Odeon Streatham

47-49 Streatham High Road,
London, SW16 1PW

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rivest266 on August 4, 2021 at 11:38 am

1930 and 1961 grand opening ads posted.

Buffer on March 31, 2019 at 1:36 pm

The opening programme of the Astoria dated June, 1930 is held by the Kent MOMI Museum, Deal, Kent

FanaticalAboutOdeon on May 7, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I believe the vertical “cut-out” name sign around the corner to the right of the frontage is the one removed from the Odeon Haymarket. Although the lovely Haymarket cinema was closed by the time of the “Fanatical rebranding exercise”, there was still talk of it reopening so it’s red neon against a blue background sign was replaced by one of the new, silver cut-out type (only correctly readable from one direction although the designers, Wolff Olins, felt the mere shape of the characters was enough for the brand to register).

woody on April 9, 2009 at 3:40 pm

seen here in april 2009, still looking very imposing from the outside, but nothing visible of the original decoration in the main lobby

GEOFFGILL on October 30, 2008 at 3:16 am

Basically the screen in Odeon One is still the same size and is indeed the same size frame which was installed in 1991 when the theatre was converted from 3 to 5 screens.What spoils it now is (2) Two Hundred or so seater screens have been installed either side at the rear of the old circle creating a sort of tunnel effect for those sitting in the rear half of Odeon One.For the record the remaining screens are two in the rear stalls two in the front stalls and one built sideways the other side of the stage Safety Curtain on the actual stage itself going from actors left to actors right.The old Orchestra pit is still there and if one looks over the ski ramp in front of screen 4 the steps down into the pit for the conductor are still visible.

AdoraKiaOra on October 29, 2008 at 6:00 am

The Odeon 1 in the late 80s, early 90s used to be a great size screen on which to see new releases. At the time it must have been one of the biggest screens left around London. I can’t fathom out why they would even want to try and fit 8 screens into one building that size- yes it’s a big building but 8 screens!
I remember seeing ‘Roger Rabbit’ with a full house there and a few others around that time and the place was always full, so why chop it up.

GEOFFGILL on October 29, 2008 at 3:20 am

I have a photo of the circle foyer which was virtually destroyed in September 1961.The pillars shown in the photo were boxed in (they are actually support girders underneath)the American Oak circle entrance doors were covered over and the gold leaf ceiling painted black. A false ceiling was laid towards the foyer windows and everything below was hacked away.To this day some of the decoration can still be viewed from above if you know how to get up there. The foyer until 1961 was also used as the Astoria Resturant and tea-rooms.
Anyone lucky enough to have a copy of The Rank Organisation’s “Look at Life” No 158 released on 15th March 1962 called “The Cinema Steps Out” can actually see the “refurbisment” of this lovely foyer taking place.Mind you it’s nothing compared to what was done to the auditorium at the same time.In my 35 years there it went from 1 screen to 3 screens to 5 screens and then it’s current 8 screens.

kevinp on June 28, 2008 at 6:00 am

a fabulous picture here of the upstairs foyer !

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kevinp on November 11, 2007 at 9:53 am

A much earlier photo here : part of a collection I bought from ebay


Ian on May 6, 2006 at 12:25 am

Exterior picture from 1991 here

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GEOFFGILL on February 5, 2006 at 8:11 am

As Kevin says above I worked at the Odeon Streatham from 1968 till 2003 in 2001 I was asked to submit a history of Streatham Odeon which can be viewed in full along with some rare photographs of The Astoria at www.mawgrim.co.uk click on Odeon Cavalcade and scroll down to Odeon Streatham.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 11, 2005 at 12:59 am

More history and photographs of the Astoria/Odeon, Streatham here:
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kevinp on August 7, 2005 at 3:04 am

And an interior picture from 1935 for a Silver Jubilee celebration.

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kev p

kevinp on June 25, 2005 at 3:54 am

found another photo link that does work : this I believe is from the opening day



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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 26, 2005 at 3:45 am

Hi Kev,
Welcome and thanks for the complement, although C.T. is not my web site.

Nice to see another UK enthusiast on here and look forward to future postings from you, although at the moment the ‘add a photo’ link has been taken down.

kevinp on March 26, 2005 at 3:15 am

Hi there , first-timer here,

I worked at Streatham Astoria as an usher and voluntary projectionist in the early 80’s : then it was three screens, albeit the original circle still had , as screen 1, a might 1,095 seats, along with a 45 wide screen on ‘scope.

The two smaller theatres were larger than most' mini’s, with I believe, 267 seats each.
Projectors in the original box were Victoria 8’s ( albeit minus the 70mm capacity due to a blocking in the 60’s, the Regal up the road got 70 1st.. I believe )

Now as can Ken rightly mentions, chopped up into 8… yuk.

There was a very good link by the former chief, Geoff Gill, now at Brighton Odeon, but the link seems to be down at the mo' ,

Ken, I have to say, you knowledge of theatres blows me away : I have collected books on and off for 20 years, had a break, and am now doing a'refresher'.

best to a brilliant website.

I will in due course be posting a lot of photos of the UK side : I have about 10 ABC managers yearbooks from mid- 50’s to mid-60’s.


Kev p

( Kev Phelan )

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 28, 2005 at 10:30 am

This is it. Paramount Pictures took over the 4 Astoria Theatre’s soon after they opened and they in turn were taken over by the Odeon Theatre chain in November 1939.

Thanks for the update on the exact address.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 28, 2005 at 9:30 am

The Astoria Theatre, Streatham, London was one of four Astoria Theatre’s built in the inner London suburbs by exhibitor A. Segal. The other 3 Astoria Theatre’s were at Finsbury Park (Spanish atmospheric now a church), Brixton (Italian atmospheric now a rock concert venue) and Old Kent Road (Art Deco now demolished).

This is the only one to be still screening movies (albeit now mutilated as an 8-screen Odeon Cinema complex.