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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