Odeon Doncaster

12 Hall Gate,
Doncaster, DN1 3LU

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Previously operated by: Rank Organisation

Architects: William Arthur Kellett

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Ritz Super Cinema

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Odeon Doncaster

The Ritz Super Cinema opened on 26th November 1934 with Carl Brisson and Victor McLaglen in “Murder at the Vanities” & Randolph Scott in “The Last Round-Up”. It was built as an independently operated cinema and had the extra facilities of a restaurant and ballroom. It had a rather narrow street presence on Hall Gate and entrance to the cinema auditorium was via a long passage. The facade was clad in Vitrolite glass panels in yellow, green & black. The proscenium opening was 34 feet wide with a stage 36 feet deep, there were nine dressing rooms.

From 2nd April 1955 it was taken over by the Rank Organisation and closed for a month for alterations to be carried out. These entailed a new facade to the cinema, new seats and a CinemaScope screen being fitted as well as improvements to the ventilation system. It re-opened on 24th May 1955 as the Odeon with Bing Crosby in "The Country Girl".

The Odeon was further modernised in 1969, but after the Gaumont had been tripled in 1973, it closed on 7th July 1973. The auditorium was demolished for a car park, while the narrow frontage remained for several more years looking increasingly shabby. It too has since been demolished and the entire site is used for car parking.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 19, 2007 at 3:55 am

The front entrance of the Odeon as photographed in December 1970:
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mike2001 on July 3, 2009 at 11:16 am

My Grandfather worked here in the late 1960’s.
I saw a number of Bond movies here including,“ You only live twice,”

yorksdave on July 8, 2016 at 7:30 am

The whole site included the shopping arcade that led to the cinema entrance is now an NCP Car Park

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