Closure of former Gaumont Palace, Cheltenham, UK
CHELTENHAM, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, UK — The former Gaumont Palace cinema, latterly the Odeon Cheltenham, closed down permanently on 5th November 2006.
The cinema opened in 1933 and had a long history of live music performances as well as film. In the 1970’s, as with most Odeons, the single auditorium was triplexed and subsequently awkwardly sub-divided still further into seven screens.
Despite this, it struggled to remain competitive and, in the wake of the opening of the nearby Cineworld multiplex, staff were given just thirty days to revive its fortunes or face closure.
The messy subdivision, its prime location, and the fact that it has lost most of its original architectural features, including the “fin” on the front elevation and all interior decor, must surely place the building itself in some jeopardy at this point.
In 2005, this cinema hit the regional news when management discovered that a homeless person had been living, apparently for some weeks, in the void behind one of the screens.