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Oxygen Thief
April 26th, 2009, 18:35
Visited with Rigsby.

Thanks to Landie Man for the heads-up on this one. We knew it was going to be good, but this far exceeded our expectations...

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b266/cjwinternet/02/Aylesbury%20Odeon%20April%202009/IMG_6827.jpg

You can still see that it's very similar to when it was designed...

http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/gallery/450/BB8/BB87_03512.jpg

Aaahhh but's it's missing the Odeon letters you say. But No! We found them dumped...

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b266/cjwinternet/02/Aylesbury%20Odeon%20April%202009/IMG_6823.jpg

Actually we could only spell ODEO but hey beggars can't be choosers.

An old picture of the foyer...

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/upload/img_400/bb87_03516.jpg

It's been cut up quite bad...

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b266/cjwinternet/02/Aylesbury%20Odeon%20April%202009/IMG_6811.jpg

...but more on that in a minute.

From http://cinematreasures.org/theater/24121/

"One of the original Oscar Deutsch built Odeon theatres, the Odeon Aylesbury opened on 21st June 1937 with Shirley Temple in "Dimples".

The exterior has four vertical fins over the entrance, which have three narrow glazed windows between them. Inside the auditorium there were troughs across the ceiling which contained concealed lighting. Seating was provided for 954 in the stalls and 497 in the circle.

The Odeon was tripled from 26th August 1973 when it re-opened with "The Sword in the Stone" in the former circle screen which seated 497, "Lady Caroline Lamb" and "That'll be the Day" in the two mini screens in the former rear stalls which seated 99 and 108."

When they say it tripled, they mean it tripled the number of screens from one to three. At the same time they lost 747 seats. Jeez.

To enable the three screens, first, they didn't need the old screen. It sits at the back of building with the old orchestra pit...

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b266/cjwinternet/02/Aylesbury%20Odeon%20April%202009/IMG_6804.jpg

Standing on the old stage, and looking forward, we can start to piece together what happened...

The stalls were stripped, and a frame erected to hold a new screen for the circle (Balcony)... (rear view)...

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b266/cjwinternet/02/Aylesbury%20Odeon%20April%202009/IMG_6806.jpg

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b266/cjwinternet/02/Aylesbury%20Odeon%20April%202009/IMG_6807.jpg

Then, in front of this hideous thing, they built two new screens, the white soundproofed things on the left...

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b266/cjwinternet/02/Aylesbury%20Odeon%20April%202009/IMG_6808.jpg

These two screens were served by one projection room...

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b266/cjwinternet/02/Aylesbury%20Odeon%20April%202009/IMG_6796.jpg

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b266/cjwinternet/02/Aylesbury%20Odeon%20April%202009/IMG_6798.jpg

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b266/cjwinternet/02/Aylesbury%20Odeon%20April%202009/IMG_6799.jpg

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b266/cjwinternet/02/Aylesbury%20Odeon%20April%202009/IMG_6801.jpg

These projectors projected the film forwards onto a mirror, which then reflected onto the rear of screen. You might be able to make this out in this picture...

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b266/cjwinternet/02/Aylesbury%20Odeon%20April%202009/IMG_6802.jpg

So what about the circle...

http://viewfinder.english-heritage.org.uk/gallery/450/BB8/BB87_03515.jpg

Impressively big still, looking forward to the (new) screen...

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b266/cjwinternet/02/Aylesbury%20Odeon%20April%202009/IMG_6816.jpg

and across...

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b266/cjwinternet/02/Aylesbury%20Odeon%20April%202009/IMG_6814.jpg

and the projectors for the main screen...

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b266/cjwinternet/02/Aylesbury%20Odeon%20April%202009/IMG_6817.jpg

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b266/cjwinternet/02/Aylesbury%20Odeon%20April%202009/IMG_6818.jpg

Cheers.