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Opera House Tunbridge Wells

The Opera House, as its name suggests, was not originally a cinema at all, but in common with the ABC and two other cinemas in the town was operated for a time by Union Cinemas. According to Mervyn Collard, the building was still in use as a theatre in the days when it showed films and hence films were back-projected from the rear of the stage.

Opera House Tunbridge Wells 2006 - front
Opera House Tunbridge Wells 2006 - front
Opera House Tunbridge Wells 2006 - front
Opera House Tunbridge Wells 2006 - front

Odeon Kensington

The Odeon Kensington started out life in 1926 as The Kensington and then renamed the Majestic in 1940 (in case German parachutists dropped in and used it to identify where they were) Its then-revolutionary architecture - a smart, portal-like opening, designed by Julian Randolph Leathart and W.F. Granger (the first of their four cinemas for Joseph Mears' small London circuit) was a deliberate attempt to move away from the fairground origins of cinema and give cinemagoing a new respectability.

Odeon Kensington 2006 - front
Odeon Kensington 2006 - front and side
Odeon Kensington 2006 - front detail
Odeon Kensington 2006 - side detail
Odeon Kensington 2006 - front detail

Hippodrome Brighton

Mainly used as a theatre, but this has a place on the BrightonFilm.com list as it showed films at weekends, so we'll make an exception. Later acquired by Rank's Mecca Bingo - an odd purchase, given that Rank had four Odeon cinemas (excluding the multiplex) in the town which it chose to demolish rather than convert to bingo.

Hippodrome Brighton, 2006 - exterior (scaffolding)
Hippodrome Brighton, 2006 - exterior (scaffolding)
Hippodrome Brighton, 2006 - mosaic detail

West's Picture Palace

Guildford's first cinema opened in the Constitutional Hall in 1909. The building later served as a second-hand bookshop and now sells furniture.

West's Picture Palace, Guildford 2006 - exterior
West's Picture Palace, Guildford 2006 - BFI centenary plaque

Reel Cinemas York

The Odeon York opened on 1st February 1937 with a single screen seating 1,484. It was tripled in 1972, more sensitively than Odeon often managed but in the usual Odeon pattern, with one large screen in an extended circle and two much smaller screens below.

Odeon York 2006 - exterior
Odeon York 2006 - exterior
Odeon York 2006 - exterior (detail including sign)
Odeon York 2006 - exterior (detail including sign)
Odeon York 2006 - exterior (detail showing rounded corner and original logo)
Odeon York 2006 - exterior (detail showing rounded corner and original logo)
Odeon York 2006 - exterior (rear)
Odeon York 2006 - exterior (rear)
Odeon York 2006 - exterior (rear)

Everyman Oxted

The mock-Tudor Plaza opened in 1929 and was modified to include a circle in 1936. The capacity was reduced from 600 to 440 with the introduction of CinemaScope, as the new screen had to be built in front of the proscenium.

Everyman Oxted 2006 - front
Everyman Oxted 2006 - front

Odeon Gloucester

The Gloucester Odeon was the surviving half of a Rank-owned double-act in Eastgate Street; during rationalisation in 1961, the nearby Gaumont (formerly the Hippodrome) was closed down and demolished three years later. Starting off life in 1935 as the Plaza, owned by the Poole circuit (which explains the lack of the distinctive Odeon architectural features) the cinema itself was so commercially disastrous by the 1970s that rather than triple it (or make it seven-way, as in nearby Cheltenham), Rank applied to turn it into a bingo hall, which it remains today.

Odeon Gloucester 2006 - front
Odeon Gloucester 2006 - front
Odeon Gloucester 2006 - front

The Daffodil

A subsequent conversion to a restaurant has preserved the beautiful Art Deco-style Daffodil cinema in magnificent condition, complete with barrel-vaulted ceiling, balcony and proscenium. A photograph of the auditorium in its original form hangs in the foyer but really no imagination at all is required to picture it in its heyday. (See The Daffodil restaurant website for contemporary interior photographs.)

The Daffodil, Cheltenham 2006 - front
The Daffodil, Cheltenham 2006 - front
The Daffodil, Cheltenham 2006 - front (night)