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London Odeon Webcam - Live Cinema view Leicester Square

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The Odeon Leicester Square is a cinema which occupies the centre of the eastern side of Leicester Square, London, dominating the square with its huge black polished granite facade and 120 feet (37 m) high tower displaying its name. Blue neon outlines the exterior of the building at night. It was built to be the flagship of Oscar Deutsch's Odeon Cinema Circuit and still holds that position today. It hosts numerous European and World film premieres including the annual Royal Film Performance.

The Odeon was built in 1937 on the site of the Alhambra Theatre, a large music hall dating from the 1850s.

Until 1967, the interior was a magnificent art-deco auditorium, with a ribbed ceiling, concealing stripped lighting. Two bas relief sculpture of naked nymphs were positioned on the side walls, as if leaping towards the screen. All the seats were covered in a faux-leopard skin material. A rather misguided modernisation in 1967 destroyed much of this grandeur, although since the 1980s, restoration programmes have restored much of this detail, including the figures, seating pattern and much of the ribbed effect on the ceiling.

The first wide-screen ever installed in Great Britain was fitted in 1953, with the British debut of Cinemascope following soon after with the quasi-biblical epic, The Robe. The theatre's Chief Engineer, Nigel Wolland, was awarded an MBE for services to the film industry in 2007.

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