The Hammersmith Odeon


 Many people I know, couldn’t imagine going to the cinema on their own. Same thing concerning travelling! That’s not the case, as far as I’m concerned. I have throughout my life done these things on my own and not found it tedious in any way. Whether this is part of my personality or just something I have become used to, I couldn’t tell.

 I have enjoyed going to the cinema and continued to enjoy it when I moved to London. The main destiny was, when living in Barnes, the Hammersmith Odeon. The Odeon is huge and functioned as a cinema but also saw the visit of world artists since inauguration in 1932. It is now known as “The Hammersmith Apollo”.

 At weekends I would go and see films at the Odeon. Some titles of the day, remain still today. A favourite was Steve McQueen and his “Thomas Crown Affair” and “Bullit” were seen there. “Candy”, “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid” and “Midnight Cowboy” I also remember from this time!

 Two concerts I saw there were those with The Beach Boys in May 1969 and Ray Charles in the same year. These were two fantastic concerts.

 The problem of going to the cinema alone was that I could attract the attention of men. One particular incident I remember was a man coming to sit next to me after an interval and spreading his coat too much over to my seat. As I was beginning to feel uncomfortable I felt a heavier weight on my leg. When I looked down his hand was resting on my leg. I got up and went (I might add) and sat on a place further back. Being 17 years old and doing things alone was not without risks.