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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Tod
Tod on December 5, 2005 at 12:56 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 April 30, 2006 at 10:40 pm

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

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Ian
Ian on March 4, 2011 at 12:55 am

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

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

ritzman
ritzman on January 18, 2014 at 9:04 pm

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 6:42 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?

ritzman
ritzman on June 1, 2014 at 12:13 pm

The Windows in the side wall were never used. They were always totally blocked in and never had curtains.From inside the auditorium you would never have known there were large Windows.
The Windows only became used when taken over by the Kings Church.

ritzman
ritzman on June 1, 2014 at 2:52 pm

New photo added taken in 1931 1 year after opening

ritzman
ritzman on June 19, 2014 at 2:42 am

Newspaper advert for the Empire added in photo section

ritzman
ritzman on November 1, 2014 at 9:11 am

New photo added 01/08/1930

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