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Odeon Leicester Square

 

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  • Odeon Leicester Square, London
  • Odeon Leicester Square, London
  • Odeon Leicester Square, London

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  • The Odeon was designed by Harry Weedon and Andrew Mather on the site of the Turkish Baths and the adjoining Alhambra Theatre, a large music hall dating from the 1850s, on the eastern side of the square.
  • The site originally cost 550,000, took 7 months to construct and cost 232,755 to construct.
  • Notably the interior was a massive art deco style auditorium with large ribbed ceilings and two nymph bas-relief sculptures that took residence on the side walls. Complementing was the upholstery with faux leopard skin. To provide music, a Compton Organ was installed which survives today.
  • Unfortunately much of the grandiose decor was lost in a badly planned refurbishment in 1967, but efforts have been ongoing since the eighties to recapture the essences of the building and much of the original features are being restored over time.
  • The first film shown was The Prisoner of Zenda on the opening night, November the 2nd, 1937
  • The cinema continues to boast the largest single screen in the UK capable of showing 35mm, 70mm and digital film. It also had the first wide screen installed in UK in 1953, and the first digital projector in 1999.

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Reference Data

Reference No.
6694
First Uploaded
13-08-2012
Last Editorial Date
18-08-2012
 

Building Location

Address
Leicester Square, London. WC2H 7AD
Council
Westminster
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1936
Construction start date
1936
Completion date
1937
Style
Art Deco

Roof Height (AGL)
36.60

Market Data

Primary Use
Other


Construction Cost
£782,755.00
Budget Date
1937

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