Odeon Brierley Hill

27 High Street, Quarry Bank,
Brierley Hill, DY5 2JW

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Odeon Cinema Brierley Hill

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The Picture House opened on 1st October 1928 with Guy Newall in "The Ghost Train"(Der Geisterzug) and Pola Negri in "The Woman on Trial". It was the first cinema to be built by Oscar Deutsch (although he was already operating two cinemas in Coventry), and pre-dates by two years, his first Odeon Theatre which he built at Perry Barr, Birmingham.

The Picture House had a modest single storey entrance which contained a crush hall(waiting area). This led to the auditorium which lay behind, running parallel to the High Street. It was decorated in an Assyrian style and seating was arranged in stalls and circle.

The Picture House was taken over by Oscar Deutsche’s recently formed Odeon Theatres Ltd. on 17th July 1935 and was re-named Odeon from January 1936.

The Odeon closed on 25th July 1959 with Anthony Newley in "Idle on Parade". It was demolished and a Fine Fare supermarket was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 7, 2009 at 1:57 pm

The Odeon, photographed in 1936:
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Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on October 14, 2011 at 10:09 am

Odeon Theatres Ltd., Came in much later, but only as a Management company During Deutsche’s Moste sites where seperate companies. with their own set of Shareholders..

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on July 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Why didn’t someone just remove the seating, level the floor and build the supermarket inside a perfectly good and useable building? WHAT A REDICULOUS WASTE!

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