Odeon Camden Town

14 Parkway,
London, NW1 7AA

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Operated by: Odeon Cinemas Group

Previously operated by: Gaumont-British-Picture Corp., Ltd., Rank Organisation

Architects: Daniel MacKay, William Edward Trent, William Sydney Trent

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Gaumont Palace Regents Park, Gaumont Camden Town, Gate Cinema, Parkway Kings Cinema, Parkway Regency Cinema

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 440871.224.4007

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Odeon Camden Town

Located in the northwest London inner city suburb of Camden Town. The Gaumont Palace Regents Park opened 25th January 1937 with Paul Robson in “Show Boat” and James Dunn in “The Two Fisted Gentleman” plus the GB Revels on stage. Built by the Gaumont British Theatres chain as a 2,742 seat, super luxury theatre with full stage facilities, the proscenium was 44 feet wide and the stage 31 feet deep. There were 12 dressing rooms for the artistes and a cafĂ©/restaurant was provided for the convenience of patrons. The architects were William E. Trent, W. Sydney Trent and Daniel Mackay. The auditorium was wide and decorated with horizontal bands of colour on the walls under a stepped ceiling containing very pendulous light fittings. The screen opening had large backlit grilles with a metal meshwork in front. The Compton 4Manual/10Rank organ was opened by Terence Casey and was on a platform which emerged through an archway at the side of the stage rather than up through the orchestra pit.

The Gaumont Palace, Regents Park was renamed Gaumont Camden Town (dropping the Palace name and advertising itself in its actual location in Camden Town) very soon after opening. In 1961 it hosted a Top Rank Bingo Club on Sunday afternoons. It became an Odeon in 1964 ahead of alterations which created a Top Rank Bingo Club in the former stalls which had its own separate entrance on the side road. A new 1,198 seat cinema in the circle opened in 1968.

The Odeon closed on 29th September 1979. It was reopened (reduced in size to 434 seats) as the Gate Cinema from 1980 to 1982. Re-opened again, restored to 1,000 seats as the Parkway Kings Cinema in 1983 with another screen being added in the former restaurant area (later used as a projectionist training area), known as the Parkway Regency (90 seats). Both were operating very successfully but were closed on 28th February 1987 with “The Fly”. It later reopened but closed on 28th August 1993 when the lease was suddenly terminated by Odeon Theatres. They had decided to take back the building and created a 5-screen multiplex in the space, opening on 11th July 1997 as the Odeon. The screens now seat; 403, 88, 226, 88 and 105. It was the first cinema in the Odeon Cinemas Group. chain to receive the new ‘Odeon-Fanatical About Film’ signage which was a see-through vertical sign which read ‘Odeon’ correctly when viewed from the busy Camden High Street, but read backwards when viewed approaching the cinema from Parkway. Eventually it received a new enclosed sign which could be read from both directions.

In early-September 2023 it was announced that the Mecca Bingo Club in the former stalls would be closing. Proposals have been made to convert the space into an immersive live theatre and/or a home for the Secret Cinema.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

Recent comments (view all 22 comments)

Cinefan on June 29, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Just need a bit of clarification.

Was this the first cinema, when owned by ODEON, to get the new Fanatical About Film brand, or is that another cinema?

shadow15 on April 30, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Side entrance (1937):


Techwreckie on October 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Anybody know how the building is split into different auditoria here? Specifically, if the circle is still one whole auditorium or if it has been split?

Ian on October 18, 2012 at 12:47 am

It has been split into (I think) four auditoria, with the 5th in the former Regency space.

Techwreckie on November 21, 2012 at 8:57 am

But isn’t one screen in a former projectionist’s training auditorium? Perhaps the circle was split into 3, plus the 2 others? I ask only because the few times I’ve been in there, the auditorium I was in looked – at least from side to side – like an original full circle, rather than a split.

davepring on November 21, 2012 at 9:14 am

You were sitting in the largest screen, an extension of the original balcony from the 1960s conversion.3 smaller screens have been carved out of the rear circle with the fifth screen in the former projectionists training area.

FanaticalAboutOdeon on May 4, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Cinefan, Yes, the rebranding first appeared when the Odeon, Camden Town reopened on 11th July 1997. The new signage, blue and silver livery, reappearance of neon outlining and mission statement: “FANATICAL ABOUT FILM”, created by design consultancy Wolff Olins, were all applied here and it gave the then owners, the Rank Group, the chance to inspect the treatment away from the glare of the West End. There were niggles about the vertical name sign where the two dimensional characters only read correctly when approached from one direction (later solved by being replaced with double-sided letter-bearing signs internally lit) but, on the whole, the designs were considered successful and, over the next few years, were applied – with variations – to every Odeon cinema except York. Ignorance and intransigence on the part of the City of York Council’s Planning Committee meant that, despite two modified submissions to “meet the Council half way”, the Company were not allowed to re-brand that cinema in anything like the new circuit scheme with the result that York Odeon was neither re-branded nor refurbished and closed in 2006. Three years later it reopened as a Reel cinema with standards of comfort and presentation inferior to that of the Odeon chain. The Planning Committee were adamant that the 1937 name sign was part of the building and therefore had to remain. The neon had ceased to work safely many years ago so the ODEON sign remains, rusting and broken – not to mention somewhat potentially confusing.

NigelSmith on August 29, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I know that some of the film Backbeat was filmed at the Odeon Camden Town (playing a cinema in Hamburg). The film came out in ‘94 but does anyone know if it was filmed before or after the cinema closed in '93.

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Boltmaker John from Keighley on July 18, 2015 at 10:03 am

In the early 60’s the Odeon Camden Town also housed the Rank Organisation projectionist training school. If I remember rightly the course lasted 3 weeks before an examination and programme run (no public) before being returned to your own cinema. The students were housed in a B&B in Chalk Farm and travelled daily.

rivest266 on May 26, 2021 at 6:51 am

Reopened as Odeon Camden town on July 11th, 1997. Grand opening ad posted.

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