Why the Odeon is the Odeon.


You will probably look heavenward at this (or not really care) but the penny just dropped with me about a word I’ve never really given a great deal of thought about, in terms of its etymology.

The Odeon (cinema chain) is a shortening of Nickelodeon.  Where, I assume, in the early days of cinema it cost a nickel to see a movie.

But an Odeon is also a Greek amphitheatre of entertainment (a singing place) in ancient Greece.  A nickel to visit a singing place.  With the nickel now dropped.

So there you are.

Who’d have thought.

(Cineworld, Vue, The Filmhouse and Picturehouse are rather more straightforward.)