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The Remains of Odeon, Tottenham Court Road,
Home of "Windjammer"
The 70mm Newsletter
and text by: John Newman
August 15, 2003
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I recall seeing
"Windjammer" when it was presented in London Odeon Tottenham Court Rd. Strangely enough I now work near the site of this
Odeon - now a Car Park by University of London Hospital (a sign says "Odeon Car Park").
No, not a drive-in - but this dusty car park is all that's left of the shell of the Odeon Tottenham Court Road, which in it's heyday showcased the London Presentation of
"Windjammer" in Cinemiracle.
All that remains is a side wall which still shows the rake of the stalls with
the original blue 3ft high paint of (presumably the side exit corridor)
this runs down to part of the left side of the proscenium arch. It
maybe just a car park but it brings back memories....
in 70mm reading:
in70mm.com's "Windjammer" in
cast and credit
70mm Film in London
More information in "London's West End Cinemas"
by Allen Eyles & Keith Skone (1991)
The Cinemiracle system was not all that brilliant but I enjoyed the
showmanship and the big screen. I remember one scene where Grieg's Piano concerto was played on shore alongside a tall-ship. The sound
quality was good but the mirror system for A & C projectors still had the obvious 3 strip process
It's all a long time ago now, but it's funny how having re-discovered this location by chance - on seeing that Odeon Car park reference,
it suddenly dawned on me that, yes, this is where I saw "Windjammer"
in Cinemiracle one afternoon during the school holidays. I'd already seen "This is Cinerama" and this was the latest deep screen offering
and we enjoyed every minute of it. Looking about, brought it all back.
Car Park sign ("Odeon Car Park")
Totally neglected now, this remnant is all that's left of the original
proscenium arch (left side), once home to the giant deep curved cinemiracle screen.
Odeon in Tottenham Court Road (at south east corner of Grafton Way
This small sign is the only acknowledgement of a showbiz past - all far from the salty spray of the three panel
Odeon, Tottenham Court Road
"What's On" June 13, 1958. Editors collection, courtesy Tony
Sloman. Press picture to see enlargement.
Opened February 10, 1936.
Closed March 5, 1960.
2568 seats, reduced to around 1700 for "Windjammer".
Cinemiracle screen size: 21,5 x 8,6 m (71 ft x 28½ ft).
Original name was "Paramount". Renamed Odeon in November
I too always get a "nostalgia twinge"
"What's On" September
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October 3, 2003
I too always get a "nostalgia twinge" whenever I pass that sunken car park on Tottenham Court Road.
The screening of "Windjammer" was one of the last examples of cinema showmanship.
The theatre's entire lobby was reconstructed to resemble the interior of a ship.
After buying their ticket and in order to enter the auditorium, patrons had to walk across a bridge of wooden planks. An usher dressed in naval uniform tore the ticket in half.
When the start of the performance was imminent, a large brass bell located beside the bridge was rung.
Today, this all sounds a trifle ridiculous, but at that time The Kinematograph Weekly always included a "Showmanship" page and made awards to cinema managers throughout the country who devised the most original and imaginative publicity campaigns in order to promote their current offerings.
All The Best
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