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

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 11, 2005 at 10:55 am

The auditorium of the Odeon Richmond can be seen in the British film “The Smallest Show on Earth” (1957) starring Virgina McKenna, Bill Travers, Margaret Rutherford & Peter Sellers.

In the film, the young couple who have inherited a closed down ‘flea-pit’ cinema go to the local movie palace to see how things should be run. The exterior of the ‘Grand’ is actually the exterior of the Gaumont Palace, Hammersmith in West London (later known as the Odeon) and today in live theatre use as the Apollo, Hammersmith. On the display boards outside, the movies playing that week were Danny Kaye “Knock on Wood” and Stephen Murray “Guilty?”.

When inside the ‘Grand’ (filmed in the Odeon Richmond, which is located just outside London on the Western side), the couple are seated in the circle and there are good views of the stage area, plus you see the Compton organ rising from the orchestra pit.

The exterior of the ‘flea-pit’ Bijou cinema in the film is actually a mock facade that was set up between two railway bridges in Kilburn, North London (the site still remains today. The interior of the Bijou was studio set

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
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
AdoraKiaOra on May 6, 2007 at 11:56 am

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

AdoraKiaOra
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
AdoraKiaOra on February 4, 2009 at 10:52 am

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

johndereszewski
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
keiths on November 12, 2009 at 12:32 am

http://www.cinephoto.co.uk/

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

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