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Odeon cinemas 2 : from J. Arthur Rank to the multiplex

Author: Allen Eyles
Publisher: London : Cinema Theatre Association ; London : Distributed by BFI Publishing, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the second of two volumes documenting the history of Britain's most celebrated group of cinemas, the Odeon circuit, Allen Eyles explores the period from 1942, when J. Arthur Rank took control following the death of circuit founder Oscar Deutsch, to 2000 when it was sold by the Rank company. Chapters consider the merging of the Odeon and Gaumont chains, the financial crisis when Odeon money was invested in
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Eyles, Allen.
Odeon cinemas 2.
London : Cinema Theatre Association ; London : Distributed by BFI Publishing, 2005
(OCoLC)647248557
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Allen Eyles
ISBN: 1844570487 9781844570485
OCLC Number: 56659994
Description: 256 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 20 x 22 cm
Contents: Enter J. Arthur (1941-1945) --
After the war (1945-1953) --
The wide screen era (1953-1959) --
One main circuit (1959-1964) --
Twins and triples (1965-1975) --
Reaching the nadir (1976-1984) --
The age of the multiplex (1985-2000) --
Odeons in colour --
The sale and afterwards --
The Odeon release (1942-1979) --
An A to Z of Odeon cinemas.
Responsibility: Allen Eyles.

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"In the second of two volumes documenting the history of Britain's most celebrated group of cinemas, the Odeon circuit, Allen Eyles explores the period from 1942, when J. Arthur Rank took control following the death of circuit founder Oscar Deutsch, to 2000 when it was sold by the Rank company. Chapters consider the merging of the Odeon and Gaumont chains, the financial crisis when Odeon money was invested in production, the slimming of the circuit as admissions fell, the twinning and tripling of cinemas, the further subdivision and Odeon's multiplex cinemas."

"Illustrated with exterior and interior photographs of Odeon cinemas (including a 12 page section in full colour) plus samples of advertising and other materials, this book brings together for the first time a detailed history of Odeon policy and practices in the Rank years. It includes a detailed gazetteer of every British cinema owned and operated by Odeon and a list of every Odeon general release programme from 1942 to 1979"--Jacket.

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