Friday, 13 May 2011

Harlow Odeon - Jan 2011

I apologize in advance for the quality of these photos, it was in my early days of Urbex and I knew nothing about tripods and light painting. I ended up rushing around a pitch black, window less cinema with a torch and shooting my flash off for every photo.

OK, here goes............

This was the first new cinema to be built by Rank after WW II

It opened on 1st February 1960 with the film "Follow A Star" starring Norman wisdom and John Le Mesurier.

Designed by T.P.Bennet, it had 1244 seats on a single floor in a sloping stadium style and the projector was suspended above the rear stalls almost level to the screen

In June 1987 it closed and the rear stalls were converted into two smaller cinemas while the main cinema retained the original screen

The cinema struggled to compete with the new six screen multiplex which opened in 1990 and it finally closed its doors in August 2005

Harlow Odeon 1961  

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