Odeon Covent Garden

135 Shaftesbury Avenue,
London, WC2H 8AH

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 13, 2010 at 9:31 pm

A set of vintage photographs of the ABC Shaftesbury Avenues here:
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Ian
Ian on August 11, 2007 at 7:40 pm

A better view of the original shot on this listing here:–

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jasonfmullen
jasonfmullen on May 30, 2005 at 11:48 pm

Great loss as a Theatre. But as previously stated there is the Beatle connection and for those interested the stage can be seen in use with the fab four on it including house Tabs if you watch the Beatles “Hello GoodBye” video on the anthology set.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 29, 2004 at 11:07 am

While Mr Leslie Scott Slaughter may have worked on the design of the Saville Theatre, official records show that the consulting architect was Bertie Crewe, the builders were Messers Gee, Walker and Slater and it was designed by architects T. P. Bennett & Son.

It opened as the Saville Theatre on 8th October 1931 with 1,426 seats. It closed in 1970 and was converted into a twin screen cinema (architects William Ryder & Associates). It is a Listed Grade II building for its facade which features a sculptured relief frieze by Gilbert Bayes representing ‘Drama Through the Ages’. Nothing remains internally of the original features of this art deco building.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 26, 2004 at 10:51 pm

The Odeon is not renovating, it is open as a 4 screen cinema.

Dominic
Dominic on December 6, 2003 at 12:22 am

The Saville’s architect was Leslie Scott Slaughter (1898 – 1938). He was an Associate Member of the British Institute of Architects, and worked with Sir Geoffrey Jellico and TP Bennett. He was my grandfather.

Dominic
Dominic on December 6, 2003 at 12:15 am

Not a success? The Saville Theatre was leased by Brian Epstein in the 60s and is where the Fab Four filmed the videos of Hallo Goodbye.

Jimmi Hendrix, Fats Domino, The Bee Gees, The Who, Pink Floyd, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Elton John, The Beatles, Chuck Berry….. have all played at the Saville. As have Sir Harry Secombe and Leonard Rossiter…

Ian
Ian on December 20, 2001 at 1:34 pm

When it was converted from the Saville the auditorium was virtually gutted to form two cinemas and the same has happened in 2001 when the entire space has been redesigned to form four screens. Now called the Odeon Covent Garden – though this is confusing as the site is not in Covent Garden!