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Headrow, Odeon Cinema


Headrow, Odeon Cinema
Description:
14th March 1946. The Odeon Cinema with a clear view of the neon canopy, promoting the films 'The House on Ninety Second Street' and 'Sun Valley Serenade'. There is a clear view of the doorway and a young cleaning lady with a mop in her hand. People are passing by and a lady is window shopping at J.H. Awmack's display of pans. The cinema opened in 1932 as the Paramount and became the Odeon in 1940.

User Comments:

Name:
Ray D

Comment:
One of the attractions of going to the 'town' pictures was the organ which played sing-along tunes of the day. The Odeon had a Wurlitzer organ and was for many years played by Henry Crousden. The Ritz in Vicar Lane also had an organ. The recital lasted about 20 minutes and was usually in the interval between the supporting and 'big' picture.

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Name:
ray d

Comment:
The sign above the canopy Polling - Freedom Sunday. Probably refers to the opening of cinemas on Sundays. At this time apart from pubs and clubs (working mens rather than night) opening for very restricted periods, there was no other entertainment. Only shops of Jewish ownership opened on Sundays.

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Name:
Rob

Comment:
The Wurlitzer organ was removed in 1968 when the cinema was converted into a "twin" film centre. It can still be heard at Thursford museum in Norfolk where it is played regularly and records released. The Compton organ in the ABC Ritz was removed about the same time and is now in a private house in Leicestershire.

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Name:
F Jones

Comment:
I remember going to the Odeon when it was the Paramount around 1935 and I am sure they showed films continuously all day - the catchword was "This is where I came in " - and they also had short stage acts in between films. Memory could serve me wrong but I dont think so.

Date:
21-Aug-2010

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Name:
Mike Peacock

Comment:
I saw the Rolling Stones, Yardbirs, Ike and Tina Turner here. Also on the bill were Peter Jay and the Blue Jays. Don't recall the year. Late 60's I would think. Great Concert.

Date:
23-Oct-2011

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mikepxleeds@earthlink.net

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Name:
George Clark

Comment:
This photo brings me back to my youth when my wife and I went on our first date to see Bill Haley & The Comets on 14 February either 1956 or 57. at the time I worked for T.P. Mallories in Lands Lane, Leeds

Date:
18-Aug-2012

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geosyl.clark@btinternet.com

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Name:
joyce Lee

Comment:
I have many happy memories of the concerts we. saw in the 60's. My first was Bobby Vee and he came on wearing a cardigan but we liked him just the same. We also saw The Four Tops on another occasion and their singing and dancing was mesmerising I was completely hooked on Soul Music and still am,. Then came the Brits, the Groups O My we saw them all here all the Epstein artist's including the Beatles. My sister has a Yorkshire Post photo of her and I watching the Beatles on stage with mayhem all around us. You could not hear a thing. After the show the crowds outside were massive shouting we want the Beatles, they were packed from one side of the road to the other. We were up against the Bridal House window and when the Beatles came out through a window onto the canopy to wave and jump about, the surge was such that the window cracked and fell into the display along with one or two people. Unbelievable but true.... was any one else there at that time ?. We saw The Hollies many times as they were our favourites, and we would wait outside the stage door to chat with them . Lovely happy days our poor Dad used to sit and wait in his Ford Pop to take us all home bless him.

Date:
18-Sep-2013

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Name:
janet

Comment:
I went to a couple of concerts at the Odeon when I was about 14 yrs old, I saw Jimi Hendrix,Cat Stevens.Dave Dee Dozy Mick and Titch,and The Walker Brothers-twice, I went with a young woman who worked with my mum at Freeman Hardy and Willis shoes in Briggate. It was about 1966,we could not hear a word that was sung do to the constant screaming of the fans!!!! My ears were ringing when we came out but I had a great time!!!!

Date:
11-Aug-2014

Email:
janet.b1952@yahoo.co_k

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Name:
Carole McCulloch (Atkinson)

Comment:
I saw the Beatles here in, I think, 1964. I remember the roads around, Briggate and the Headrow were jammed with girls trying to catch a glimpse of them. It really was Beatlemania. I also worked as an usher here in about 1966 during the summer holidays when I was in the sixth form. I was upstairs in the afternoons which was really quiet. I spent most of my time watching the films. In the interval I had to change my outfit and sell ice cream.

Date:
08-Apr-2016

Email:
caroletdf@aol.co.uk

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