3 King Street,
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Architects: George Coles
Styles: Art Deco
Located in the west London district of Acton. Built as one of the original Oscar Deutsch chain of Odeon Theatres Ltd., it opened on 8th November 1937 with Leslie Banks in “Farewell Again” & Robert Wilcox in “Man in Blue”.
Noted cinema architect George Coles designed this modern Art Deco style cinema which had a rather plain flat façade covered in cream faïence tiles, relieved only by a set of windows above the canopy and ridged tiles along the top. The main feature was a stylish tower which rose to the left of the façade that had the name ODEON letters set into open curved bands.
Inside the auditorium seating was provided for 1,230 in the stalls and 640 in the balcony. It was illuminated by two narrow strips of linear lights set into the ceiling and a long linear light on each side wall. On the side walls at each side of the proscenium there was a large round circular feature that was backlit.
The Odeon led an uneventful life and ended up being the last cinema to operate in Acton when it closed on 18th October 1975 with Lynn Redgrave in “The Happy Hooker” and Ann Todd in “The Fiend”. The building was converted into a B & Q DIY store (home improvements). It eventually closed and the former Odeon was demolished in 1988 and a Safeway Supermarket was built on the site. This is now a W.M. Morrison supermarket.
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