Classic Chingford

6-8 Cherrydown Avenue,
London, E4 8DP

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Classic Chingford

The Odeon was one of the original Oscar Deutsch Odeon Theatres Ltd. chain. It opened on 9th September 1935 with Shirley Temple in “Bright Eyes” and Monty Banks in “So You Won’t Talk”.

The building was located on a side street and to bring attention to it, architect Andrew Mather designed a splendid exterior, clad in cream-grey terracotta tiles, which was dominated by a massive tower to the left of the building.

Inside the auditorium was a little plain and had seating on a stadium plan, with a seperate raised section at the rear which didn’t overhang the stalls.

The Odeon was one of a batch of their cinemas sold to the Classic Cinemas chain in December 1967. It was re-named Classic Cinema and continued until closing on 3rd June 1972 with Dean Jones in “The Love Bug” and “Sammy, the Way-Out Seal”. The actual final programme was a late night screening of Pierre Brasseur in “Eyes Without A Face (Les Yeaux sans Visage)” and Joan Crawford in “Sudden Fear”.

The building was demolished and a supermarket and offices was built on the site, currently Poundstretchers. It is a pity the magnificent exterior of the building was not incorporated into the new building.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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garypainter on December 9, 2007 at 7:28 pm

Could anyone shed any light on why Scottish architect John Fairweather is listed as an architect involved in this cinema? I’m curious as I can see no obvious stylistic signs that he was involved in either the interior or exterior – his work, such as the huge Green’s Playhouses in Scotland, tended to be solidly neo-classical, with huge columns along the sidewalls of the auditoriums. Any help in shedding light on this matter will be greatly appreciated – I’m also after similar information regarding his listing on this site as being involved with the Brighton Essoldo too.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 25, 2009 at 2:03 pm

The Odeon photographed on its opening week in September 1935:
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