It is with great sadness that I deliver a report on the demolition of the iconic and much loved Odeon cinema in Cheltenham. As a Cheltonian born and bred, I was lucky enough to have visited the Odeon on numerous occasion, especially during my childhood in the 1970's.
The cinema originally opened as The Gaumont Palace Theatre in 1933, it became The Gaumont in 1937. The iconic dancing figures on the facade of the building were designed by renowned sculptor Newbury Abbot Trent.
The cinema became The Odeon in 1962, and played host to the likes of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The Odeon finally closed on the 5th November 2006.
Demolition of The Odeon began in September 2014 and was completed this month.
Acknowledgements; P.Jillings for additional photography, the use of computer equipment, and many other things
And the anonymous person who made one discreet cut in the mesh netting. It made photography a hell of a lot easier!
The Odeon in 1999
The exquisite frieze, in my opinion it is an important work of art, and should remain in Cheltenham.
Before demolition of the exterior began, the friezes were removed, as this photo taken on the 8th October reveals.
This rather impressive relic is all that remained of The Odeon on the 11th October. An ironic symbol of the disregard for industry and heritage, that we have in this country.