Odeon Stockton-on-Tees

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

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Odeon Stockton-on-Tees

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The Odeon was built as a replacement to the demolished Regal Cinema/Odeon Stockton of 1935 vintage. It was built on the same site as the previous cinema and had an interior design by Anthony Sharp. Seating was all on one level (stadium style) with no overhanging balcony. It was equipped with 70mm & 35mm Victoria 8 projectors and the screen was 57ft wide and 26ft high.

It opened on 25th April 1968 with Julie Andrews in “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, and closed on 24th October 1981. After several years not being used it was converted into The Mall disco from spring of 1987, then Visage and from 2000 it was known as the Zanzibar nightclub. In 2013 it was known as ‘GLAM’, which had closed suddenly on 15th June 2013.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 24, 2005 at 11:31 pm

An exterior photograph of the ‘new’ Odeon Stockton-on-Tees taken in early 1969:
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And a December 1970 view:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 25, 2005 at 12:12 am

The Odeon opened with Julie Andrews in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” so the first photo I posted above is from around May 1968 during it’s ‘Roadshow’ presentation here and not ‘early 1969’ when that film went on Odeon general release. The cinema was equipped with 70mm projection facilities.

FanaticalAboutOdeon
FanaticalAboutOdeon on May 10, 2013 at 3:13 am

As “Fanatical about Odeon”, I have posted pictures of the 1968 Odeon, interior and exterior, and a ticket to the opening performance, on Flickr. I have good memories from my time spent there as Assistant/Relief Manager from 1969 to 1971. A lovely cinema with a loyal staff and in the friendliest town I’ve ever worked in. The Odeon long gone, a motorway built right through the town, the railway station replaced by a “bus shelter” halt…such decimation is a dreadful shame and, in the current economic climate, Stockton-on-Tees is a mere shadow of its former self.

Londonstation
Londonstation on June 17, 2018 at 7:36 am

I worked as a Trainee Projectionist from 1955 until 1964 when I went to London as a trainee manager and eventually in the West End as manager.My Managers at Stockton were Mr. Bernard Goldthorpe, and Ken Williams, There was a very busy restaurant which was never replaced when the theatre was rebuilt.Anyone know what the building is now since the Night Club closed.

Cjbx11
Cjbx11 on July 19, 2018 at 2:10 pm

ondonstation, The building was purchased by Stockton council when the Glam nightclub closed and has remained empty since. When the cinema opened as The Mall nightclub the new owners made the building look very attractive with the frount all in black with silver lettering, but sadly as the club was sold on to various owners it started to deitireate and when It opened as Glam they even lowered the frount of the building which was only false cladding as the frount foyer was only a single storey building with the cinema behind which now leaves the building a bit of an ugly eyesaw.

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