Odeon Oxford, Magdalen Street

Magdalen Street,
Oxford, OX1 3AE

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mallyb on January 23, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Hi my name is Mal bickley I was the manager of the cinema when it was dismantled slowly and carefully in the 70s. I saw every piece of this amazing organ removed by a private buyer it was a joy to see this amazing instrument. If any one remembers me then please feel free to contact me on . I was the manager from 1972 -1979. Many happy memories. Cheers Mal

sisu on December 21, 2013 at 10:01 am

The projection room was accessed up a very narrow, extremely raked stairwell, culminating out onto the roof, then walk over the ventilation system into a very small room, cold.

jeremyb on February 29, 2012 at 5:47 am

It doesn’t look like they have restored the paintings each side of the auditorium, they still appear to be curtained over. The CTA had some input into the restoration of the foyer. In answer to a query long ago, the organ is in a private house near Woking, Surery, UK.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 9, 2008 at 3:27 am

According to the book ‘Early Oxford Picture Palaces’ by Paul J. Marriot (Published 1978):
‘After 1932, when Mr Barraclough was the organist, it seems never to have been played again. However in 1965 the old organ was rediscovered housed in a concrete chamber behind the screen, remarkably intact.’

I wonder what happened to to it?

Ian on January 8, 2008 at 11:58 pm

Three photos of the Odeon Oxford in its ABC days here:–

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jrhine on January 8, 2008 at 4:32 pm

About the organ; Spurdon Rutt, who also built church organs, built only three theater organs. One was parted out, one is in the hands of a private owner. and the only 3 manual instrument (3/6 from the from the Regal, Highams Park, London) is located at the St. Alban’s Organ Theater along with the ex Empire(Granada), Edmonton, London 3/10 Wurlitzer. The Rutt has an incredibly mellow and beautiful sound.