Clarence Place,Newport, NP19 7AB
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According to the website the cinema has not yet reopened.
This Cinema was not built for Odeon Theatre Ltd., which was purely a Management company .. It was the Odeon Theatre (Newport)Ltd., and had 50 Shareholders With Oscar and Lilly having 100 shares each.. As was all built Odeons ..
Two photos of the Odeon in 1989 here:–
the web address above is wrong my website is www.walesvintage cinema.com its a work in progress and I am hoping to add to it on a regular basis.
I do find it quite strange that Chris Plaister hasnt posted anything on here himself regarding his project in the former Odeon you would think it an ideal place to advertise for voluonteers. this site is 100% patronised by cinema enthusiasts. If he hasnt told anyone how can he expect anyone to help.
I can only agree with you in what Chris has done with the former Odeon in Newport to establish a permanent home for his cinema memerabilla and projection equipment. The building itself is a classic art-decor Odeon design of the mid 1930s the exterior totally unchanged and now thankfully listed as a classic example of Odeon cinema design, He does indeed need the support and encouragement of every user of cinematreasures to maintain this building and improve it as a living museum of film and projection equipment.
the exterior of the old Odeon in Newport is still looks in remarkably good condition. all of the original tiles are still in place. It also still has its original canopy .the roof was leaking last time i was in there primarily in the derelict projection room and I think this would be quite expensive to rectify.
I love this old cinema. As I have said before its a miracle its still standing as it hasnt been used as a cinema since 1981, which will be 30 years next year.
This cinema operated as a one screen cinema until its decline in the late 70s, as the auditorium was never sub divided.
Please visit my website www.walesvintagecinemas.com
the “Newport City Church” has now vacated the building. Probably due to high running costs and an ever increasing list of repairs that needed doing.
i would very much like to know further information on this buildings lease, who holds it the prices. i would also hate to see this building get demolished or turned into more flats. i am fed of the council building flat after flat. i would like to use this building for an enjoying place for the community. somthing more for the people.
A 1971 exterior photograph of the Odeon, Newport here:
The Former Odeon was used for many years as a snooker hall on the ground floor, the balcany, main foyer and circle lounge area remained disused and derelict.
The building was purchased by a local business man in 2003 who has transformed the former cinema at a cost of over a Â£1m into a music and concert venue known as The Newport City Live Arena.
The building has now been totally refurbished, and now houses a large screen for live sports events, and has become a successful multi-purpose venue for live events.
The exterior of the building is grade II listed, thankfully preserving its classic Art Deco style.