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This is excellent news, I saw the Luxour in a very derelict state on the last CTA visit to Paris. Just shows what can be done where there is the will. Just a shame the screens are bare, A festoon in the original proscenium would have topped the restoration off nicely, but that’s just me.
Actually some of the screens are not that bad – 1 and the original 3 (now 5?) are decent sized stadium auditoria while the two in the basement are OK. Shame they tripled the original Screen 2 – Saw “The Living Daylights” in there back in 1987 and it was a really nice auditorium.
Odeon 1 is the last Cinerama auditorium left in the UK. Bournemouth could lose it & the ABC for a small, underground multiplex. If you live in Bournemouth, please oppose these plans.
Bournemouth Council plans to replace this cinema and the Odeon up the road with an underground multiplex. If that happens Bournemouth will lose two West End standard cinemas, ABC 1 & Odeon 1, If you live in Bournemouth please oppose these plans.
There was so much of this cinema that was intact it should have been listed.
Given the huge car park spaces either side of the auditorium, I’m amazed no-one has thought of converting the site to a multiplex by restoring the original auditorium and building additional screens over the car park, access could be through a new walkway under the circle with the circle and front stalls forming the largest screen. The bar area is still there and it would be far better than some of the multiplex plans I’ve heard of for Bournemouth.