16 Pyle Street,
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One of the original Oscar Deutsch Odeon Theatre’s, this one was located in Newport, the capitol town of the beautiful Isle of Wight, which is located in the centre, off the south coast of England.
The Odeon opened on 17th October 1936 with George Arlis in “East Meets West”. Located on a corner site of Pyle Street and Town Lane, the brick facade was broken by vertical bands of white stone. Inside the auditorium, seating was provided for 742 in the stalls and 486 in the balcony. There was an unusual shaped moulding at the top of the proscenium arch.
It was taken over on 2nd January 1961 by Isle of Wight Theatres and was re-named Savoy Cinema. In 1969, Star Cinemas Associated Holdings of Leeds took over and it was closed on 18th December 1982 with Ray Winstone in “Scum” and Bob Hoskins in “The Long Good Friday”.
The Savoy Cinema was demolished in summer 1984 and Savoy Court flats are now on the site, with retail use (a furniture store) on the ground floor. Remembered by locals as their favourite, it was the biggest movie house on the island.
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