Odeon Warley

Hagley Road West,
Birmingham, B68 0NP

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Mike_Blakemore on September 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Oscar Deutsch became involved only by buying £100 of Shares. The Clift faction of Shareholders held the majority shares interest until 1941.. When it became a FULL Odeon Weedan did no designing of this Theatre. Satchwell and Roberts where a far bigger practics, then Weedon and where shareholders in This theatre and Kingstanding. which are the 2 Odeon oddities. The tiles frontages where done by Cliftons associated companies long before Oscar Deutsch decided to use them. Deutsch built cinemas before these 2 sites was quite non descript.. Oscar Deutsch copied Sidney Clift ideas on Finace and systems. Even down to naming his Cinemas Odeon using part of his name.. Just Like Clift of Clifton. Another point they had Offices in the same building in Birmingham. In 1941 Odeon and Clifton nearly merged on the Death of Deutsch, But J. Arthur Rank offered more money… for his Interests and the Clifton Sold their interest in the 2 sites. Giving Rank the sole Branding of Odeon…

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 27, 2010 at 9:45 am

A vintage photograph of the Odeon in August 1949, playing the Odeon release:
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Auditorium, as seen around the time of opening of the Warley Cinema in 1934:
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