Odean Cinama, Pyle Street-Town Lane Newport

Savoy cinema, Town Lane Newport Copyright Cinema Treasures. odean-1 Maltby Interior of Odean Cinema 1936 __Maltby

I have come across these old pictures of the Odean/Savoy cinema that stood for almost 50 years on the corner of Pyle Street and Town Lane, Newport, one tends to forget its existence.

It was originally opened by the Rank Organisation in October 1936 and had over 1200 seats and remained part of their group until being taken over by Isle of Wight Theaters in January 1961 and

renamed the Savoy.

It again changed hands again in 1969 when ownership passed to the Star Group [Associated Holdings of Leeds] and remained part of the group until finally closing in 1982.

The cinema was demolished in 1984. The next information I have is of he site being developed around 2000 with a large retail shop at the ground floor and flats above [Savoy Court].

Dabells who previously had a shop in the High Street where the British Home Stores currently trades. They moved into the Pyle Street premises and open a store selling carpets and furniture etc.,

with the retirement of the owner Mr Edwards the shop closed in 2012.

Note-; Dabells purchased Fowler at the top of Ryde High Street selling cloth and dresses, the building was later sold to the Wetherspoon group  who are the current tenants

The Pyle Street store reopened in 2015  trading as Solent Beds,  again selling the same type of products as Dabells.