Odeon Dundee

27 Cowgate,
Dundee, DD1 2HS

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Kings Theatre

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The Kings Theatre & Hippodrome opened on 15th March 1909. Designed by architect Frank Thomson in a mix of Baroque and Rococo styles, the auditorium had seating for 2,227 in stalls, dress circle and balcony with boxes on each side of the stage. There was a saucer domed ceiling which had painted frescoes and the proscenium was marble.

It was taken over by Provincial Cinematograph Theatres(PCT), opening as a cinema on 24th September 1928. A Wurlitzer 2Manual/6Rank organ was installed, with the console on a lift. The seating capacity was reduced to 1,458 by closing the balcony seating area.

In February 1929 PCT were taken over by Gaumont British Theatres Ltd. It was re-named Gaumont from 8th May 1950.

In 1961, the interior of the Gaumont was entirely re-built. A suspended ceiling was insterted at balcony level and the side-walls and proscenium were covered over. Most of the original decoration was retained, but was now totally hidden from view. It was re-named Odeon after the closure of the former (now demolished) Vogue/Odeon in 1973. The Odeon closed on 24th October 1981 and the building was converted into a bingo club from May 1983.

Bingo use ended in the late-1990’s and the building became a nightclub, known as Deja-Vu, by 2017 re-named Joy.

On 30th June 1989, Historic Scotland designated the Odeon a Grade B Listed building.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 17, 2008 at 9:29 am

Three vintage photographs of the Gaumont:
In July 1949, playing the Gaumont release:
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In December 1970, playing the Rank release:
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