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Report - The Odeon Cinema - Colchester - June 2011



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I was last in this Odeon way back in 2006. Back then I remember it as being stripped, dark and generally 'shit'.. However considering the epic we have uncovered in much less promising cinemas since then i decided it was about time i got back in there and find what i had inevitably missed or ignored!

First visited with Dweeb, we uncovered a whole host of interesting bits and to be fair upon seeing it again i realised the auditorium isn't too bad on its own.

Back again recently with MAG, the daylight did a lot to subdue the pigeon infestation and made for much better photos.

cinema treasures said:
Opened in February 1931; originally with an atmospheric interior and seating 1,446. The designs by architect Cecil Masey also featured a cafe, a Wurlitzer organ and full stage facilities. Renamed Odeon in 1961. Tripled in 1974, with Screen 1 the original circle, and screens 2 and 3 in the original stalls area.

The old dressing rooms were used as a base for Hospital Radio Colchester from 1975 to 1990.

Three additional screens were later added, bringing the total to six.

The cinema closed on Sunday, October 13, 2002 when Odeon relocated to a new purpose built 8-screen multiplex nearby in Head Street.

The old building is currently derelict, although plans have been submitted to turn it into a nightclub.
Defiantly worth another look.

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