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Report - Towers Odeon, Hornchurch, Essex - January 2016

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by slayaaaa, Jan 25, 2016.

  1. slayaaaa

    slayaaaa 28DL Regular User
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    Towers

    So much Art Deco! 2016 is looking good so far, more of this pleaseeee.
    Loving everything here, it's such a compliment to 30's/40's cinema architecture. Spent a long time here having a laugh. I ate a whole pigeon here to stop it stealing my cans, long story...
    We ventured around and I didn't see all of it at all. Above, behind and below the stage, the lighting, more rooms upstairs in the projector room, the stairwells were nice, but forgot to find the light switch :S and so much more.
    Did a mad craw to get in and mashed up all my limbs, so so so worth it however. Gonna need to see some more cinemas in East London, Highams park dammit!
    Sorry the pictures aren't great as usual, enjoy regardless!

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    History

    Located in Hornchurch, Essex, today a district to the east of Greater London. Opened as the Towers Cinema on 3rd August 1935 screening the double bill programme, “The Phantom Light” starring Binnie Hale and “Vagabond Lady” starring Robert Young.

    It was built for and operated initially by the independent D.J. James Circuit and had interior decorations by Clark & Fenn. The Towers Cinema had a fully equipped stage and dressing rooms and a cafe/ballroom.

    By 1939 it had been taken over by another small independent circuit, Eastern Cinemas who in turn were taken over by Oscar Deutsch’s Odeon Theatres circuit in 1943. It was re-named Odeon from 26th June 1950.

    The Odeon closed on 6th October 1973 screening the James Bond movie “Live and Let Die” and was converted into a Top Rank Bingo Hall. It became a Mecca Bingo Club and the building was in excellent condition when it was closed on 1st November 2015. Reason for closure was the building had been purchased by Lidl supermarkets to be demolished and a new supermarket will be built on the site.​

    Contributed by KenRoe for Cinema Treasures: (http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/13777)

    Thankfully that last bit is out of date, the council have stepped in and stop Lidl's from committing such crime. It's in limbo at the moment and inevitably it'll sit like this for too long and fall into disrepair. I'll send an email to Wetherspoons and get them to buy it up, they always do a fantastic job on these. :D

    http://www.romfordrecorder.co.uk/ne...molition_halted_by_havering_council_1_4256733


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    Few dodgy pics to get a few of you visiting here. Lights all on! :D

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    RIP Projectors

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  2. Speed

    Speed Got Epic?
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    I'm sad for the lack of projectors. Damn good one tho. We didn't have time to go look so hopefully it stays doable.
     
  3. JemCymru

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    2 little ducks. quackety quack

    shit hot mate, nice one ;)
     
  4. crazyjonhere

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    Don't get weatherspoons to go near it they will wreck the place this place needs to be a live music styled venue it looks great for that
     
  5. WhoDaresWins

    WhoDaresWins Let's do this
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    I'm liking this a lot. Some great pics there mate.
     
  6. joe90

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    saturday morning pictures was here for me and my brother remember poring drinks down the iles and sliding down them stoped that when i hit my head on the side of a seat and was taken to hospital with five stitches in the side of my head and also sitting on the top row throwing the ice from my jubblee [like a ice lolliey pop] down the front row o what fun.
     
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    whats the access like mate?
     
  8. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    Judging by the photographs above, fairly accessible I'd say.

    Nice report Slayaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa That spiral staircase is cool :thumb
     
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  9. Neilandrewhall

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    Access is really bad scaled the whole site there's no access unless you've got 7 foot long arms
     
  10. karol_gb

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    Planning on visiting here Saturday my first ever place in the UK any tips!?!
     
  11. Speed

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    Look carefully and don't be too disspointed if you can't get in.
     
  12. Neilandrewhall

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    It's hard to get into make sure you do it at night and make sure you have a look out as on a busy main road,
     
  13. Mini nut

    Mini nut My local and favourite, gone.
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    Correct me if I`m wrong (please!) but didn`t this get torn down very recently?
     
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