Odeon Hornchurch

31 High Street,
Hornchurch, RM11 1TP

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Towers/Odeon Hornchurch

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Located in Hornchurch, Essex, today a district to the east of Greater London. Opened as the Towers Cinema on 3rd August 1935 screening the double bill programme, “The Phantom Light” starring Binnie Hale and “Vagabond Lady” starring Robert Young.

It was built for and operated initially by the independent D.J. James Circuit and had interior decorations by Clark & Fenn. The Towers Cinema had a fully equipped stage and dressing rooms and a cafe/ballroom.

By 1939 it had been taken over by another small independent circuit, Eastern Cinemas who in turn were taken over by Oscar Deutsch’s Odeon Theatres circuit in 1943. It was re-named Odeon from 26th June 1950.

The Odeon closed on 6th October 1973 screening the James Bond movie “Live and Let Die” and was converted into a Top Rank Bingo Hall. It became a Mecca Bingo Club and the building was in excellent condition when it was closed on 1st November 2015. Reason for closure was the building had been purchased by Lidl supermarkets to be demolished and a new supermarket will be built on the site.

Contributed by KenRoe

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Wilpeter on December 21, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Back in 1949-52, while living in Hornchurch, my Saturday mornings were always at the matinee. Upstairs, to avoid the litter from above; a cartoon, newsreel, an episode of Dick Barton, and a main feature. Then I’d walk to the bakery and buy a round loaf, which I demolished on my way home. I recall it was 6d for down and 9d for the balcony. Those were the days! Pete

GeraldGlover on October 7, 2015 at 7:01 am

Recently announced – Mecca has sold this venue to Lidl.

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