Odeon Park Royal

Ritz Parade, Western Avenue,
London, W5

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woody
woody on February 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm

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

keiths
keiths on February 27, 2009 at 8:47 am

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

kevinp
kevinp on September 6, 2008 at 4:57 pm

a sad set of pictures here…

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keiths
keiths on January 12, 2007 at 4:30 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.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 11, 2007 at 11:24 pm

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.