Odeon 2 Shepherd's Bush

56a Shepherd's Bush Green,
London, W12 8QE

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Located in the west London inner city district of Shepherd’s Bush. The Shepherd’s Bush Cinematograph Theatre opened 3rd March 1910 and had a long movie career that sadly ended in October 1981 when, as the Odeon 2, it screened its last film. After a period of dereliction it was converted into a large pub with an Australian theme known as ‘Walkabout’, which closed on 6th October 2013.

Originally this was the 6th addition to the Pyke Circuit of cinemas which Montagu Pyke had started in March 1909 and which was an instant success fuelling the rapid expansion. A further 10 cinemas were built, the final one in Charing Cross Road opening in August 1911.

It was partially rebuilt to the plans of architect John Stanley Beard and reopened in November 1923 as the New Palladium, the New was dropped in 1946 and it was renamed Essoldo in 1955. It closed for modernisation in 1968 but a fire just before reopening delayed the event. It now seated 500, down from its original capacity of 763. Further name changes occurred;Classic from 1972 and finally Odeon 2 from 1973 to October 1981.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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kiwidownunder
kiwidownunder on March 23, 2004 at 5:13 am

I use to be relief projectionist with Fred Donovan in the 70s.
It was right next door to the BBC Theatre and we use watch some great celebrities go there from the steps outside the projection room.I think it had 70mm at one stage.
Shaun Cassidy,Osmond Brothers,Bruce Forsythe,Michael Parkinson etc.
It was a flat floored cinema on one level.
I live in Auckland New Zealand now and manage hotels.
Paul

movieworld
movieworld on October 8, 2004 at 8:50 pm

Hi!kiwidownunder,I have a reply to your comment on the CORONET page.
Andy,London.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 27, 2005 at 5:57 pm

More external photos and some history on the former Pykes Cinematograph Theatre, Shepherds Bush, London here:
http://www.tnunn.f2s.com/pavilion.htm

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 18, 2005 at 8:46 pm

Original lettering dating from 1910 is still to be seen on the side-wall of the former Pykes Cinematograph Theatre in this October 2005 photograph:
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JimLin
JimLin on February 24, 2010 at 8:31 am

Photo taken on 23-02-2010

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Johnllon
Johnllon on January 18, 2014 at 7:38 pm

The cinema did have 70mm. The Walkabout pub which was the last use for the building closed in October 2013 and the site is going to be developed. I think the new owners are the same people that bought the Odeon (Pavillion)cinema next door which they have demolished to build a hotel. John

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