Odeon Bournemouth

27 Westover Road,
Bournemouth, BH1 2BZ

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andysummers on August 7, 2009 at 5:58 pm


Big and loud what you mean hardly any real bass much less any sub bass which they don’t have behind the screen and you got poorly ripped off, because I’ve seen what they have behind the screen and its at least nearly 50 years old or shy under 50 years that is.

Volt or Altec I don’t care which but its not JBL LOL well the HF horns are JBL 2360A the cabs are loaded with maybe JBL 2226 15”.

The cabs put out poor bass that may sound better in small cinema but not that cinema its not up to the demands of today’s cinematic digital soundtracks.

Surrounds are JBL 8330 in the poorest location why they should be on the sidewalls, now that is sheer Odeon laziness!

No subs, did I already mention that. It disgusts me. They have the nerve to charge what is it nearly £8.00? Daylight robbery!

If I was you! Hold on to your tickets and demand your money back plus extra for Odeon fibbing about saying their screen 1 is full digital, not even by half. Flipping cheek they have!

Monkeynut on June 25, 2009 at 10:50 am

Recently watched ‘Terminator 4’ at Odeon 6 (front old stalls). Amazed to see a massive new sized screen (previously was a pathetic postage stamp surrounded by black) Nice to see Odeon still making improvements on a site that is due to be closed. Sound was big and loud as you’d expect. Good one Odeon, keep it up.

drguywalker on September 15, 2008 at 7:44 am

The opening description – like all such descriptions on this site – gives disproportionate emphasis to the 30’s. What the two sentences devoted to the 1969 twinning neglect to mention are: the huge cost, the above-average design and technical content, the Quigley Award for Cinema Design, the huge Cinerama installation in Gaumont 1, the fact that this was the first Rank cinema outside of London to have a bar, that the gala re-opening involved everything from the town mayor to a hovercraft and that, above all, audiences absolutely loved it! No wonder, Ice Station Zebra opened in 70mm on on a 75 foot deep curve screen with 6 channel sound, this in 1969. That sort of experience hasn’t been bettered since!!

andysummers on May 22, 2008 at 4:34 pm

Spencer Clark and Dave are Odeon Wet Fish Muppets. Dave looks like a frigging wonky one eyed wombat, when looking at you; you just try not to laugh because he really does look like the wonky one eyed wombat.

just spreading the good and truthful joy of the lows and highs thou there are more lows than highs and its something this cinema still can’t even achieve with scandalous overpriced tickets for Frankenstein seating that feels like a crap bench down the carp beach and with carp sound to top it off with and dts that is made worse with piss poor donkey Muppet calibration that is so shameful it has to me mentioned publicly…

as the worse sounding cinema still to this day! Indian Jones was totally let down with too bright a sound and nothing to punch you, with solid sound reinforcement. I would have rather watched The Jazz Singer on there piss poor crap for crap sound system then dts being played it as its worse sigh.

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