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After several weeks of stripping out and asbestos removal, work commenced today – 12th June 2018 – on demolishing the cinema, starting with screen 2.
REEL DEMOLITION 1
REEL DEMOLITION 2
REEL DEMOLITION 3
Images of the former Odeon / Gaumont as the Mecca Bingo Hall (May 2018) here:–
AUDITORIUM FROM REAR
AUDITORIUM FROM STAGE
The Reel was stripped out on the 27th April, and will be demolished within weeks – starting 7th May 2018. It had been hoped to screen “E.T.-The Extra Terrestrial” on the last night but sadly there was insufficient time to arrange.
A few photographs taken on the morning after closure here:–
PROJECTION ROOM – SCREEN 2
The cinema quietly closed on Thursday 26 April 2018 with “Rampage” in Screen 1 and “Truth or Dare” in Screen 2. Even the Reel website contained no mention of closure in the final weeks and no public ceremony or event was held on the final day. For the first time in 35 years Grantham is without a first-run cinema.
Some photos taken on the final afternoon – Saturday 31st March 2018 – before and after the final film “Stalker” (there was a live Met Opera screening in the evening).
AUDITORIUM TO SCREEN
AUDITORIUM TO REAR
The cinema was renamed Savoy in 2017 and commencing in September 2017 a major scheme of improvements and refurbishment started – the work is being done in stages without closing the venue. The largest screen now seats 343.
Photos from March 2018
Still going strong in 2018, and indeed about to expand with the addition of a third screen on the right hand side of the building.
Now scheduled to close 26th April 2018
I looked into the foyer (from outside) yesterday and it seemed very unlikely to be finished by lunchtime today!
The Scala has a rather splendid new lighting scheme at night – photo taken January 2018:–
SCALA KINGS CROSS
Night shot of the Odeon Covent Garden facade – January 2018 – here:–
ODEON COVENT GARDEN
Photo of the Odeon in new Luxe guise – January 2018 – here:–
ODEON LUXE HAYMARKET
Photo of the facade at night during the renovations here – possibly a brief period when it is all visible, without adverts. Will they, I wonder cover the Empire Theatre name?
Photographs of the Guildhall:–
THEATRE TOWARD STAGE
THEATRE FROM STAGE
Look under “Theatres” at the top of the page and then “Add your favourite”
Some photos of the reopened Everyman Cinema taken on January 2018 here (I echo the sumptuous design and helpfulness of the staff comments made by FanacticalAboutOdeon):–
SCREEN 1 ENTRANCE
I was in Leicester Square last night 10th January) and the Odeon was hosting the European Premiere of “The Post” – not sure if this was for one night only or not.
Savoy Cinemas (Nottingham) announced as operator of the new complex – with opening slipped to “Early 2019”.
Still planned to close the existing Reel twin cinema in May 2018 leaving the town without films for over half a year.
The cinema was a runner up in the “Cinema of the Year” 2017. Photos from November 2017:–
Crap Council – really pleased we have got out of the town TBH.
Still no announcement of the operator, but a start on the site next door to the existing cinema (which will close in 2018) was made in November 2017.
NEW CINEMA SITE
Nightshot of the former Plaza from November 2017:–
Some last shots of the final drama (on-stage) at the theatre on 8th November 2017). The Coronet will finally close with a last party on the night of 31st December 2017 / 1st January 2018.
AUDITORIUM AND STAGE
A few more demolition photos a few weeks later in the process (October 2016):–
As of October 2017 the Capitol is up and running again as a Wetherspoons pub with no apparent change to the interior from 2014.
BALCONY AND REAR