Odeon Marble Arch

10 Edgware Road,
London, W2 2EN

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LARGE_screen_format
LARGE_screen_format on June 3, 2018 at 9:39 am

Recall watching 70mm presentations of Aliens and Terminator 2 at the old Odeon, Marble Arch back in the early 90’s.

Those were the days!

Ian
Ian on November 10, 2017 at 1:03 am

A few more demolition photos a few weeks later in the process (October 2016):–

OMA DEMOLITION

OMA DEMOLITION

OMA DEMOLITION

OMA SIGN

CF100
CF100 on November 9, 2017 at 6:08 pm

Ian: Fascinating photos, thank you… Of course, my reaction is something stronger than “sigh!” :–(

zanygang
zanygang on August 19, 2017 at 1:47 pm

It was a fantastic cinema. But when they converted it into a nmulti-screen they killed the whole character of the place.

SethLewis
SethLewis on September 12, 2016 at 12:19 pm

Used to ride the bus past until June…sad to see the pictures getting ready for the demolition….remember it as a child in the 60’s

CF100
CF100 on September 3, 2016 at 9:24 am

Indeed, a disasterous subdivision!

The planning documents show a cinema consigned to the basement—alongside plant rooms, services, etc. Alas, the auditoria are small, seating 8 abreast, and between 4-6 rows. I assume these are “premier” large seats.

SethLewis
SethLewis on August 16, 2016 at 2:13 am

A shame but the old Marble Arch was very hard to book as a single screen from the 80’s onwards and the latest incarnation was a bit of a mess…tight stadium seating that was never comfortable…Speed 2…The Full Monty…The Tailor of Panama so you can tell when the last times I was there

Odeon did a pretty good job sorting itself out to be sold from a service perspective hopefully new owners will leave it alone Basements may be the best we can hope for and take perspective that the Kingston plex is essentially downstairs and very good

RIP Odeon Marble Arch as we knew it

CF100
CF100 on August 3, 2016 at 3:11 pm

Or perhaps AMC’s Chinese owners will have other ideas… :–(

davepring
davepring on August 3, 2016 at 2:32 pm

Odeon give no regard for their older traditional cinemas. I only hope that AMC will invest in the flagship Leicester Square site….the loss of Marble Arch was appalling as a magnificent single screen venue

CF100
CF100 on August 3, 2016 at 11:32 am

According to http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2016/05/23/demolition-starts-for-400m-marble-arch-place/ demolition has started. However, the developer states that their replacement scheme will “include a relocated Odeon.”

A shame for what was once one of the very finest cinemas in the country.

Harkness
Harkness on May 21, 2016 at 9:02 am

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.

geoffmee1
geoffmee1 on May 9, 2016 at 3:13 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.

CF100
CF100 on May 30, 2015 at 5:07 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.

CF100
CF100 on March 26, 2015 at 11:25 am

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

http://www.marblearchtower.co.uk/consultation-boards_2014_1027.pdf

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

drguywalker
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!

Buffer
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.

Billy
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.

rasLXR
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%

rasLXR
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.

keiths
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….

dp70s
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.

CF100
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.