Odeon Penge

162 High Street,
London, SE20 7QS

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Odeon Penge

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Located in the south-east London district of Penge. This was an original Odeon, built for Oscar Deutsch’s Odeon Theatres Ltd. It opened on 31st July 1937 with "Mr. Stringfellow Says No" starring Neil Hamilton.

Designed by architect Andrew Mather, the facade was covered in opaque glass panels and there was a glass tower on each side of the entrance, which were illuminated from within. The auditorium had seating for 1,096 in the stalls and 486 in the circle. There were three troughs across the ceiling which contain concealed lighting and horizontal bands along the side walls, with decorative grilles on the proscenium splay walls.

The Odeon led an uneventful life and was closed on 4th September 1976 with Doug McClure in "At the Earth’s Core" and Henry Fonda in "The Red Pony". It was converted into a bingo club from 16th September 1976 and became a Coral Bingo Club from 1978. This closed on 12th March 1990 and the building was demolished in 1994.

A pub in the J.D. Wetherspoon chain was built on the site, known as ‘The Moon and Stars’, it opened on 24th December 1994.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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KenRoe
KenRoe on December 6, 2008 at 4:47 pm

A photograph from October 1949, playing the Odeon Release:
http://www.mawgrim.co.uk/cavalcade/penge1.jpg
Photographed in April 1956, playing the Odeon release, showing groups of schoolboys queueing for Shakespeare:
http://www.mawgrim.co.uk/cavalcade/penge.jpg
Still open, but with little publicity on view and minus the top of the glass towers in the late-1960’s:
http://www.mawgrim.co.uk/cavalcade/penge2.jpg

Buffer
Buffer on February 17, 2014 at 10:09 am

An early warning of impending closure came in 1965 when the Odeon went to restricted opening, except in school holidays. All day openings were restricted to Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, otherwise performances began around tea time.

Ian
Ian on April 14, 2014 at 5:19 am

As a bingo hall in 1990 :– PENGE ODEON

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