Thursday, 27 December 2007

It ain't what it used to be...


A little nostalgia for you, courtesy of English Heritage, with this wonderful shot of the ornate interior of the Worcester Park Odeon.

You can find the large version of this picture, and a shot of the exterior here - sadly, English Heritage's ' major online resource' of historic photographs boasts only two photos of Worcester Park, and three for New Malden - so some work still to go on that collection then.

After the Worcester Park Odeon closed, it lived out the rest of its days as a Gateway supermarket, only to be demolished in 1998 to make way for Pizza Express. Mind you, a lucky escape compared to its sister cinema in New Malden, which is now the site of McDonalds.

If you're in the mood for more old shots of Worcester Park, you can find plenty at Francis Frith and some old curiosities courtesy of Viewimage

5 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Jennifer said...

Those images are something else! Thanks for that :)

Stephan said...

Just looked at those photo's but I can't see any charity shops. Are you sure it's Worcester Park? ;)

Robin said...

When it closed it actually became a Macfisheries supermarket, which was considerably upmarket compared with Gateway!

Anonymous said...

in the sixties late it was always closed

The Pipeys said...

The Pipeys spent many pounds (pennies) at this cinema, early sitting cos it was cheaper, 213 from Plough Green to top for cinema, good old days.61years ago, gosh don't time fly.

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