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#1 Trousercowboy

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 09:27 PM

I'd been after this old gal for ages, she'd been tightly sealed up since the cinema closed in Summer 2006, forlornly waiting for her future to be decided. After several fails, and one partial success I finally persuaded the new owners, after much persistence, to let me have a poke about

Built in 1937 as part of Oscar Deutsch's Odeon Theatres Ltd (his motto, "Oscar Deutsch Entertains Our Nation") the cinema has the deliciously art deco stylings the Odeons are famed for. It was designed by Robert Bullivant, of Harry Weedon's firm of architects and completed at a cost of £60,000.

Originally the cinema had seating for 1484 people, 934 in the stalls and 550 in the balcony. As cinema audiences dwindled The Odeon was divided into a triple screen affair in 1972, with 2 smaller screens, each seating 111, built into the rear stalls area of the main cinema. Screen 1, as it became, lost its balcony effect and this layout remains today.

The Odeon group closed the cinema in 2006, despite good audiences and lots of local protest. Fortunately the Reel Cinema group, having bought the building after it closed, have refurbished the cinema and it is now up and running again.

The building was given Grade II listing in 1981 and as part of this the original signage has to be retained. Good call!

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The main auditorium

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The smaller screens were in the process of having the chairs removed for cleaning

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And finally in a dingy backroom...

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#2 Pixie

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 09:31 PM

THAT is frikken ace, what a lovely find !!!
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#3 Sinnerman

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 09:31 PM

very nice is it still about
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#4 ceejam

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 09:36 PM

That looks fantastic, :thumbsup:
I can see why you were so determined to see it,
It must have been huge before it was split into smaller auditoriums. :o
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Posted 07 February 2011 - 09:47 PM

Very nice report, Mr Cowboy :thumbsup:

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 06:39 PM

My first post! I know this cinema well and have chewed popcorn many times within. I was really sad when it closed. Good to see it has been looked after and had investment. I always find closed down cinema's particularly tragic.

#7 Mex

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 06:56 PM

Love it mate, not seen it before either have you posted it before? Shame someone nicked the best half of the Emanuel poster lol

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#8 Wherever I may Roam

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 07:04 PM

Thats very nice that you bastard.. :lol: :whistle:

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#9 MattDonut

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 07:07 PM

stunning report !!
love the film shot

#10 Trousercowboy

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 07:31 PM

Cheers peeps :thumbsup:

Love it mate, not seen it before either have you posted it before? Shame someone nicked the best half of the Emanuel poster lol


Yep it was in NP mate

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