Odeon Park Royal

Ritz Parade, Western Avenue,
London, W5

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Located on the busy Western Avenue between Park Royal and closer to Hanger Lane Tube (underground) rail stations in North West London. Major W.J. King built, designed and opened the Ritz Cinema for his London and District Cinemas Ltd. The entrance was in the centre of a parade of shops (Ritz Parade) and was dominated by a large brick tower that had inlaid glass tiles which were lit from within and it was topped by a glass lantern light. Inside the auditorium there were 1,300 seats in the stalls and 550 in the balcony. There was also a large tea lounge/cafe provided which seated 120.

The Ritz was taken over by the Odeon Theatres chain from 27th March 1944 and was re-named Odeon from 22nd April 1946. It was sold off to the Classic chain of cinemas in December 1967 and was re-named Classic Cinema. A year later it was operating as a part time Vogue Bingo Club with films showing on Saturday & Sunday only by January 1969.

From 1st July 1972, bingo and regular weekend films had been dropped and it was re-named Tatler Cinema Club screening uncensored adult movies. Less than two years later on 5th February 1974 it had been taken over by an independent and was re-named Paradise Cinema screening Asian movies. This closed in June 1980 and the building was demolished in July/August 1983 and an office block Orbit House was built.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 12, 2007 at 2:24 am

Further details that I forgot to mention in my opening text:-
The Ritz Cinema opened on 9th April 1938.

The final programme as a full time Classic Cinema on 8th December 1968 was Terence Morgan in “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” and Koreya Senda “The H Man”(Bijo to Ekitainingen). Bingo then took over Mondays to Fridays, with films on a weekend.

When it became a Tatler Film Club the first programme was “Sex Serum of Doctor Blake” and Janet Banzet in “Professor Lust”. I have no record of the final depravity or the Bollywood films shown when it became the Paradise Cinema, as they were only advertised locally.

keiths
keiths on January 12, 2007 at 7:30 am

This was my local cinema, and I visited it frequently from the age of 7 to 16, when it stopped showing films full-time. One of its major attractions was that it was the only cinema in Ealing which was equipped with full 4 track mag Cinemascope presentation capability. I saw South Pacific there – in full surround sound – as a member of an audience of less than 10 people, so it was no wonder it had to close!

Even when it had closed, and was supposedly empty between 1980 and 1983, there were often lights to be seen inside, and the local belief was that people were actually LIVING in it.

kevinp
kevinp on September 6, 2008 at 7:57 pm

a sad set of pictures here…

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keiths
keiths on February 27, 2009 at 11:47 am

Brilliant pictures, but VERY sad. To think that when I was a boy, it was the local 1st run cinema.

woody
woody on February 15, 2011 at 5:57 pm

erotic urges! – press ad from march 1971 as the tatler
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/5448307280/

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