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nick commented about Odeon Theatre on Jul 28, 2007 at 4:37 pm

Updated News. Currently the Odeon is in a ‘holding patten’ whilst an exciting nexus of ‘lanes’ are developed around the theatre’s vicinity. The Odeon is in a very strong position of being a beacon of the entertainment district once it’s future is finalised.

Nick Paris

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nick commented about Odeon Theatre on Jan 22, 2007 at 11:36 pm

Fantastic News- The Odeon Theatre has been sold!!!!. The Theatre has been derelict for about 3 years. It was purchased by Property Ventures Ltd for a undisclosed sum early December. The company guru David Henderson has stated that this Venetian Gothic theatre will restored back to it’s original granduer. I consider it from what i know that likely it will once again reflect it’s entertainment past in it’s future journey. Structural reports are being assembled and analysed as i write and currently the theatre is undergoing weather proofing to stop further damage to it’s internal fabric.
This result is a victory for heritage and a victory for all lovers of the arts in Christchurch.

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nick commented about Odeon Theatre on Feb 11, 2006 at 12:23 am

Cleaned up the theatre today ready for Thursday presentation, everytime i’m in there it causes sweeping sensations of grandeur for the greater film community of Christchurch, many of our film communities are just waiting in the wings to springboard the restoration and upgrade. There will be a display of vintage film posters in the upstairs foyer on Thursday. The general public are invited to attend a tour of the theatre from 7.30pm onwards, join us for drinks and discussion with the Odeon Trustee’s. For further information e-mail/ .nz

Nick Paris
Chairman Odeon Trust

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nick commented about Odeon Theatre on Jan 17, 2006 at 11:33 pm

There is some movement on the current owners intentions for the theatre. Of course they still want to sell the building but in tandem with that they drafting plans to turn it into apartments/retail plus incorporating a performance space in the old balcony with a different entrance. I have seen the early drawings, i am not that optomistic they will satisfy the needs of the film/theatre community though. More like a gig venue of sorts to me which will depreciate it’s 130 yr old fabric. The Odeon Trust will hold a special presentation evening on Febuary 16th at 5.30pm at the Odeon to CEO’s of various arts organisations in an effort to raise the idea that it’s public donation that will save this building. The Christchurch City Council will not fund our trust for the purchase of the theatre for reasons that have not been fully explained, i have not been impressed by the actions of the CCC on a communication level.
2006 will be the year i feel where the fate will be known.

REgards,

Nick Paris,Chairman
Odeon Trust

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nick commented about Odeon Theatre on Apr 12, 2005 at 2:37 am

Hi Michael
Greetings from the mainland!, glad youv'e tuned in. Keep track of further comments on this excellent site and once again thanks for you interest.
Regards,
Nick Paris
Chairman
Odeon Trust

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nick commented about Odeon Theatre on Apr 11, 2005 at 3:03 am

Thanks Rex, the Odeon already has a Cat 2 rating both on the Historic Places register as well as Christchurch City Council’s own heritage register, what that classification means is that any change to the buildings use or application for demolition must be a publically notifiable process through the Enviroment Court should parties contest the developers intent.
Kind Regardsand keep up the comments.
Nick.

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nick commented about Odeon Theatre on Apr 7, 2005 at 2:34 pm

If anyone has any time or support in general please contact;
Nick Paris
03 9810353 Christchurch NZ
021 045 1645

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nick commented about Odeon Theatre on Apr 1, 2005 at 6:03 pm

Update; 02/04/05. The Odeon is still in developers hands. Extensive water damage on the east wall has caused much stress and damage of internal plasterwork. A 14 metre section of guttering has disintegrated. The owner has done nothing about it. Feral cats now have taken over the place, but thankfully only one break-in has occurred thus far. There has been suspicious fires in derelict buildings lately and the Odeon Trust has grave concerns about arson by vandals. As far as progress goes on purchasing the building there is a degree of enertia due to the price set by the property owner. We are continuing our efforts to source all available means to save the Odeon.

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nick commented about Odeon Theatre on Oct 14, 2004 at 1:30 am

As part of Heritage Week in Christchurch the Odeon will open it’s doors for all to view on OCTOBER 21ST from Noon through to 8.00pm, pop in for a coffee and rare peek into New Zealands second oldest cinema. Current owners are staying quiet over the future of the Odeon, it is hoped that a newly formed trust {THE ODEON TRUST} will advocate it’s preservation by seeking funds for purchase in the near future.
Nick Paris
Odeon Trust
Christchurch, New Zealand
savetheodeon.org.nz

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nick commented about Odeon Theatre on Jul 8, 2004 at 2:31 pm

FRIENDS OF THE ODEON WERE ON NATIONAL 6PM NEWS TV ONE JULY 8TH 2004. GREAT SHOTS OF THE THEATRE, SIR HOWARD MORRISON PLEDGES HIS SUPPORT FOR THE PRESERVATION BY PLANNING A BEBEFIT CONCERT, ALL PROCEEDS TO THE ODEON. CHRISTCHURCH CITY COUNCIL HAVE RECEIVED FEASIBILITY STUDIES ON USAGE AND ARE AWAITING A FURTHER REPORT ON EARTHQUAKE,FIRE AND SAFTEY PLUS A HERITAGE ASSESSMENT.

NICK PARIS
FRIEND OF THE ODEON

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nick commented about New York Times Asks "Digital Projection of Films Is Coming. Now, Who Pays?" on Oct 27, 2003 at 12:47 pm

Can anyone out there tell more your industry standard digital projector that can last 30-40 years like 35mm and what protects these expensive digital projectors from obsolescence in today,s driven society.

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nick commented about New York Times Asks "Digital Projection of Films Is Coming. Now, Who Pays?" on Oct 17, 2003 at 1:53 pm

Having been a projectionist in New Zealand for 20 odd yers- i can tell you the attempts in this country[re-digital] fall well short.Film technology seems to be keeping pace judging by the new generation of release prints. Bad handling has and is ‘celluloids’ greatest foe.– Nick.