Odeon Cinema - Nottingham - March 2011
Info shamelessly borrowed from cinematreasures.org
Originally opened as the Ritz Cinema in 1933, Built for and originally operated by the County Cinemas chain. The Ritz Cinema was fully equipped with a large stage, a Conacher 4Manual/22Rank theatre organ which was designed by organist Reginald Foort (who opened the instrument) and a large cafe/restaurant.
Odeon Cinemas gained a controlling interest in County Cinemas from 1935 and took full control in 1939, but the Ritz Cinema retained its name until 1944 when it was re-named Odeon.The Conacher organ was last used during the run of the Todd A.O. production of "South Pacific" and was removed from the theatre in 1964 and split up. The stage was used less often in later years, but did get a short term re-use in the early 1960's when pop groups such as The Beatles played in concerts to packed houses in the theatre.
The original auditorium was destroyed in 1964 when the Odeon became the first cinema in the United Kingdom to be split into a twin screen operation. The architectural firm Harry W. Weedon Partnership were responsible for the conversion, with Trevor Stone & Mavis Stone the interior design consultants. It re-opened on 12th July 1965 with two modern curtain walled auditoriums. The upper Odeon 1 in the former circle had 924 seats and was designed as a showcase for roadshow presentations the Odeon 2 screen in the former orchestra stalls level had 1,450 seats and played regular releases. Odeon 2 was further sub-divided in 1976 when it was made into 3 screens seating 500, 130 and 110. A new screen, Odeon 5 was fitted into a former basement reception room and had 101 seats. In 1988 another room in the basement was made into Odeon 6 which seated 90 persons. Sadly though it closed in 2001and plans to demolish the cinema and build student accommodation have now been submitted to Nottingham City Council.
Good wee explore, a bit different as the lad i explore with remembers coming here when it was open. The first time i have ever done any attempt at light painting - need to get out, practice & acquire better torch!
"The main facade on busy Angel Row was narrow and gave no indication to the size of the vast auditorium that lay behind it."
Unknown to me, he was drawing a light cock
Thanks for looking