Odeon Nottingham

9 Angel Row,
Nottingham, NG1 6HN

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grimbling on February 11, 2018 at 3:59 pm

Could we not have a more vibrant photo on the fromt page? The view of the demolition makes me weep. I suggest the ‘102 Dalmatians’ one.

CF100 on August 1, 2017 at 1:26 pm

The link in goodshow’s post no longer works; however the video can be viewed at:


goodshow on July 11, 2015 at 5:49 am

Exactly 50 years ago this fortnight to its original broadcast on ITV television, here’s the link to a mini-video from the archive of the East and West Midlands' universities' media project regarding the then new automatic control system


Empire_fan on July 10, 2015 at 2:11 pm

Nice cinema sad this was 2001.

Link to some pictures.


vadek on January 10, 2013 at 3:48 am

Very sad to see that this has been demolished. I remember being on a behind-the-scenes tour just prior to it opening as a twin screen cinema. I was in my early teens at the time and used to see 2-3 films a week in Nottingham throughout my teens. I’ll always remember the Odeon as being shiny and new. I still remember the projection “suite” with a rotating micro-switch drum to control curtains, lights etc.

70mmbobbyj on October 5, 2012 at 10:01 am

After reading the overview and seeing photo’s of screen 1 & 2 it seems strange that “1” was for Roadshows yet the screen in “2” seems to be bigger “image wise”. The same can be said of the old Odeon at Bradford.I saw a photo of the opening films for Nottingham Odeon and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was on in screen “2”, it was shot in Ultra Panavision 70mm.

surf_digby on September 23, 2012 at 9:07 am

The bulldozers have started. The Odeon Nottingham shall shortly be no more.

Stevethequeen on June 4, 2012 at 3:30 am

My uncle was the doorman at the odeon in the early 60’s he wore a purple Great coat and cap with gold trim on the shoulders, he let the Beatles out of the back entrance when they played there, and got there autographs, it was to packed With fans at the front door to get there car anywhere near!! Steve notts

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 28, 2009 at 9:41 pm

The Odeon Twin was the subject of an article in the American trade publication Boxoffice Magazine, October 25, 1965. It says that the plans for the 1964-65 rebuilding were made by the architectural firm of Harry W. Weedon and Partners, and the interior design consultants were Trevor Stone and Mavis Stone. Among the photos accompanying the article is one of the marquee displaying the announcement “Grand Opening July 12th.”

Cinefan on January 6, 2009 at 6:18 am

I thought it would be of intrest to inform you that plans have been improved for demolition of the building and building of a 3-11 storey office building.

The article is here, but it’s a subscription site. I think the bit that’s shown explains it all.


drguywalker on September 15, 2008 at 7:23 am

‘Destroyed’? What is it with this veneration for interior design and architecture which even in the 1930’s was viewed by architects as out-of-date and gaudy! No doubt the whole look and feel of theatres like this is fun to recall and interesting, but alternative styles and remodellings that came afterwards were every bit as designed as the original. For some reason the 1930’s seems to have been raised up to the cardinal point about which the whole edifice of cinema history revolves, yet very few people these days ever experienced it – on the contrary, the developments that came after are much more meaningful and equally interesting. This continual running down of anything that didn’t happen in the 30’s (and god forbid took place in the 60’s) is a real turn off. Cinema history itself will be heading the same way as the cinemas if the custodians of this history are not careful…rant over! P.S. When the theatre was being twinned, workmen sat astride the steel roof girders and smashed the ornate plasterwork out with sledgehammers – good riddance: the super-modern sixties replacement was brilliant!

raimesh on August 11, 2008 at 5:38 am

I work in Chapel Quarter (the building that replaced the ABC/Cannon cinema nearby) and noticed a planning application sign outside the old Odeon the other day.

If you search on the Nottingham City Council web-site for application 08/02237/PFUL3, it looks like they’re planning to knock it down and put up a 10-storey office block/shopping development :–(

Shame to lose these old cinemas, as the modern ones like the Cineworld and the Showcase just don’t have the same sense of romanticism. Still, at least we still have the Broadway.

lulah on November 25, 2007 at 5:46 am

Hello Doug Kelly

I am a student working on and interior design revnovation project of the odeon cinemas on Angel row Nottingham. As the cinema has been closed since 2001 i have found it hard to gain internal access to the site. so if you have any internal footage of the site that would be great if you could pass it on to me. I am also looking for some historical information, uses and any structural information on the building. I would appreciate as much info as possible, so if you see this feel free to contact my email address.Thanks
Lulah ( )

dougkelly on October 17, 2005 at 12:07 pm

I worked as chief pro for Rank Theatre Division in the 1960s. My jobs at the Nottingham twin opening in cluding reaserach and writing the opening programme supplement tracing the history of Notingham cinemas and describing the (then) new “automated twin cinema” concept. This supplement was adapted to form part of an edition of “Showtime” Magazine. I still have both of these. Another job, working with three great fellas from the Nottingham Historic Film Society was to write a treatment and supply footage for a documentary which was used in the opening programmes of both Odeons. A ring-binder still includes my press releases and media cuttings from that occasion. I remember our team from Rank staying at a hotel near or next to the Nottingham Theatre Royal where my cousin (Joan Varcoe)was singing female lead in a Nottingham Operatic Society production – “Brigadoon” I think. Best wishes in your work. Doug Kelly.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 14, 2005 at 6:53 am

The ‘modernised’ facade of the Odeon Nottingham in 1971 here:
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