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Report - Preston Odeon - July 2011.

Ojay

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Preston Odeon

Formerly - New Victoria / Gaumont / Odeon / Top Rank


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Shouts to Scrappy on this one


Opening on the 17th September 1928 it had a capacity of over 2,000 in the traditional circle and Stalls format

The building also contained a restaurant and a spacious entrance hall with an impressive dome measuring nearly 22ft which was surmounted by a small glass skylight with a chandelier suspended from it

There was a much larger dome in the auditorium which had a system of sliding shutters that allowed daylight in

Above the dome, on the roof is the projection room complete with rewinding room, staff room, Chief’s office and follow-spot ports

By 1962 the cinema was renamed Odeon and in 1970 the old restaurant was converted to a second screen (Odeon 2)

The ballroom remained the same but became a discoteque called Clouds

The former picture palace has been closed since 1992 but action group, The New Vic, are aiming to purchase, refurbish and restore the site as part of Preston’s heritage



I originally went for a recce with The Lone Ranger a few months back, we had no chance as it was far too busy

Welcome to stupid O'Clock, a time when I'm normally rolling in from stuff rather than heading out...


Front Entrance

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Auditorium 1928

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Odeon 1 - Present Day

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Stage

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Projector Room

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Mooching

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Stairwell

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Original Ceiling

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Odeon 2

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Staff Area

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Rectifiers

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Follow Spot Ports - Looking Down

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Above Old Auditorium

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Original Dome 1928

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..And now

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Original Projector Ports

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Streets

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On Your ChimneyZ ;)

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