Odeon Kingsbury

632-638 Kingsbury Road,
London, NW9 9HN

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Odeon Kingsbury

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Located in the northwest London district of Kingsbury. Built for and operated by Oscar Deutsch’s Odeon Theatres Ltd. chain, the Odeon Kingsbury opened on 30th May 1934 with a public inspection and guests appearing on stage. The next day it screened its first film “Love, Life and Laughter” starring Gracie Fields.

Designed by local Harrow based architect Arthur Percival Starkey, it was very similar both externally and internally as his Odeon South Harrow which had opened a year earlier. Again there was a long low facade which was covered in cream coloured faiance tiles. There was a shop unit on each side of the wide entrance.

Inside the auditorium seating was provided for 724 in the stalls and 279 in the balcony. Illumination was via a central laylight fitting in the centre of the ceiling which extended almost the entire length of the auditorium.

It was re-named Gaumont from 19th March 1950 and remained as such until 31st May 1964 when it reverted back to the name Odeon. It closed on 9th September 1972 with Steve McQueen in “Junior Bonner” and Stanley Baker in “The Last Grenade”.

The auditorium, foyer and main entrance facade were demolished and in their place was built a J. Sainsbury supermarket. Currently this is an Aldi supermarket which has a Fitness First health club and flats above. The two original shop units were retained and still survive.

Contributed by KenRoe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 18, 2006 at 7:21 am

A 1930’s street scene postcard of Kingsbury Road:
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Photographed in November 1949 playing the Gaumont release programme:
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Photographed in May 1956, it has been re-named Gaumont and plays the Gaumont release:
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Photographed in April 1971 it has been re-named the Odeon again and sports a new fin sign. The programme is the Odeon release:
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