Odeon Hackney Road

211 - 217 Hackney Road,
London, E2 8NA

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Odeon Hackney Road

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This was the 124th of the original Oscar Deutsch Odeon Theatre’s to be built and it was one of eleven that architect Andrew Mather designed for the circuit.

The Odeon Theatre opened on 27th July 1938 with Max Miller in “Thank Evans”. Although designed in an Art Deco style, here at Hackney Road it was rather plain. The main facade of the building was a straight, flat elevation covered in cream faiance tiles and broken only by a vertical sign just off centre which had the theatre’s name, and an overhanging slab across two-thirds of the top of the building. Inside the auditorium seating was arranged in stalls (1,260) and circle (666). There were two glass light fittings over the circle and decorative ribs across the ceiling and horizontal bands along the side walls, but all in all, it was plain compared to other Odeon Theatres.

It was a fairly early closure, when it screened its last programme: Ian Carmichael in “Double Bunk” and Johnny Biggs in “Wind of Change”, on 20th May 1961.

It was immediately converted into a Top Rank Bingo Club, notable as being the first purpose built Odeon Theatre to cease film use for this use. It continues as a Mecca Bingo Club in 2005.

Contributed by KenRoe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 18, 2005 at 11:12 pm

An exterior photograph of the Odeon Hackney Road in 1952 here:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 12, 2005 at 10:27 am

An exterior view (taken in the late 1960’s) when it had converted into a Top Rank Bingo Club:
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Ian on October 14, 2007 at 3:18 pm

Seen here, still on bingo, in October 2007.

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execelsior on February 7, 2014 at 11:41 am

Those of us that used to go here in the 1950s would not describe the interior as plain. We found it to be a very classy joint!

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