Last Curtain for doomed Odeon Cinema Manchester
posted by Stephen Lynch on March 15, 2007 at 5:00 am
MANCHESTER, UK — Manchester Historian Eddy Rhead has failed in his attempt to get the last picture palace in Manchester UK listed under the UK’s Historical buildings register. Developers now have the green light to pull down the historic theatre and replace it with a 14 story office block. The Odeon started life as one of a handful of Paramount Pictures opulant UK cinemas.
The full story and some then and now pictures go to theManchester Evening News
This is dreadful news, I am so sorry.
I believe that the inside plasterwork was deliberately wrecked to scupper any possibility of listing. This has been confirmed in the latest Cinema Theatre Association bulletin.
I am absolutely furious. This also happened to the Manchester Metropolitan’s Capitol building and the Empress mysteriously burned down … all for property developers to make Â£Â£Â£Â£ from building flats?
Pathetically short-sighted in my view and future generations are unlikely to be thankful for the wanton wrecking of architecture of the past.
I feel sad reading this about Manchesters loss.
I live in a ‘young’ American city that tore down many of its older buildings due to greed in order to build massive office buildings.
We are left with a bland empty city with little to remind us what made the city brillaint in the beginning.
Fight for as many buildings as you can in Manchesters regeneration. Older buildings have so much character and can be used again.