89-91 High Street,
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Architects: Joshua Clayton
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Regal Cinema
Originally opened as the Regal Cinema on 22nd April 1935, it was taken over by Oscar Deutsch’s chain of Odeon Theatres Ltd. in 1944 and re-named Odeon from 12th March 1945.
I started work at this cinema in 1955 with the film “Picnic”. It was a very busy cinema and had a very busy restaurant. It was discovered that one of the supporting walls was sinking, and was closed on 3rd September 1966. The manager was Bernard Goldthorpe and the chief projectionst Stan Close.
It was demolished and a new Odeon was built on the site, which opened on 25th April 1968. This has its own page on Cinema Treasures. It became a nightclub, named The Mall, then Visage, then Zanzibar and by 2013 was named ‘GLAM’, which had closed suddenly on 15th June 2013.
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