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Odeon cinema, on the corner of South Street and Havana Close, in 1979.1   You can also see a view of the interior of the cinema at about the same time." ) ; ?>

The cinema was opened as the Havana on 29th January 1936.2   It became the Odeon in 1949.3

The cinema closed a few years ago when a new Odeon cinema opened in the Liberty 2 shopping centre.  After its closure it remained largely empty, except for a dance school and a temporary Laserquest venture.   However its owners, Rank, have now converted the huge building into two new night clubs, Time & Envy.3  Step forward in time to see this same view in January 2000.

1 Photograph kindly supplied by Ken Jarmin, who worked at the Odeon in 1979/80.
2 Romford, Gidea Park & Collier Row, plate 114
3 Romford Recorder, August 13, 1999, page 4.

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