Odeon Marble Arch

10 Edgware Road,
London, W2 2EN

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Odeon Marble Arch

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The Odeon Marble Arch opened on 2nd February 1967 with Zero Mostel in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”. This was a lavish (for the time) replacement of the previous magnificent Atmospheric style Regal/Odeon on the same site. It had a massive curved screen (75 feet wide x 30 feet high) and seeing a 70mm print here was stunning. The original seating capacity was for 1,360 in stalls and circle levels.

The new Marble Arch Odeon was part of a much larger development on the site which included shops and an office tower.

The auditorium was at first floor level with retail outlets occuping the ground floor. The walls were open panels with curtaining behind lit in different colours. On October 16, 1967 the Royal World Premiere of “Far from the Madding Crowd” was attended by HRH Princes Margaret.

Sadly, the Odeon closed rather suddenly in September 1996 and the auditorium was carved up into five small screens. Screen 1 is the front stalls area with 254 seats, 2 (119 seats) and 3 (173 seats) are the former rear stalls under the balcony, whilst 4 and 5 are in the balcony with 229 and 239 seats respectively which gives a current total seating capacity, + wheelchair space of 1,014.

It was a victim of being just outside the West End area and consequently this very fine cinema has, for all intents and purposes, been effectively ruined.

In November 2014 plans were proposed to demolish the cinema and its adjoining office block. These were approved in early-2016, and the Odeon was closed quietly without any announcement in early-May 2016. Plans approved are to build a new 6-screen basement cinema in the new building on the site. Demolition of the office and retail portion of the building began in late-May 2016.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

Recent comments (view all 59 comments)

keiths on November 18, 2013 at 9:34 am

Star Wars in D-150 is a sight I’ll remember all my life. You had to turn your head to see different parts of the picture – talk about being involved….

rasLXR on November 18, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Star Wars was run in D150 for ONE or TWO days max I was at the first show. 20th Century Fox did not want Star Wars shown in D150 because no one else could run it.

rasLXR on November 19, 2013 at 8:01 pm

“Of all the theatres I have ever worked being a projectionist here was a privilege and a joy. Perfection was the only standard they knew. Martyn Butler”

Well said Sir I agree 100%

Billy on December 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Can anyone confirm if Disney’s ‘101 Dalmatians’ was shown here around VE Day in 1995? I have a childhood memory of going to an Odeon which was bombed during the war and a short film being played about the rebuilding, then 101 Dalmatians afterwards. The description of both this and the previous cinema on the site seems to match it, if so I was lucky enough to see this cinema before the dividing.

Buffer on March 4, 2014 at 4:29 pm

The pond and fish were there in July, 1986, when the adjacent view was taken on the main screen with balcony.

drguywalker on December 20, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Lavish ‘for the time?’ This was the uk’s biggest post war cinema and technically highly advanced in design and construction. True, it didn’t have any fake Roman urns and other chintzy set dressing…instead it bore a striking resemblance to the Bauhaus building!

CF100 on March 26, 2015 at 2:25 pm

More details on this replacement scheme from this public exhibition blurb:


A replacement basement cinema is shown. The purposed quasi-“pastiche”/postmodern (or whatever—“carbuncle-style” will do ;–) ) exterior design, IMO, is hideous.

CF100 on May 30, 2015 at 8:07 pm

JD Wetherspoon (operators of The Twyburn pub, within the same complex as the Odeon Marble Arch) have received permission for outdoor seating until February 2016, so it may be assumed the existent Odeon Marble Arch will stand until at least then…

The developer has submitted a planning application dated November 2014, which is pending a decision. Perhaps surprisingly, 6 screens, albeit 5 of which appear to be “studio” size, are shown in the drawing for basement level 1. The proposed entrance is on Edgware Road with access via escalators.

geoffmee1 on May 9, 2016 at 6:13 am

NOTE : Apparently without publicity or fanfare, Odeon Marble Arch has closed its doors for the final time. The redevelopment referred to did gain planning permission, and one assumes that demolition is not far off now.

Harkness on May 21, 2016 at 12:02 pm

Really sorry to see that this cinema has closed, having spent many a happy hour working changing the screen and altering the curtain track and frame before they ruined it by chopping it into five screens, another real cinema bites the dust.

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