed by KenRoe

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SethLewis
SethLewis on July 23, 2005 at 6:04 am

The rebuilt Odeon Marble Arch was a gem…Saw Oliver there in the 60’s and The Doors and Terminator 2 there in the 90s…The decline of 70mm and roadshow style attractions made this theater hard to programme towards the end…it day dated a lot with Odeon Leicester Sq and rollout runs but lost its exclusive feel therefore plexing was the way to go. The plexing isnt terrible but no joy – have seen Speed 2 and The Tailor of Panama here. The programming is generally along the lines of a wide rollout keeping in mind the neighborhood is now made up of primarily upscale Middle Easter residents

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 23, 2005 at 6:15 am

The rebuilt Odeon Marble Arch has its own page here /theaters/1830/

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 11, 2005 at 12:02 pm

A 1948 exterior photograph of the original Regal/Odeon, Marble Arch here:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 22, 2006 at 10:44 am

Oops, here that 2nd link again:
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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on December 3, 2007 at 11:13 pm

scroll down to page 11 to see vintage photo of organ console on stage:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 15, 2009 at 1:40 pm

A night view of the Odeon Marble Arch in November 1955. The main corner entrance is on the left:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/allhails/2807665107/

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on September 13, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Real and cinema royalty attend the original Odeon Marble Arch in 1949: britishpathe

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on October 19, 2012 at 6:12 pm

I was told by a high up Rank contact I dealt with regular. That there is or was an interesting conditon on the lease from the Freeholders. That a number of Seats had to be on permenantly reserved for them…

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on December 25, 2012 at 11:34 am

@ Tinseltoes See Pictures of Her Maj …

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