Canterbury Odeon History – The Regal Cinema:
The prestigious history of Odeon Canterbury began on August 5th, 1933 when it was opened for public. The inauguration day of Canterbury Odeon Cinema was fortunate because Friars Theatre (Now Marlowe Theatre) was also opened on that very day in Canterbury, UK.
The Odeon Canterbury Cinema was erected by the County Cinemas Chain and opened by the name of ‘The Regal Cinema’. Initially, it could accommodate seating for 1,750 (stalls and circle area). It had Compton 9 Rank/3 Manual Organ, a café for patrons, and a ballroom to pass time.
Facts About Odeon Canterbury:
Did you know?
The Movie ‘Falling for You (1933)‘ was the opening film of Odeon Canterbury (The Regal Cinema)’
County Cinemas – Odeon Canterbury Cinema:
County Cinemas was one of the widely-recognized cinemas and quite similar to Odeon Cinemas and Odyssey Cinemas. The Regal Cinema (Odeon Canterbury) underwent constructional changes on April 4th, 1935 because hundreds of people started visiting the cinema, Odeon Canterbury.
In the light of prosperity, ABC (Associated British Cinemas) acquired ownership of the Regal Cinema on April 29th, 1935. After running for seven straight years, the Regal Cinema was closed for an indefinite time on October 31st, 1942.
Odeon Canterbury Facts:
Did you know?
The Regal Cinema was closed due to Kent bombings which destroyed ample portion of the Canterbury Cinema
Naming & Ownership Timeline of Odeon Canterbury:
- 1933 – The Regal Cinema was opened by County Cinemas
- 1935 – ABC took over the Regal Cinema
- 1942-43 – The Regal Cinema was closed due to bombings and reopened a year later
- 1963 – The Regal Cinema was renamed to ABC
- 1972 – Twinned with Cinema Bingo Operation & ABC Cinema reopened
- 1988 – ABC Cinema was renamed to Cannon Cinema (Canon Screen 2)
- 1988-89 – Cinema was renamed to MGM cinema
- 1989-90 – Odeon Canterbury came into being with 494 and 381 seats
Getting to and from Odeon Canterbury:
Locals of Canterbury can visit the Odeon Canterbury, Kent, UK by following public transport:
Travel to Odeon Canterbury by Bus/Coach – Odeon Cinema Canterbury is a few minutes away from Waitrose Bus Station CT1 1UQ, Ivy Lane Bus Station CT1 1AP, Waitrose Bus Station CT1 1XD
Travel to Odeon Canterbury by Taxi – One of the best, affordable, and safest ways to reach the Canterbury Cinema is by taxis in Canterbury. You can book a taxi to Odeon Canterbury with Canterbury Taxis & Private Hire as we provide taxis Canterbury 24/7.
Contact Details of Odeon Canterbury:
- Odeon Canterbury Address – 43-45 St George’s Subway, Canterbury, Kent, UK
- Odeon Canterbury Postcode – CT1 1UP
- Odeon Canterbury Phone Number – +44 333 014 4501
- Odeon Canterbury Opening Times – 10 AM until Midnight (timings are not confirmed)