Gaumont Chadwell Heath
1078-1082 High Road,
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Opened as the Embassy Cinema on 17th May 1934, the exterior facade was fairly plain, covered in cream faiance tiles at the upper level and black faiance tiles at the lower level (all now rendered over). There is a large window over the entrance which allows light into the foyer. It offered patrons the facilities of a tea-room and a ballroom. Seating was provided for 1,232 in the stalls and 580 in the balcony.
It was equipped with a Compton 3Manual/8Rank theatre organ opened by Terrance Dene who spent many years at this cinema as resident organist. An unusual feature of the organ console was an illuminated fan attachment which opened up at the back like a spread of peacock feathers. The stage was 24ft deep, there were four dressing rooms and variety shows were staged as part of the programme for several years.
Within five months of opening it was taken over by Gaumont/PCT Theatres and immediately re-named Gaumont Palace Theatre from 19th October 1934.
It was re-named Gaumont Theatre from 1937 and continued under Gaumont British management and later into the Rank Organisation. They re-named it the Odeon Cinema from 24th February 1964, but this did not last long as it closed as a cinema on 28th July 1966 with James Garner in “Duel at Diablo” and Bob Hope in “Boy, Did I Get A Wrong Number”.
It was converted into a Top Rank Bingo Club, today operating as a Mecca Bingo Club.
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