Odeon Ashford

33 - 37 High Street,
Ashford, TN24 8TF

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Odeon Cinema Ashford

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This was originally going to be a Regal Cinema and plans had already been passed when it was taken over by the Oscar Deutsch chain, Odeon Theatres Ltd.

It opened as the Odeon Theatre on 31st August 1936 with Eddie Cantor in “Strike Me Pink”. The exterior is in a traditional brick and stone construction and with a rather ‘old fashioned’ looking interior, it was not typical of an Odeon styled cinema, although it was designed by Andrew Mather who was designing many Odeon theatres at that time. Seating was provided for 1,102 in the stalls and 468 in the balcony.

The Odeon closed on 30th August 1975 with Oliver Reed in “The Four Musketeers”. It remained closed for a while until in early 1976 it re-opened as a Top Rank Bingo Club which in later years has become a Mecca Bingo Club which remains open today.

Contributed by KenRoe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 18, 2005 at 11:56 pm

An exterior photograph of the Odeon, taken in the Summer of 1971:
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Ian
Ian on May 6, 2006 at 4:23 am

Another photo as a bingo hall in 1986

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