Odeon South Norwood

18-22 Station Road,
London, SE25 5AJ

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Roger04 on January 19, 2018 at 10:34 am

I moved on from Sth Norwood Odeon in 1970 joining Rank Leisure Services Training Dept then based in the offices over the Croydon Top Rank Suite. The chap who took over from me, was son of someone at Head Office and had an Aston Martin!

Roger04 on January 19, 2018 at 8:37 am

Sth Norwood Odeon was situated in a dead end road, the bottom being occupied by Sth Norwood Station so at rush hour could be very busy with pedestrians coming and going. I managed the Odeon in 1989 when on a very windy day a very large corner piece of the Vitra Glass external fascia panel cladding fell at about 5.00pm, it was both a very solid and large approx 2ft x 18ins, very lucky not to land on passing pedestrians. It didn’t break so I think must have slide down the wall before bouncing off the canopy before landing on the pavement. It had been stuck to the wall with 2 large dollops of some sort of putty like glue on the back. Having rested in my office for a couple of months it was eventually re-fixed after the whole frontage had been checked for further loose panels. An interesting side activity being at the Odeon was periodically invited by the Police Station opposite to take part in identity parades (naturally when they needed good looking young men!)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 26, 2009 at 9:19 am

The Odeon photographed in October 1949, playing the Odeon release:
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The auditorium of the Odeon, South Norwood, photographed in the late-1960’s:
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