Odeon Redhill

Station Road,
Redhill, RH1 1NZ

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Odeon Redhill

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Located in Redhill, Surrey, to the south of Greater London. The plans for the Odeon were passed in Council in June of 1936 and the cinema was built in on waste ground between the railway and Gurney’s Brook at the corner of Station Road and Marketfield Way, opposite Redhill Railway Station. The Odeon opened its doors for the first time on 23rd May 1938 with Edmund Lowe in “The Squeaker”. It was designed by architect Andrew Mather, assisted by Keith P. Roberts for the Oscar Deutsch chain of Odeon Theatres Ltd. There were 1,000 seats in the stalls and 474 in the circle.

Its roof was painted in camouflage colours during the war but still got an enemy cannon shell through it that was probably intended for the railway station. For many years it held a youngsters' Saturday morning film club. In the early-1960’s it added fairly popular bingo sessions on Sunday afternoons.

The Odeon closed on 18th October 1975 with Roger Moore in “That Lucky Touch ” and Anthony Quinn in “The Con Man”. It was converted to a nightclub and opened as Busby’s in 1976. It subsequently was revamped and renamed Millionaire’s in the 1980’s and became the British Embassy Rock Bar in 1996. Since 2002, it traded as Liquid/Envy. The nightclub was closed around 2011. In August 2013, it was announced that the building was to be demolished (retaining the locally listed fa├žade) and to build 61 apartments, a Tesco store and parking garage on the site of the auditorium.

Contributed by Jonathan Logan

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

Ian
Ian on October 16, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I would far rather the name remained as the last cinema name, instead of chopping and changing with the latest nightclub / retail store moniker, which as no meaning on the CT site.

Ian
Ian on October 16, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Anyway notwithstanding the name, here are two photos of the exterior for differing times:–

1970:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/1171357606/

1990:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/138626959/

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 16, 2010 at 3:14 pm

I agree with Ian. Why are movie theaters like this one listed under these stupid barroom names instead of the original cinema name?

Ian
Ian on October 17, 2010 at 4:59 am

Thanks for changing the name! The text clearly shows what it is call now but finding the theatre in the list really does require the cinema name. :–)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 17, 2010 at 5:20 pm

A vintage photograph of the Odeon, playing the Odeon release in October 1949:
http://www.mawgrim.co.uk/cavalcade/redhill.jpg

shadow15
shadow15 on October 18, 2010 at 6:46 am

Sorry. I also happen to agree that the most appropriate name for a listing should be the (original) one used when the building was still in cinema use; however, I was forced to deliberate over this point when I entered the information, as the required criteria given is ‘current name’. Anyway, thanks for changing the listing and adding the photos.

JPDJ
JPDJ on January 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Hi all,

I have a selection of internal pictures of this cinema, I used to work at this venue in the nightclub days, part of the circle is as it was when it closed (minus the seats), it is almost as if time has stood still, if you would like to see the pictures please contact me, 07980 759716.

JP

shadow15
shadow15 on December 23, 2011 at 7:47 am

JP I would love to see those photos. Is there any chance you could post links to them on here?

20Shadow20
20Shadow20 on September 14, 2013 at 12:37 am

As it is now (February 2013). From 28dayslater.co.uk…

http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/theatres-cinemas/78402-odeon-cinema-redhill-feb-2013-a.html

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