Odyssey Cinema

166 London Road,
St. Albans, AL1 1PQ

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Philip Picturedrome
Philip Picturedrome on April 12, 2016 at 3:14 am

I wonder how many other cinemas have the same address? Liverpool had a cinema at 166 London Road. https://www.flickr.com/photos/44435674@N00/236169322/in/photolist-mSqUS-9AouEP-yVk8rb-27qCWK-z5wSZn-zc1FLZ

Alan_Cunningham on December 9, 2014 at 2:46 am

The photos are from the opening night and some of the features where not fully ready, the front of the balcony appeared to have wires to have lights fitted to aluminate that tabs and the rex has footlights, and these may will be present but where not on during the opening night. I was in buying tickets the other day and the electricians where finishing lighting off including reinstating so when I go back I will post a photo withe original art deco light covers. I am back on 27th December and will post photos of the fully finished article including illuminated tabs.

terry on December 7, 2014 at 9:22 am

Congratulations to all those involved in the reversal of the subdivision and restoration of this cinema. While the big boys are further carving up theirs (Empire Leicester Square etc), James Hannaway and his team of visionaries are doing the exact opposite……..and using house and screen tabs!

The philosophy with the circuits seems to be that no one is interested in fancy decor or curtains – in any case it is unnecessary; well, this could be said about many things in life but the people at Berkhamsted, Evesham and now St Albans seem to be testimony to the importance of the “unnecessary”.

One observation re the auditorium photo; are the house tabs illuminated via footlights or pageant lighting? they do not appear to be lit on this particular shot.

Congratulations once again; I wish that we had somewhere like the aforementioned places here in the North East but apart from the main auditorium at the Tyneside Cinema (and that is a former News Cinema so does not quite count) I am sorry to say that they are all multi screen popcorn sheds!

Perhaps Mr Hannaway could come up to Stockton On Tees and give some valuable advice with the ABC Globe which is slowly but surely being restored; apparently the fly tower is going to remain sealed off and there will be no films – and, I dare say, no curtains either………….

Ian on August 22, 2010 at 12:30 am

Four interior shots from the mid to late 1980’s – they have been digitally rescued from negatives of poor original shots, but give some idea of the interior of the Odeon when it was up and running.





paxton on November 22, 2009 at 7:40 am

more photos on www.stalbansodeon.blogspot.com – taken since we’ve heard that James Hannaway is hoping to complete purchase of the Odeon and to restore it as a working cinema (hurrah!!!! At last)

keiths on November 12, 2009 at 2:27 am

There are, surely, two issues here which ‘begger’ belief, especially as we’re supposedly a world-leading power. First of all that we have laws in place in this country which enable its usage as a cinema to be blocked by the operators of a multiplex 8 MILES away, and secondly that the council of a town with INTERNATIONAL significance can allow ANY building to get into this state. In Richmond, Surrey, Odeon themselves re-opened a derelict cinema just around the corner from their main screens, with great success.

kevinp on January 25, 2009 at 7:12 am

seems the property developers have partially given in…. and allowed one of our stalwarts
James Hannaway ( rex berkhamstad ) to pop in and check the building out…


Ian on February 10, 2008 at 7:46 am

Another exterior – with a plainer decor than the 1988 shot above – here:–

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 21, 2007 at 12:51 pm

Photographed in September 1949 playing the ABC circuit release:
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A photograph from the 1960’s:
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Ian on January 21, 2007 at 9:54 am

Exterior in 1988 here:-

Proscenium arch in main screen here:-

One of the mini’s beneath the balcony here:-

Picture across the balcony here:-