Odeon Wembley

365 High Road,
Wembley, HA9 6AY

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Wembley Hall Cinema

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Located in Wembley, Middlesex, today a district in the north of Greater London. The Wembley Hall Cinema opened in 1914 and had a seating capacity of 560. It operated as an independent cinema and in 1935 the owners closed it down for a major rebuild. It re-opened in December 1935 with an increased seating capacity of 1,050.

It was taken over by the Rank Organisation and modernised again, re-opening on 23rd May 1955 as the Gaumont. On 17th December 1961 it was re-named Odeon (the former Majestic/Odeon Wembley had closed in May 1961).

The Odeon closed on 18th January 1975 with Roger Moore in “Gold”. The building stood unused for a while until it was re-opened as the Liberty Cinema in 1976 screening Asian Bollywood films on several nights a week. The Liberty Cinema finally closed in 1981 and the building was demolished for an office block named Valiant House to be built on the site.

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Malc1945 on March 8, 2012 at 6:48 am

This was a friendly cinema to work at. I enjoyed doing relief here. The projection room was on ground level and straight on to the High Street. One day I had a “Look at Life” running and the top spool box open. The reel fell off and rolled out into the road where a bus demolished it. The rest is history.

gesnelson on January 22, 2014 at 9:52 am

I have uploaded this picture of the original cinema before it was demolished for the current office block.

mateydave on September 28, 2015 at 2:14 am

first cinema worked at as a projectionist. had simplex projectors and peerless arcs and rca sound. went over to kallee 21 with projectomatic. before conversion to cinemascope the projection box was behind the screen. this became usherette staff room

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