Odeon Technical


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Part of the show! George Buckley was an important member of the Odeon’s staff during the heyday of cinema in the 1940’s. Thousands of Chester people would have watched films that George projected.



Chief Hall & Gordon

Above~ This 1940s picture features chief projectionist Ernest Hall with Gordon Potter, who became chief in 1968.  

Below~ Gordon is pictured standing in the same spot next to the Cinemation console 1971

Gordon Potter operation the Cinemation console odeon projection room 1971.CR

Above~ May 1971 Gordon Potter at the Cinemation console & at the side of the Cinemeccanica Victoria 8 projector.


BTH SUPA projectors seen here at the Odeon Chester. These were taken out in 1962 when Kalee 21s were installed.

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Chief projectionist, Ernest Hall, was the Odeon’s first chief projectionist. He maintained a staff of five/six projectionists. During the war years and after, his wife worked with him in projection and can be seen in this photograph. 2nd left is Tom Meacock. Ernest Hall, dressed in a smart suit, is standing next to Gordon Potter, who took over as chief projectionist in 1968 when Ernest Hall retired early in 1968 due to poor health. The projectionist with his back to the camera is George Buckley.



Past Chester Odeon projectionists~






Gordon Potter



The late Malcolm Leech held the position as 3rd operator in the 1960s. He met and married his wife Sylvia who also worked at the Odeon Chester. They emigrated to Australia in the same decade. Sadly Sylvia, who returned to the UK with her family, passed away in 2019.  With thanks to their son, Neo Anderson, for sending in this photograph of his father.



Eddie Rowlands was a projectionist who could boast working at the three remaining cinemas in Chester during the 1960s/70s.  Starting in the projection room at the Classic on Foregate Street. He moved to the 2000 seat ABC cinema in the mid 1960s, working as a projectionist in this much larger cinema which regularly presented pop concerts.  Eddie was one of the two spotlight operators on these shows.


He transferred to the much busier Odeon cinema, on Northgate Street in 1973. It was during this time that the Odeon was transformed into a 3 screen venue. Shortly after the Odeon Film Centre opened Eddie decided to leave the cinema and pursue a career in entertainment on the other-side of the footlights.  He now lives in Teignmouth, Devon.




Transferring from the Odeon Liverpool to Chester’s Odeon in 1977 was Senior Projectionist..Stephen Wynstanley. He was a very popular member of the team & stayed at the Odeon for several years before advancing as an electrical engineer.


Senior Projectionist~ The late Malcolm Leech

Senior Projectionist~ Sidney Brown

Senior Projectionist~ Stephen Wynstanley

Senior Projectionist~ Mark Jenkins

Senior Projectionist~ Simon Kelsey

Projectionist ~ The late Mervyn Howell Projectionist — later chief projectionist at Odeon Wrexham.

Projectionist ~ Tom Meacock.

Projectionist ~ George Buckley

Projectionist ~ Robert (Bob) James Stead

Projectionist ~ Ray Davies

Projectionist ~ Doug Wilcox

Projectionist~ Terry Gregory

Projectionist ~ Mark Lees

Projectionist~ Lee McClounnan

Projectionist~ Malcolm Oldfield

Projectionist ~ Bob Lee

Projectionist ~ Michael Smith

Projectionist~ Terry Underhill

Projectionist~ David Thomas

Projectionist~ Nick Jones

Projectionist~ Karl Morris

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