Odeon Richmond

72 Hill Street,
Richmond, TW9 1TW

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Odeon Richmond in June 2008

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Located in Richmond, Surrey, towards the west of what is today included in Greater London. The Richmond Kinema opened on 21st April 1930. It was built for the Joseph Mears Theatres circuit. It had an original seating capacity of 1,533 in stalls and circle levels. It was re-named Premier Cinema from 29th June 1940 (this was to enable the removal of the Richmond name on the cinema, in case German parachutists landed nearby).

It was taken over by Oscar Deutsch’s Odeon Theatres Ltd. from 3rd January 1944 and was re-named Odeon in May 1944. Converted into a triple screen from 30th December 1972. Screen 1 in the old circle is beautiful. It retains the original Atmospheric style auditorium, modelled in the style of a 17th century Spanish courtyard. Features include ornate grillwork, Spanish tiles, Moorish windows, even stone and plaster oranges and doves. Screens 2 & 3 are located under the circle and both have seating provided for 118. The entrance foyer plasterwork depicts all the various trades of the people the original owner (Joseph T. Mears) employed, lots of them.

In 2008, the seating capacities are given as 406, 178 and 178.

The Odeon is a Grade II Listed building.

Contributed by Steve Grimley

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 10, 2005 at 10:10 pm

More history and photographs of the Kinema/Odeon, Richmond here:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 14, 2005 at 4:08 am

A vintage 1949 exterior photograph of the Odeon Richmond here:
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A 1971 exterior photo here:
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Ian on December 19, 2005 at 3:17 am

Recent exterior shot here
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and an interior on the same day
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AdoraKiaOra on May 6, 2007 at 11:56 am

….please, nobody mention the appauling building around the corner!!! (the Odeon Multiplex) Dreadful!

AdoraKiaOra on February 4, 2009 at 10:51 am

I saw the Odeon Richmond a few days ago from the window of an aircraft landing at Heathrow. Its quit a sight to see the huge auditorium so detached from the main foyer building. Maybe someone on here us able to put up the Google map of it?

AdoraKiaOra on February 4, 2009 at 10:52 am

Sorry! I forgot, you can see already on the map link above.

johndereszewski on June 2, 2009 at 2:59 pm

I just returned from a visit to England. During a trip to Richmond, I happily stumbled upon this wonderful facade. Walking up from the historic Richmond Bridge that traverses the Thames, the theater really dominates the streetscape and provides a terrific, and very well preserved, landmark on its own. I just wish I could have caught a film here – but time was not on my side. (And the Fanatical About Films sign was also terrific to see.)

keiths on November 12, 2009 at 12:32 am


Follow this link for some behind the scenes views of the Odeon Richmond

execelsior on October 24, 2014 at 8:58 am

The links given by Ken Roe here are not working.

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