Odeon South Woodford

58 High Road,
London, E18 2QL

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Odeon South Woodford

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Opened as the Majestic Theatre, the last to be built of a small independent chain of five Majestic Theatres built in the outer London suburbs and the South East of England.

It opened on 5th November 1934 with Claudette Colbert starring in “Cleopatra” and the opening was presided over by Winston Churchill who at that time was the local Member of Parliament.

The architect was S.B. Pritlove who designed a pleasing Art Deco style suburban cinema which seated 1,724 in stalls and circle levels. It was equipped with a Compton theatre organ and a retaurant/ballroom.

The Majestic Theatre was taken over by Associated British Cinemas (ABC) from 5th August 1935 and they continued to run it for many years. The Majestic Cinema was closed to be tripled on 4th November 1972 and re-opened on 5th February 1973 as ABC 1-2-3 with seating for 592, 201 and 133.

In 1986 it was re-named Cannon and since then further screens have been added in unused spaces such as the former ballroom. It now operates as a seven-screen Odeon Cinema (sometimes advertised as the Odeon, South Woodford). Seating capacities in 2008 are given as; 207, 158, 111, 153, 154, 92 and 144

Contributed by KenRoe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 3, 2006 at 10:19 am

Here is a 2002 photograph and more details on the Odeon (South) Woodford:
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htshell
htshell on July 1, 2011 at 8:01 pm

The marquee of the ABC Woodford is featured briefly in Peter Greenaway’s 1976 experimental short Dear Phone.

Thorpex
Thorpex on June 20, 2017 at 7:57 pm

I think someone has made a mistake with the date when this was changed into a triple cinema. The text says it happened in 1937 but I know for a fact that I used to go to saturday morning pictures during the late 60’s early 70’s and it was still the Majestic back then with a single screen and used to cost 5 new pence. It was definitely still Single screen Majestic when the movie S.W.A.L.K was released in 1971 because it was at the Majestic that I went and saw it

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 21, 2017 at 2:42 am

Thorpx: Many thanks for pointing out the date typo for tripling in the introduction. It has now been corrected.

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