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The Alexandra Music Hall, Corner of Barrack Road and Alexandra Road, Aldershot

Later - The Odeon Cinema

Aldershot Theatres Index

The Alexandra Music Hall was built in 1870 and was equipped with a small stage and fly tower. The Music Hall was converted into a Cinema in 1914. Later owned by the Rank Organisation the Alexandra was later to be renamed as an Odeon Cinema. This should not be confused with the Odeon in the High Street Aldershot which was formerly the Empire, or the Odeon on the High Street next door to the Empire which was formerly the Ritz.

The Alexandra / Odeon was demolished in the 1960s.

Alan Chudley writes on the Alexandra Music Hall, Aldershot

This building, on the corner of Barrack Road and Alexandra Road was in 1914 rebuilt as a cinema which was demolished in the 1960's. There was a shallow fly tower but as far as I can determine the only use of the shallow stage was for mannequin shows. In my day it was an Odeon second release house.

Charlie Chaplin is though to have made his first stage appearance here. This is possible, his Mother also a mediocre variety performer, {profession name, Lily Harley,} appeared here circa 1894, and he may have appeared on stage with her, he would have certainly have been with her at that time, but, Charlie would have only been five years old then. Charlie made his professional debut at the age of nine as one of; "The Eight Lancashire Lads" at the Canterbury Theatre In Lambeth after having been given a trail at Gatti's Music Hall just across the road from the Canterbury. Charlie got the idea of the tramp by watching an old man feeding Oats and Barn to the Cabbies horses outside The Elephant & Castle Theatre not far away

This textual information was kindly sent in by Alan Chudley.

A visitor to the site has sent in the following: 'My father Albert James Underwood Brewer (Chief) was the chief projectionist at the Alexandra Cinema, Aldershot for many years. I attended the pictures every Friday night either 'in the box' or upstairs at the back next to or near the Usherette. He was also Treasurer of NATKE (later NATTKE) National Association of Theatrical and Kine Employees (later television was added) for many years' Peter Brewer.

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