Odeon Aldershot

High Street,
Aldershot, GU11 1DJ

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Odeon Aldershot

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Located in Aldershot, Hampshire. A classic example of late-1920’s early-1930’s super cinema, built as a cine-variety theatre called the Empire Theatre. It opened on 1st August 1930. It had a horseshoe shaped balcony, huge stage and once had a Compton organ which was removed in the early-1960’s.

It was built by County Cinemas then sold to J. Arthur Rank and renamed the Odeon. Closed on 17th October 1981, it is currently used as a church, known as the Kings Centre, and is in danger of demolition.

Contributed by Mike Luck

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KenRoe
KenRoe on April 10, 2005 at 11:23 am

The Empire was opened on 1st August 1930. It was taken over by County Cinemas in about 1931. It was re-named Odeon from 18th January 1964 and closed on 17th October 1971.

Now called The Kings Centre, which is a Christian centre.

KenRoe
KenRoe on September 11, 2005 at 7:37 am

A vintage photograph of the former Empire after becoming the Odeon here:
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Tod
Tod on December 5, 2005 at 3:56 am

The old Empire/Odeon needs your help to survive as it is under immediate threat of demolition.
Please see our campaign page for details:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/actionnetwork/G181

Ian
Ian on May 1, 2006 at 1:40 am

Interior and exterior photos of the Odeon as the Kings Church here :–

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 6, 2009 at 5:21 pm

This is a new link to the Odeon photo posted on Sep 11, 2005.

Ian
Ian on March 4, 2011 at 3:55 am

Another shot of the stage from the rear stalls here:–

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/5496589512/

ritzman
ritzman on January 19, 2014 at 12:04 am

Looks like the photo was taken soon after closure by Rank in 1983 as all the Odeon signage has been removed from the canopy and frontage. The auditorium side wall also had a red neon Odeon sign above the 4 large windows which was repeated on the other side that faced the Ritz/ABC/Cannon/ABC/Odeon next door. Thanks for posting it Len Gazzard :–)

curmudgeon
curmudgeon on January 19, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Strange that a purpose built theatre would be designed with so many side wall windows. How on earth did they darken the auditorium for film presentation?

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