Odeon Acton

3 King Street,
London, W3 9LA

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headpin on January 10, 2017 at 3:46 am

I demolished the Odeon Acton when I worked for Ealing Council. It was originally part of the site that was to form a new Acton Town Centre redevelopment that was being proposed by St Modwen. This redevelopment never progressed and as stated it became a Safeway Supermarket that became a Morrisons when they took over Safeways UK operations.

The large round circular features mentioned in the narrative about were carefully taken down by the demolition contractor, T E Scudder. They were relocated to what was the Odeon Northfields (about 3 miles away) which by this time had become the Top Hat nightclub, which was owned by the Carey family who were also part owners of Scudders.

The Top Hat club closed (sometime in the 1990’s?) and became Ealing Christian Centre. I am not sure if they remain there or were removed. I believe that the interior of the Christian Centre is pretty much intact as it was when the Odeon, except the seating has been removed. So may well remain. See https://www.google.co.uk/maps/uv?hl=en&pb=!1s0x48760d96d4dd58a3%3A0x1f2c342f9f30c2ca!2m19!2m2!1i80!2i80!3m1!2i20!16m13!1b1!2m2!1m1!1e1!2m2!1m1!1e3!2m2!1m1!1e5!2m2!1m1!1e4!3m1!7e115!4shttps%3A%2F%2Fpicasaweb.google.com%2Flh%2Fsredir%3Funame%3D112951607840456171515%26id%3D5888130602076685250%26target%3DPHOTO!5sealing%20Christian%20centre%20-%20Google%20Search&imagekey=!1e3!2s-EA5PB-cafSE%2FUbbXlf_jQ8I%2FAAAAAAAAOQQ%2FitpVUwcOOO0RdrkA4jHLEZciyMdJrG0AgCJkC&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjejsKGwLfRAhULAsAKHR87Db4QoioIdDAN for some external and internal photos of the Christian Centre.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 27, 2010 at 9:59 am

A vintage photograph of the auditorium:
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kevinp on July 1, 2007 at 5:04 am

here’s another picture. albeit lo-res scan, higher to follow


Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 20, 2006 at 4:06 am

A view of King Street, from the High Street in December 1953. Again not showing the tower feature on the facade of the Odeon. Postcard issued by London Borough of Ealing, Local History Series in 1994:

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 19, 2006 at 12:32 am

A photograph of the Odeon in the early 1970’s (possibly 1971). Unfortunately, only a small lower portion of the tower feature on the upper left of the building can be seen:
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