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 16 comments)

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on May 6, 2007 at 2:56 pm

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 26, 2008 at 12:58 pm

Here are updated links for the photos posted on Sep 14, 2005:

Photo1

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 4, 2009 at 12:16 pm

The year given for this photo is 2005.

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on February 4, 2009 at 12:51 pm

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 12:52 pm

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 3, 2009 at 7:51 pm

This is another 2009 photo.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on June 2, 2009 at 5:59 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.)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 25, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Here is a recent close-up photo.

keiths
keiths on November 12, 2009 at 2:32 am

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

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

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