Athenaeum Picture Playhouse

12 Fortis Green Road,
London, N10 3HN

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The Atheneum - Muswell Hill

Located in the north London district of Muswell Hill. Built in 1900, on Fortis Green Road at the corner of Athenaeum Place, directly opposite where today the Odeon Muswell Hill is located. The Athenaeum was built by James Edmondson for multi-pupose use. It was an impressive building that had five Doric Columns which supposted a pediment, that was flanked on each side by a tower feature.

Inside were two halls, seating 466 and 200. Films were a regular attraction in the early days. The Athenaeum Picture Playhouse was operating until at least 1937, when Home Counties Theatres Ltd. were the operators. It was also used as the Muswell Hill Synagogue from the 1920’s until 1963.

It was demolished in 1966, and a supermarket was built on the site, today operated by Sainsburys.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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