Odeon Bilston

41 Lichfield Street,
Bilston, WV14 0AJ

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Imtryin on April 4, 2008 at 7:30 am

I used to live in this very building!!! My dad was the manager when it was i think coral\Gala about 1985. the living quaters were upstatirs, their were two sets of steps, the first one leading to the living space and the second leading to the double doors onto the balcony. My dad never let us go up them stairs, he said it was dangerous, so we never did, untill one day! from the outside, the big semi circular windows was my dads bedroom, (very big room) it included the small round winow aswell, the two rectangular windows were the kitchen. when you walked up the first flight of steps, in front of you were to big wooden doors with ‘managers office’ written across the top, (these were locked i think and at this time led into my dads bedroom). One sunday afternnon (bingo wasnt played sunday afternoon then) we were bored so my dad got the keys and led us up the stairs to the balcony, we walked on and i remember feeling like we were in a different building! all the original seating remained, carpet (what was left) and most of the decortative plaster, very impressive as i remember but unfortunatley too young to appreciate. we also went up into the old projector room very spooky! I have never seen pictures of the inside as it was when it was a cinema, id love to see some if their are any. I remember the place very well and would know exactly where to go if i went back their. i might go back and visit one day, i dont live that far away now. i think it ssome sort of social club now so i reckon most of its been changed?? from what i remember it was a pretty impressive bingo club very busy most nights.