Odeon Theatre

389 Princess Street,
Kingston, ON K7L

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At opening in December, 1941, the Odeon Theatre gave Kingston’s population of 35,000 one of the finest cinemas in Ontario, according to a report in the 1942 Film Daily Year Book. The Odeon was also claimed to be the first theatre in Canada to have an interior in the so-called "Modern Baroque" style. Kaplan & Sprachman were the architects.

Located on Kingston’s main street, the Odeon had a "V" shaped marquee and a vertical sign that rose 60 feet above the sidewalk. The facade was faced with dark terra cotta Macotta over the entrance. The lobby had black Vitrolite walls, with the entire ceiling sanded in white opal glass.

Auditorium walls were of gold damask with black velour near the stage. The ceiling, of smooth painted plaster, was in pink red, white, gold and blue. Sweeping plaster curves tied in walls and ceiling. Plaster and glass fixtures added to the illusion of baroque fantasy. The balcony floor had seating for 280, and also contained a lounge and restrooms.

More information is needed about the Odeon’s history and the current status of the site. At time of opening, the Kingston Odeon was one of about 70 theatres operated by the Odeon circuit throughout Canada.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 16, 2007 at 5:13 pm

I would guess that the Odeon’s original marquee and vertical sign were similar to those for the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, which also opened in 1941 and was designed by the same architectural firm. Exterior photos of the Vogue can be found at the CT listing for that theatre.

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