Odeon Publicity

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Ann Huxley



Meet Ann Huxley, a member of Chester Odeon’s Boys & Girls Club in the 1950s. She is pictured with her dog in conjunction with a promotion for “LASSIE”.  With thanks to her daughter, Ann Reynolds for sending this picture.



ODEON 1984 promotion for Disney’s SPLASH

A 1984 publicity stunt for the Daryl Hannah/Tom Hanks film “Splash” that caused uproar when it went spectacularly wrong!
The mermaids-Amanda Davies & Julie Davies- on Chester’s River Dee weir. Moments after this picture was taken a tidal surge stranded the girls who were rescued by passing canoeists (leaving the Odeon cinema manager- Allan Rosser & Peter Davies to vend for themselves). It gained massive publicity, with front page coverage on all local, regional, and some national newspapers. (Photo Mel Grundy Associates).




Staff members~ Christmas past at the Odeon Chester c 1950’s


R Hood promom





Chester Odeon was always finding ways into the pages of not only local newspapers, but often into regional and national press. The staff seldom needed asking twice to take part, bringing their children along to join in the fun







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On December the 17th 1939 famous London stars took to the stage of the Regal.Proceeds were used to provide Christmas gifts and comforts for men of the National Defence Corps, serving in the area. A Lea Seidl, a celebrated singer of the White Horse Inn fame topped the bill. During WW2 cinemas and theatres up and down the UK did their bit for the war effort.

There were many charity concerts staged, with some of the big stars of the day. In Chester several Sunday concerts were held. In 1940 the famous comedian Robb Wilton appeared at the ABC Regal cinema. This was in aid of the British Red Cross Society and the St John Ambulance Brigade Joint War Organisation.

On March the 3rd 1940, the Regal played host to stars of the day Tessie O’Shea and Jack Train. Proceeds went to the Cheshire Regiment and R.A.SC Comforts Fund. There was a turn by two Chester boys a Richard Bullock and Jimmy Parry. In 1941 the Western Command Army Entertainments Officer organised what was called a super concert at the Chester Odeon. This took place on Sunday the 9th March. It was referred to as one of “The Good Neighbour” efforts organised by the Western Command, which was in Queens Park. The profits from the show were devoted to the Stage and Variety Artistes’ charitable institutions.The show was a thank you from the army for the splendid work that was done for the troops by the theatrical profession. A first class programme was arranged and on the bill were radio favourites Elsie and Doris Waters, known as Gert and Daisy.

Jack McCormick and his broadcasting band appeared at the Gaumont on January the 21St 1940. A Mr Harold Thiems played the Compton organ. The Gaumont staged a concert on Sunday the 26th January 1941 in aid of soldiers, sailors and Air Force Dependents Association of the local committee, for which Lady Gordon Finlayson was president. The principle item on the programme was Wee Georgie Wood, a comedian. He related his days as a Music Hall star. The programmes was opened by a military band.

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Cinema cashier, Betty Langton, is photographed in the circle lounge , surrounded by the local football team, as she launches the annual Cheshire Observer & Odeon Toy Appeal.