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 includes shops and offices.

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.

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.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

Recent comments (view all 56 comments)

CF100 on August 20, 2013 at 9:03 pm

The whole site(including office tower) has been sold, and a redevelopment, comprising several towers, has entered the pipeline:

“Construction News” article

The developer’s website mentions cinema space as possible for the redevelopment:

Almacantar – Marble Arch Tower

The existing cinema building would in any case, of course, be demolished.

dp70s on September 7, 2013 at 5:39 am

Star Wars run at this cinema in D-150 for all its run. The trailer for Close Encounters run in D-150 for the first 2 days then was shown on the 70mm size screen after that. Pease see my pics etc on this lovely cinema on in70mm.com.

keiths on November 18, 2013 at 6:34 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 1:07 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 5:01 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 6:11 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 1:29 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 12:42 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 11:25 am

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.

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