Craven Park Road,
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Firms: Whinney, Son & Austen Hall
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Liberty Cinema, Roxy Theatre
Located in the west London inner city district of Harlesden. One of the original cinemas in the Oscar Deutsch Odeon Theatres Ltd. chain, the Odeon opened on 12th July 1937 with Hazel Ascot in “Talking Feet”.
Occupying a large corner site on Craven Park Road (possibly #79) and St. Albans Road, the facade was dominated by a large square tower feature faced in cream faiance tiles and edged in brick. The auditorium was rather plain with recessed troughs in the ceiling which contained concealed lighting. Seating was provided for 1,224 in the stalls and 495 in the circle.
The Odeon closed as a regular cinema on 15th April 1972 with Gene Hackman in “The French Connection”. It re-opened as an Asian cinema screening Bollywood films and was re-named the Liberty Cinema but this was a short lived venture and it became a rock concert venue called the Roxy Theatre (the rock group The Clash played here).
It’s last few years were as a nightclub called the Tara which had closed by 1986 and the building was left empty and derelict. It was demolished in August/September 1989 and after a period of time housing was built on the site, known as Odeon Court block of flats by February 1994.
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