Odeon Bournemouth

27 Westover Road,
Bournemouth, BH1 2BZ

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andysummers on November 10, 2007 at 8:14 pm

So those are not Altec A-4 behind the screen. I’ve been going there since the early 1970’s and the upstairs screen does like very nice it’s a pity the sound doesn’t measure up with today’s digital demands because the last film I saw there was Batman Begins in dts, and it sounded dreadful it was too bright sounding close to 100dbA that’s too LOUD! Bass just distorted on one screen channel, “right” all the time since they installed Dolby CP-500 and QSC and a few dozen surrounds JBL 8330. but they paid no attention to removing those old loudspeakers that where installed in there back in the 1960’s.

No sub bass channel array behind the screen, and the last time I saw behind the screen the HF horns left and right where placed on the floor! The centre channel HF horn was where it was supposed to be. What was the chief projectionist thinking at that site by placing the HF horns on the floor! All the directional sounds where lost on raiders of the lost ark and the rest of the Indiana Jones films that where shown there around 2003 I think each week rather than back to back in one night, poor show that was.

drguywalker on June 26, 2007 at 11:11 am

Odeon 1 is now the last unsubdivided ‘roadshow’ house from the era of Rank’s sixties twinning projects. It’s also the last original un-subdivivided ‘cinerama’ auditorium in the country. The auditorium is almost circular and the end wall is deeply curved with huge gold glass fibre curtains and red/blue/yellow ceiling rim lighting. Completing the authentic sixties experience is the brown and gold painted stippled plaster and, I kid you not, the original Vitavox loudspeakers. If this cinema were a car it would be called ‘a future classic’ – catch it while you can, particularly from the front row where a little bit of the cinerama experience lives on…

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 5, 2007 at 6:20 am

Here are 3 exterior photographs of the Odeon Bournemouth:
As the Gaumont Theatre in 1976
As the Odeon in 1989
A close-up of the entrance at night in December 2006 showing the ‘new’ Odeon signage