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    Default Aylesbury Odeon 20th April 2009- More photos, visited again


    This cinema, was originally opened on the 21st June 1937, with Shurley Temple in "Dimples". The cinema is an original Oscar Deutsch cinema, and was originally a 1 screen Cinema. Inside the Foyer, there were troughs across the ceiling which contained concealed lighting. Seating provided for 954 in the stalls and 497 in the circle.

    The cinema was tripled during a 1973 Overhaul, it reopened with "The Sward in the Stone" on the 26th August 1973. The Cinema was completley revamped in June 1984.

    The Cinema Finally closed on October the 30th 1999 (We even took an old ticket as a souviner from the last ever night!).

    The New multiplex opened on the 16th December 1999 as an ABC Superplex, which changed to ODEON in Februrary 2000 (and took me on as a staff member in May 2008- Present!)

    Photos Courtesy of english-heritage.org




    ODEON pictured in 1937, prior to having its "fins" cut down to size in the 70s.




    ODEON pictured in 2005, photo courtesy of Merciacinema.org

    I Have wanted to do this place for quite a while. So yesterday evening (20th April), me and my mate Joe decided to give it a shot. I packed my camera, a first aid kit just incase, a 1,000,000 candle powered torch, a small backup torch, a hi-viz jacket, and we were on our way.



    Unfortunatley some of the pictures arne't great, but it was great to go back in! Its changed a lot since the first pictures, for one, box office has moved..



























    Yes I have gone over a little bit, with 13 of my own Photos. I am also going to upload Joes photos, he had aid of a flash on his camera, where I was just using a torch. I will upload his, when this thread has a few replys. Hope you enjoy my report.
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    Good work! Very interesting.

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    Nice, were the projectors still there?
    Good photos too. :)

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    Here are Joes Photos:




    The old letters off the front


    My fat arse inspecting the roof







    and a few more of mine:













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    Cool stuff, I really want to do another cinema and this looks good

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    Returned today, Just a few more pics! I got in, after I was seen by like 10 people, struggling to get my fat arse over a fence....


    Meeting room








    Ghastly carpet


    Fire Damage


    Kids Club 90s style






    Staff check seat


    A few things in the managers office










    Bar






    Battery Room











    Upstairs FULL of pigeon shit!
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    Nice, love those projectors!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Landie_Man View Post
    Returned today, Just a few more pics! I got in, after I was seen by like 10 people, struggling to get my fat arse over a fence....


    Meeting room








    Ghastly carpet


    Fire Damage


    Kids Club 90s style






    Staff check seat


    A few things in the managers office










    Bar






    Battery Room











    Upstairs FULL of pigeon shit!
    pigeon shit, the bane of all derelict cinemas !!!!
    I think the owners of these buildings purposely leave all the upstairs windows and doors wide open to let the rats of the sky shit and nest everywhere within.
    this practice puts off people from re using such buildings to a degree, as generally speaking once an old art deco cinema closes down the owners want it to go down hill as fast as possible so as to get the building demolished and redeveloped.:(

    THE ODEON

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    It's owned by sainsburys. It's had many fires and break ins over the years. Sainsburys keep trying to knock it down, but it's listed. I actually recognized some names in projection, as some staff from here work at the odeon across town, where I work.

    Apparently on the last day, the old odeon was leaking, pools of water on the floor, mould growing etc.

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    Ahh, that brings back memories, used to be my favourite toy in Odeon Newcastle as a kid - would spend ages seeing how fast I could get the reel spinning

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