Odeon Ottawa

142 Bank Street,
Ottawa, ON K2P

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Previously operated by: Odeon Theatres (Canada) Ltd., Odeon Theatres Ltd.

Architects: Jay I. English, Leslie H. Kemp

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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The Odeon's marquee along the Bank St sidewalk

The Odeon was opened in Ottawa’s city centre on May 20, 1949 with Moira Shearer in “The Red Shoes”. It was one of nineteen Odeon theatres designed by architect Jay I. English for the Odeon Canada chain, a subsidiary of the British based Rank Organisation.

Jay English had died prior to completion, and the plans were revised by British architect Leslie H. Kemp.

The Odeon was closed by a natural gas explosion in an adjacent building on October 25, 1958. It was converted into retail use and was demolished in 1999 or 2000.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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0stimpy0 on November 5, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Closed 25 October 1958 due to a natural gas explosion at an adjacent building. The collapsed roof and back wall was repaired and the ground floor of the building continued to be used for retail until finally being torn down in the late 90’s or early 00’s. Located at 142 Bank St.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 1, 2010 at 2:33 am

The auditorium of the Odeon Ottawa was on the cover of Boxoffice, December 2, 1950.

rivest266 on November 20, 2020 at 6:39 pm

Annonce d'ouverture officielle en français publiée.

rivest266 on February 3, 2022 at 10:24 am

Posted a Le Droit photo of the theatre after it was damaged.

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