Odeon Stockton-on-Tees

89-91 High Street,
Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1AA

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Originally opened as the Regal Cinema on 22nd April 1935, it was taken over by Oscar Deutsch’s chain of Odeon Theatres Ltd. in 1944 and re-named Odeon from 12th March 1945.

I started work at this cinema in 1955 with the film “Picnic”. It was a very busy cinema and had a very busy restaurant. It was discovered that one of the supporting walls was sinking, and was closed on 3rd September 1966. The manager was Bernard Goldthorpe and the chief projectionst Stan Close.

It was demolished and a new Odeon was built on the site, which opened on 25th April 1968. This has its own page on Cinema Treasures. It became a nightclub, named Zanzibar and by 2013 was named ‘GLAM’.

Contributed by Malcolm Hardy

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 25, 2005 at 7:16 am

An exterior photograph of the Odeon Stockton-on-Tees taken in 1949:
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johnpaullucky7
johnpaullucky7 on January 14, 2007 at 8:24 pm

here is a picture of the Odeon in Stockton-on-Tees back in 1985 this is when it closed down
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this building wasnt demolished it still stands its now a zanzibar nightclub

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 14, 2007 at 8:46 pm

John;Thanks for your input and the photograph. However, this page is for the original Regal/Odeon which was demolished and the ‘new’ Odeon you pictured was built on the same site.

The ‘new’ Odeon has its own page here:
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Hope you can post you photograph on that page! Thanks

FanaticalAboutOdeon
FanaticalAboutOdeon on May 9, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Bernard Goldthorpe and Stan Close continued in their respective roles in the replacement Odeon and I knew them well. I was Bernard’s assistant manager from late 1969 and took over the cinema when he was hospitalised with a heart condition during 1970. Mr Goldthorpe was a most enthusiastic manager and a lovely man, his wife and family were most supportive and would invite me to join them for Sunday lunch while Bernard recuperated. He was always keen to hear of my latest attempts to boost the Odeon’s profitability (with new 70mm. product becoming thin on the ground and our cinema mainly depending on the Rank Release, we were struggling as a proportion of the rebuilding cost was still coming out of our profits every week and we were sharing programmes with the Odeons Middlesbrough, Darlington and West Hartlepool). On Flickr as “Fanatical about Odeon”, I have posted pictures of the new Odeon’s interior and exterior and a ticket for the opening performance.

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