Odeon Temple Fortune

Finchley Road,
London, NW11

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RHScottSpencer
RHScottSpencer on March 15, 2013 at 6:15 pm

I worked at this theatre/cinema for a short time doing stage lighting and 1st projectionist around the late 1960’s early 1970’s Rank had just spent a small fortune redoing the rigging and stage lighting. The new dimmer board was on a platform stage left with three preset’s the fly rigging was also stage left. It was a big theatre/cinema though it did a lot of live show’s which payed there way, it was not paying it’s way as a single screen cinema. Nor would it pay it’s way as a multi screen cinema, it was just to far out of the shopping area.

SJT
SJT on June 5, 2011 at 3:04 am

As a PPS, I’ve taken advantage of your “please update the view” rubric, that’s only just appeared, and adjusted the picture laboriously by some mile and a quarter. What it NOW shows is indeed the site of the former Odeon

SJT
SJT on June 4, 2011 at 6:26 am

As a PS. I don’t know the old Odeon’s number on the Finchley Road, but it occupied the entire block between Birnbeck Close and Child’s Way. I saw “The Agony and the Ectasy” there, in 70mm, sitting in the huge Circle all to myself…

SJT
SJT on June 4, 2011 at 6:03 am

Your Google picture and co-ordinates for this cinema’s location is quite wrong, about one mile away from the actual site, which was just past the crown of Temple Fortune Hill once the parade of shops had stopped, and which is now an enormous Twilight Home (unlike the small offices you show above). What you’re displaying is the location, at 763 Finchley Road, of the former Regal Cinema, which you have separately – and correctly – on this site.

The Temple Fortune Odeon was vast & looked like this:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/oldcinemaphotos/2242189514/

orpheum
orpheum on May 21, 2010 at 3:52 pm

After closure Rank proposed to use this as a Sundown balroom/nightclub.However because there were restrictive covenants restricting this use an application was made to the Lands Tribunal to vary them This was turned down thus dooming the cinema.The cinema was always used by the local synagogue for its High holiday services.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 26, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Only the stage house and a section of the right hand side of the front of the building remain standing in this May 1982 demolition photograph:
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