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Odeon Cinema

A Grade II Listed Building in Richmond upon Thames, London

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Latitude: 51.4584 / 51°27'30"N

Longitude: -0.3051 / 0°18'18"W

OS Eastings: 517847

OS Northings: 174632

OS Grid: TQ178746

Mapcode National: GBR 75.ZP2

Mapcode Global: VHGR2.NLJV

Plus Code: 9C3XFM5V+9W

Entry Name: Odeon Cinema

Listing Date: 26 March 1990

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1254263

English Heritage Legacy ID: 437710

Also known as: Richmond Kinema
Premier Cinema

ID on this website: 101254263

Location: Richmond upon Thames, London, TW9

County: London

District: Richmond upon Thames

Electoral Ward/Division: South Richmond

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Richmond upon Thames

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Richmond

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

Tagged with: Cinema Art Deco

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Odeon Cinema

Cinema. 1930 by Julian Leathart and W.R Grainger. Steel frame clad in brick with faience front. Plan of double-height auditorium with balcony at right angles to street reached via series of long narrow foyers, with offices over entrance foyer.

Three-storey, three-bay front in Art Deco style. Later C20 entrance doors. Art Deco chevrons to metal glazing of windows, which are set in recessed three-bay central feature articulated by giant order of piers with Ionic Art Deco capitals separating coloured panels with lion's mask features. This central feature is flanked by stepped bands which run beneath raised dentilled cornice; coved parapet with bead and reel beneath Art Deco cornice.

Interior: entrance foyer has piers with Mayan-style friezes and Art Deco Ionic capitals to scroll brackets and decorative cornice surrounding D-shaped ceiling; scrolled Spanish-style architraves to doorways. Other foyers have panelled Spanish-style doors, good original light fittings, moulded cornicing and scrolled Spanish-style plasterwork to architraves and wall brackets. Auditorium retains 'atmospheric' proscenium surround of a Spanish courtyard with seven elaborate metal grilles to centre, aediculed openings to sides and loggias with pantiles along auditorium walls; coffered ceiling with original lights.

One of only three surviving 'atmospheric' interiors in Britain, the others being The Academy, Brixton, and The Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park (q.v.).

Listing NGR: TQ1784774632

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