31 Gower Road,
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A typical Art Deco style 1930’s cinema front incorporated into shops on either side.
This opened on 3rd December 1938 as the Maxime Cinema and was built for and operated by Cornell Cinemas Ltd. a local independent. It was equipped with a 2Manual Lafleur (Hammond) organ.
From 13th December 1943 it was taken over by Oscar Deutsch’s Odeon Theatres Ltd. chain and was re-named Odeon from 21st July 1947.
The Odeon closed on 17th February 1962 and was converted into a Top Rank Bingo Club a week later. In it last years of operation it was a Mecca Bingo which closed in October 1995. The auditorium was demolished in 2000 and a block of flats ‘Maxime Court’ was built on the site. The facade is in retail use.
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