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Filename: BB87_03702.jpg

Size: 3675 x 5130 (3.6MB)

Date: 2nd November 1937

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

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Odeon Cinema BB87_03702

ODEON CINEMA, Leicester Square, London. A view of the cinema at night. 1937. John Maltby

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Media ID 440901

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Atmospheric Cinema Film Lamp Post Night Urban


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> Architecture > Cinemas > John Maltby Collection

> Architecture > Cinemas

> Architecture > Modern Architecture > Modern Movement

> Historic Images > Historic Images 1920s to 1940s > Photos from the 1930s

> Historic Images > Historic Images 1920s to 1940s

> The way we were > Leisure > Entertainment


EDITORS COMMENTS
In the heart of London's bustling Leicester Square, the Odeon Cinema stands proudly, bathed in the soft glow of the night. John Maltby's captivating photograph, BB87_03702, transports us back in time to 1937, when the cinema was a beacon of urban entertainment. The atmospheric scene is set by the dimly lit lamp post, casting long shadows on the pavement as it illuminates the cinema's iconic art deco fa├žade. The cinema's marquee, adorned with the latest film titles, beckons to passersby, inviting them to step inside and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The reflection of the cinema's neon signs in the puddles on the ground adds an extra layer of depth and intrigue to the image. The night sky, dotted with stars, serves as a breathtaking backdrop to the urban scene. The gentle hum of traffic in the background adds to the sense of tranquility, creating a moment of stillness amidst the chaos of the city. The Odeon Cinema was more than just a place to watch movies; it was a symbol of community and culture. This photograph captures the essence of a bygone era, when going to the cinema was a cherished pastime and a night out on the town. The image is a testament to the power of cinema to transport us to new worlds and provide a much-needed escape from reality. John Maltby's masterful composition and use of light and shadow create a timeless image that continues to captivate and inspire us today. BB87_03702 is not only a beautiful work of art but also a valuable historical document, reminding us of the rich cultural heritage of London's cinematic history.

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