Odeon Whalley Range
Crystal House, Withington Road,
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Located in the south Manchester district of Whalley Range. The West End Cinema opened on 8th December 1930 with Paul Whiteman in "King of Jazz". The cinema stood at the junction of Withington Road and Dudley Road and had an imposing octagonal tower feature as its corner entrance.
Seating was provided for 1,508 in the stalls and 524 in the circle. The proscenium was 46 feet wide. There was a cafe and a free car park for the convenience of patrons.
Initially it was independently operated, and it was taken over by the chain of Odeon Theatres Ltd. operated by Oscar Deutsch on 30th August 1937, and re-named Odeon.
The Odeon was closed by the Rank Organisation on 23rd December 1961 with Michael Redgrave in "No My Darling Daughter" and Ray McAnally in "Murder in Eden". It was converted into a Top Rank Bingo Club, later operated by Star Bingo, and finally by EMI when it closed in 1980.
The building was demolished in 1986, and a block of flats named Crystal House was built on the site.
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