Odeon Aylesbury

44 Cambridge Street,
Aylesbury, HP20 1RS

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Previously operated by: Odeon Theatres Ltd., Rank Organisation

Architects: Andrew Mather

Styles: Art Deco

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Odeon Aylesbury

One of the original Oscar Deutsch built Odeon theatres, the Odeon Aylesbury opened on 21st June 1937 with Shirley Temple in “Dimples” & Claire Trevor in “Star for Tonight”.

The exterior has four vertical fins over the entrance, which have three narrow glazed windows between them. Inside the auditorium there were troughs across the ceiling which contained concealed lighting. Seating was provided for 954 in the stalls and 497 in the circle.

The Odeon was tripled from 26th August 1973 when it re-opened with "The Sword in the Stone" in the former circle screen which seated 497, "Lady Caroline Lamb" and "That’ll be the Day" in the two mini screens in the former rear stalls which seated 99 and 108. The Odeon was re-furbished in 1984.

In late 1999, with ABC Cinemas about to open a new 6-screen multiplex in the town (now operated by Odeon), the Odeon was closed on 30th October 1999. The building was purchased by the Sainsbury supermarket chain, to enable a new store and car park to be built on the site. Planning permission has been given, but to date (December 2013) the closed-down former Odeon sits awaiting its fate. Demolition began in March 2017.

A block of flats named Oscar Lodge was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

keiths on December 10, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Some extraordinary photos are to be found here – including the two projection boxes, containing bits of Cinemeccanica and Kalee lamphouses.

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Fabian_Breckels on May 7, 2012 at 5:09 pm

There was so much of this cinema that was intact it should have been listed.

Kenton on September 3, 2015 at 9:35 am

It could still be saved maybe an application for having the building listed would ensure its protection till it can be returned to its original glory? https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/apply-for-listing/

Mike_Blakemore on September 3, 2015 at 12:13 pm

A Listed Building status alas is not worth the paper its written on. They soon find away round it. Only Grade 1 or 2plus a star has a chance..

Buffer on February 13, 2016 at 4:06 pm

Sainsburys have sold the site to Churchill Retirement homes and 49 flats are due to be begun this summer. The Odeon is not expected to be around much longer.

Landie_Man on January 14, 2017 at 3:15 pm

1980s Refurb has been pulled out and revealed a most lovely, original staircase complete with ODEON branded Terrazzo floor.

Buffer on March 29, 2017 at 12:04 pm

Demolition in progress during March, 2017 but asbestos probably slowing progress. Churchill Retirement flats due to open in Summer, 2018.

Buffer on January 24, 2019 at 3:38 pm

The Bucks Herald site has a nostalgia page showing some interior views of the long derelict cinema, including the 5 ODEON letters against a wall. Detailed photos of the actual demolition appear on George Entecott’s facebook page- 269 from every possible angle!

Buffer on July 17, 2019 at 3:49 pm

The replacement flats have been named Oscar Lodge and are being let in July, 2019

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