A view of the auditorium in the newly built Odeon Cinema at 114 - 120 Westbourne Grove, looking from the circle towards the stage and curtained screen

Sep 1955 - Nov 1955
Odeon Cinema, Westbourne Grove, Bayswater, City Of Westminster, Greater London Authority
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The cinema, located on the corner of Westbourne Grove and Chepstow Road, was originally designed in 1937 and work began the following year. With the outbreak of the Second World War, however, all building work was halted at the site and did not re-commence until the end of 1954.

The Odeon Westbourne Grove was finally opened on 29th August 1955, with a single screen and with seating arranged in stalls and a circle. It was redeveloped in 1978 and two further screens were added. In 1983 it was taken over by an independent cinema operator but closed only three years later.

The building was demolished in October 1986 and the site redeveloped.


This is part of the Series: AAA01/02 Leonard G Allen and Gordon F Allen Collection: Photographs; within the Collection: AAA01 Leonard G Allen and Gordon F Allen Collection


Source: Historic England Archive

People & Organisations

Photographer: A. C. K. Ware (Photographs) Ltd

Architect: Allen, Leonard


Auditorium, Mid 20th Century Cinema