Title ID 11803Collection ID1502
TitleGuildford Run; Guildford Odeon
CollectionStingemore Family
Genre/TypeAmateurLocal TopicalNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
ThemeEarly film in the South East
KeywordsBuildings Cars Children Everyday Life Entertainment Leisure Time Activities Men Motor Vehicles Shopping Women
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionAlan Stingemore
CameraAlan Stingemore
FormatSuper 8mm Colour Sound
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details.


A short film showing a fun run in Guildford town centre, followed by an exterior view of the Odeon cinema, Guildford.


This short film opens with a view of Guildford's Guild Hall with its famous 300 year old clock. In the street below we see the actor John Hewer - otherwise known as 'Captain Birdseye' - taking time off from promoting fish fingers to appear at a fun run that is coursing through the town. We next see the exterior of the Odeon cinema, which is screening Lethal Weapon and Batman. Runners are seen crossing a road before we return to the Odeon where customers are waiting for the doors to open.


A colour still image taken from TID 11803, showing a close up image of the actor John Hewer dressed in a naval uniform as his character 'Captain Birdseye' from the fish finger advert. John Hewer is holding a microphone and is smiling at the camera.

Contextual information

Guildford's original Odeon was designed by Andrew Mather and J. Raworth Hill, as a complex containing shops, offices and the 1600 seat cinema. It opened in May 1935 with a screening of 'Brewster's Millions' starring Jack Buchanan. The Odeon name was set into the white stone which formed a frieze at the top of the building’s tall facade. However, the use of neon lighting was not allowed by the town council. In 1973 the cinema was converted into three and later four screens as was common practise at the time. The arrival of an eight screen Odeon multiplex in 1996 sounded the death knell for the former cinema and in 2002 it was demolished. A block of shops and flats now stands on the site.