Save the Odeon
posted by Michael Zoldessy on March 25, 2009 at 7:30 am
DONCASTER, SOUTH YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND — The fight is on to save the endangered Odeon Doncaster.
Owners Lazarus Properties want to demolish the town-centre art-deco landmark and replace it with a £13million complex containing shops, eateries, a gym, a casino and offices. The Doncaster-based developer has now submitted a planning application for the 75,000 sq ft development.
Lazarus said the scheme was vital for the future of the town centre and would act as a benchmark for future developments in Doncaster.
However, a campaign group, Friends of Doncaster Odeon, is hoping that English Heritage will decide to grant listed building status to stop its demolition.
Read the full story at the Doncaster Free Press.
It will be a great loss if Doncaster loses it’s last old time cinema.As the Gaumont, the theatre was a great entertainment centre playing films & live shows and was a much better theatre for the Doncaster Amateur Operatic Society than the towns Civic Theatre.Surely, this could become the towns new Civic Theatre. The Regent in Stoke On Trent was de-tripled and now serves as a first class touring theatre.Doncaster’s former Gaumont could be the same.Come on Doncaster, get your finger out!
I’ve started a ‘Save the Doncaster Odeon/Gaumont’ group on Facebook if anyone is interested in joining.