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Odeon Theatres UK (Official)
Operated by: Odeon Theatres Ltd.
Previously operated by: Rank Organisation
Architects: W. Calder Robson, Harry W. Weedon
Firms: Harry W. Weedon Partnership
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Odeon Theatre
The Sutton Coldfield Odeon (re-named Empire Cinema in 2006) and Harrogate Odeon are the only two in this distinctive chain to share a near identical design (in Sutton Coldfield by architect Cecil Clavering of the Harry Weedon practice) opening in April and September 1936 resepctively. The Odeon Harrogate opened on 28th September 1936 with Gene Gerrard in “Where’s Sally”. Seating was provided for a total of 1,647; 1,049 in the stalls and 598 in the circle.
Quintessential ‘Odeon’ external design involving curved entrance, tall slender Art Deco fin, faience tiles and brick faced auditorium
The auditorium was streamlined with no direct lighting. It was sub-divided in August 1972 with screen 1 forming the former circle and the front stalls with seating for 532 and screen’s 2 & 3 formed under the circle with 108 seats each.
In 1989, the circle and front stalls were separated into 2 screens making 4 in total. It has since been modernised and the circle sub-divided giving the 5 screeens today which seat (in 2008); 298, 239, 102, 80 and 337.
The Odeon is a Grade II Listed building
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Another exterior picture taken April 2006, courtesy Xerones.
A web site that announce the project involved for refurbishment:
Photographed as a single screen in the 1960’s. The ‘Odeon’ sign on the left of the building has been removed:
A pre-rebrannding photo here:–
Just wanted to post a corrected to the main article above.
The Cinema has 5 screens, not 4.
2 Screens upstairs and 3 downstairs.
Screen 1: 298
Screen 2: 239
Screen 3: 100
Screen 4: 78
Screen 5: 333
A further series of exterior shots of the iconic Odeon design from October 2007 here:
Two 1978 vintage pictures here:–
Design is almost identical to the old Odeon building in Newport, S.Wales seen here:
currently being used as a church, give or take the positioning of a few windows & doors.
September 2011 photo
I’ve uploaded 2 photos, but first time they were out of focus,so I tried again, and had a better result, but I’m unable to erase the blurry ones. Is it possible to do so ?
Odeon Colwyn Bay was the same style