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Report - Bradford Odeon, Feb 2011

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by rigsby, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. rigsby

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    The future looks uncertain for this place but it would be a terrible waste to pull it down. I think it has lots of potential for reuse with the building in overall good condition apart from the bad water leaks at the front of the building.
    There is a group dedicated to saving the odeon.
    http://www.bradfordodeonrescuegroup.co.uk/page1.php

    Opened on 22nd September 1930 as the New Victoria Cinema, it was built for and operated by Provincial Cinematograph Theatres(PCT) and Gaumont British Theatres chain.

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    Bradford Odeon like most cinemas, was originally built with just one screen it also had a full restaurant, a ballroom and a cafe.

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    Bradford Odeon had 3,318 seats in one large auditorium until the 60's. With the decline in cinema these massive spaces were attracting audiences of 50 people or less, so cinema owners like the Rank Organisation (owners of Odeon) decided to make better use of them by subdividing the original screen into smaller screens, usually by a process known as 'dropwalling', whereby the new screens would be created inside the existing auditorium using partition walling.

    The downside of this process was that all the original decorative features of the cinema tended to be covered up. The positive side to it was that it also tended to ensure that the decorative features were preserved, albeit hidden. Some cinemas, like the Odeon Leicester Square, were renovated 'properly' and, in the process, were stripped of all their original decoration permanently.

    The style was done in Italian Renaissance and the seating was split between stalls, mezzanine circle and balcony, the latter two were entirely different levels but the balcony did not overhang the circle.

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    An enormous dome dominated the ceiling with a frieze running around three sides of the auditorium just below the ceiling. The projection suite was located between the two upper tiers.

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    The stage was well used by companies such as the major touring Ice Spectaculars, the Royal Festival Ballet and pop stars from The Beatles to Buddy Holly.

    It was renamed Gaumont in 1950 but closed for alterations 30 November 1968. The circles were amalgamated into one level and split front to back to form two new cinemas seating 467 in Odeon 1 and 1,207 in Odeon 2. The stalls became a separate 2,000 seat bingo hall. The stage remained intact but was never used again. The new complex re-opened 21 August 1969 and the name changed to Odeon after the closure of the original Odeon (closed and demolished immediately after closure). Later in 1987 the former ballroom was converted into the 244 seat Odeon 3. The magnificent original decoration was no longer visible in the auditorium areas and the resulting cinemas were comfortable but extremely bland.

    The bingo operation was the first to close and the ground floor was boarded up. In 2000, a new 13-screen Odeon multiplex was constructed out of the town centre on the edge of Bradford and Pudsey, and the 3-screen Odeon closed on 2nd July 2000.


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    #1 rigsby, Feb 28, 2011
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