Odeon Bournemouth

27 Westover Road,
Bournemouth, BH1 2BZ

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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