Boleyn Cinema

7-11 Barking Road,
London, E6 1PW

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Odeon Cinema

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Located in the east London district of East Ham. Built on the site of the Boleyn Electric Theatre (1910) which was demolished to build this new Odeon Theatre for the Oscar Deutsch chain. It opened on 18th July 1938 with Max Miller in “Thank Evans”. It was designed in a sleek Art Deco style by noted cinema architect Andrew Mather, assisted by Keith P. Roberts and the original seating capacity was for 2,212; 1,418 in the stalls and 794 in the balcony.

During the mid-1960’s it underwent an ill fated ‘modernisation’ which removed most of the auditorium decoration. It continued as the Odeon, East Ham until it was closed by the Rank Organisation on 31st October 1981 with Walt Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty”.

After laying boarded up and un-used for 14 years it was taken over by an independent operator who sub-divided the auditorium into three screens and it re-opened as the Boleyn Cinema in late-1995 screening Bollywood films. The main screen in the former balcony still has its original 794 seating capacity. The two screens located in the rear stalls area each have seating capacities of 270. It was closed in early-2014.

Contributed by KenRoe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 5, 2005 at 1:11 pm

Three exterior photographs of the Odeon Theatre over the years:

In Autumn 1949, original canopy and signage View link

By 1961 it has a new canopy
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Ten years later in 1971 the central name sign has gone
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woody
woody on December 5, 2005 at 1:49 pm

apparently this is the highest grossing bollywood cinema in the UK

Sapho
Sapho on January 3, 2009 at 1:08 am

Hi,

From what time do these pictures date? I live very close to this building and can take some pictures, but since there are lots of drunks and weirdos hanging around I don’t want anyone to steal my camera (down here, even worthless things are stolen since who has even worthless things?)!
This building looked so cool as an Odeon and though the structure stands, you wouldn’t bleieve it is the same place!!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 20, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Three vintage photographs of the Odeon in 1981:
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Foyer
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James317a
James317a on March 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm

The cinema is now closed, the telephone is dead. I think it’s about to be demolished.. what was, I believe, London’s 3rd largest screen.

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