Odeon Isleworth

484 London Road,
Isleworth, TW7 4DH

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Odeon Isleworth

The Odeon Theatre opened on 20th March 1935 with Will Hay starring in “Dandy Dick”. It was the third Odeon Theatre that architect George Coles had designed for Oscar Deutsch and his blossoming Odeon Theatres circuit.

The Streamlined curved entrance block was Germanic in style and it look particulary striking at night when the original bands of neon tube lighting was switched on. The interior was adequate in a rather plain art deco style.

It was one of the early casualties if dwindling audiences due to TV and it closed on 5th January 1957 with Bob Hope in “That Certain Feeling” and Buster Crabbe in “Gun Brothers”.

The theatre was converted into a film studio with the auditorium basically stripped out of decoration. Known as Isleworth Studios, it concentraterd mainly on making advertisment films. By sheer luck, the name ‘Odeon’ could still be seen on the flank wall of the auditorium block for over 35 years since it ceased being a cinema, but it was removed around 1993.

The film studio moved out the building in 2001 and the auditorium block was demolished in May 2002. The front entrance block was retained, renovated and incorporated for an entrance into a new block of flats that was built on the site in 2003.

Contributed by KenRoe

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Jasonmullen
Jasonmullen on January 13, 2006 at 5:40 am

As a teenager I made an advert at the Studios, even then I was intrested in old cinemas but remember there was very little evidence of it having been one apart from the exterior as stated. My memory recalls there were two studios one at the front and one at the rear both roughthly the original height of the auditorium with dressing rooms built along the left handside. There was (at least as I recall it) no evidence of the circle which may have been removed. Later on I worked for a company belonging to the original owner of the studios and was told that at one time half the building was a TV property hire company and he developed the studios from this.

keiths
keiths on January 18, 2006 at 9:02 pm

Here is another picture, taken in 2006, showing the whole of the modern development.
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keiths
keiths on February 10, 2006 at 3:54 am

This is the correct link to the 2006 picture of the whole development.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 18, 2006 at 3:05 am

A vintage photograph of the Odeon Isleworth, taken shortly after opening in early 1935:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kencta/148782161/

kevinp
kevinp on July 1, 2007 at 2:13 am

Here’s a great link to TWELVE 1930’s original beauties of this beauty !

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keiths
keiths on August 6, 2007 at 1:46 pm

Here’s a modern pic, showing all that’s left of the original

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ksavs

kevinp
kevinp on September 6, 2008 at 1:01 pm

and here’s some more !

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keiths
keiths on December 3, 2009 at 8:45 am

My previous link has become corrupted. THIS is what the Odeon looks like in 2009.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ksavs/1033625986/

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